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Last week, while visiting Bessemer, Alabama, I made the newest pilgrimage for an Alabama Football fan. I visited the Nick Saban Booth at The Bright Star.
The Bright Star – a treasure
First, a note about The Bright Star. It is a treasure.
Alabama’s oldest restaurant, it has been named an ‘American Classic’ by the James Beard Foundation – a title that is the unofficial Hall of Fame for restaurants nationwide.
The food at The Bright Star is fantastic and the service is top notch – you are welcomed like you are family. The restaurant itself is a living museum, with murals that were painted in 1915 recently unearthed and restored, and sports/ Alabama cultural memorabilia placed throughout the establishment.
And of course, there is the famous Paul “Bear” Bryant Booth and now the Nick Saban booth.
Earlier this month, there were numerous news accounts about the new Saban booth. Below is a link to a story that appeared on WVTM NBC 13 describing the newly christened Saban Booth.
Strategically located between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, the legendary downtown Bessemer restaurant has been a favorite of Alabama head coaches ever since the Bear Bryant became a regular patron. Check out The Bright Star owner Jimmy Koikos story about Bryant’s first visit.
Tucked away in the furthest back corner of the restaurant, Saban’s Booth is modestly decorated with a few framed photos, a signed football and a plaque.
The booth does have a couple of windows which provides some natural light during day visits.
Food and History
Whether you want to see the Bryant or Saban Booths or just want a great meal served by a friendly and generous staff, in a historical place, a visit to Bessemer’s The Bright Star restaurant should be on everyone’s bucket list.
And of course, for Bama fans, the new Saban Booth is a bonus.