Same peanuts, new name
Strolling down Morris Avenue this week (above, looking west between Richard Arrington Blvd. and 20th Street North) it was a pleasant surprise to smell roasted peanuts–a familiar smell here for over 100 years. As we reported a couple months ago, the Peanut Depot (founded 1907) has moved to the booming Parkside District; it was the last wholesale/retail food business left on Morris Avenue, which in the late 19th and early 20th Street had been the center for this local trade. Now, it seems that while Parkside (and nearby Region’s Field) will be enjoying Peanut Depot peanuts, the new Peanut Place business is carrying on the legacy on Morris Avenue.
Hot peanut = good peanut
As it turns out, the Peanut Depot rented the space and much of the equipment; when they departed, the building’s owners decided to keep roasting and boiling peanuts with the same antique roasters, in the same space, with the same old-fashioned simplicity (one of the owners pictured above). We look forward to Peanut Place enticing passerby with that delicious aroma for many more years to come!
The Peanut Depot, a longtime fixture on Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham (above, looking north between 20th Street North and Richard Arrington Blvd.), is perhaps the last surviving business of this street’s original incarnation as the Victorian city’s wholesale produce and warehousing center (most every building now contains lofts, professional offices, studios and bars). But you only have a few more weeks to enjoy them here, as they will be moving to Parkside in March. A downtown fixture for almost 110 years, Peanut Depot needs to expand to support their growing sales across the US; their new location near Region’s Field will also be convenient for Birmingham Barons ball games–for which they have, fittingly, the exclusive concession for peanut sales.
Sad that Morris Avenue will lose the delicious aroma of roasted peanuts–but great news this longtime business is relocating into one of the most exciting areas currently revitalizing downtown. Here’s to another century of deliciousness–and watch out for that unmistakable scent to drift over Parkside.