Bayles Restaurant and Catering adds to the new restaurant options in Woodlawn

Birmingham AL, small business
Birmingham AL, Bayles Restaurant
Chef Tony Bayles and his brother, Willie Bayles. Photo taken for Bham Now

Bayles Restaurant and Catering is creating an appetite for redevelopment in the Woodlawn area and satisfying a hunger for revitalization in the community!

Short rib grilled cheese, crispy buffalo chicken sliders, pasta salad, and a classic BLT are some of the items you can find on the Bayles Restaurant menu at an affordable price.

The southwestern omelette with grits, potatoes, and toast from Bayles Restaurant. Photo via Cody Short for Bham Now

Tony Bayles, owner of Bayles Restaurant and Catering, has been whippin it in the kitchen for almost 20 years! Bayles started off assisting his uncle’s catering business in the late 1990’s, and in 2004 he attended Virginia College culinary school.

After finishing culinary school he moved to Woodlawn for its affordable living, and continued to cater for events.

Bayles Restaurant and Catering business was officially opened in 2011 in a building off of 1st Ave North, Woodlawn, as a take out only location. Tony’s brother, Willie Bayles, joined the business and became an instrumental part by helping manage the kitchen and assisting with the restaurant while Tony completes catering orders.

The new Bayles Restaurant in Woodlawn. Photo via Cody Short for Bham Now

Since being in business, Bayles Restaurant has gained a reputation in the community for providing affordable meals. I mean…you can get pancakes, eggs, and sausage for $5.50!

Business has been good to the Bayles brothers and this last April they expanded to a larger location. Tony stated, “We had outgrown that location and this building became available.” The building he’s talking about was once an abandoned, white building facing 1st Avenue North.

Due to the larger storefront that can be seen from 1st Ave., business has doubled since the opening in April. Bayles Restaurant has also expanded their menu to more options, serving both breakfast and lunch until it’s closing at 3:00 everyday.

The new Bayles Restaurant in Woodlawn. Photo via Cody Short for Bham Now

Bayles is open Sunday-Friday, and closed on Saturdays for catering events. Sundays is for Soul Food items like oxtails, fried and baked chicken, blackened catfish, mac n cheese, dressing, collard greens and okra. 

Bayles Restaurant adds to the revitalizations that’s taking place in Woodlawn.  “This is an opportunity for good quality food at an affordable price in the neighborhood. You have to have that in a neighborhood that’s trying to have the people to start spending money in their own community.”

Birmingham AL, small business
Catering spread, photo via Bayles Catering Services

You can visit Bayles Restaurant and Catering and get foods ranging from $1.50-$8.00 at 5831 1st Ave. North on Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM and Monday – Friday 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM. 

Author: Cody Short

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