Check out the new Nick Saban Booth at The Bright Star in Bessemer (photos)

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The Bright Star Nick Saban Booth
Plaque at The Bright Star Restaurant designating the Nick Saban booth. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

Nick Saban booth at The Bright Star. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Bright Star – a treasure

First, a note about The Bright Star. It is a treasure.

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Photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

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.

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James Beard Foundation plaque in front of The Bright Star – Pat Byington, Bham Now

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.

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The Bright Star restored murals – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now
The Bright Star sports/cultural memorabilia at the entrance of the restaurant. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

And of course, there is the famous Paul “Bear” Bryant Booth and now the Nick Saban booth.

The 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.

Nick Saban has own booth at The Bright Star restaurant

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.

Saban’s Booth

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.

Side view of the Nick Saban Booth at The Bright Star. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
Signed football at The Bright Star Nick Saban Booth. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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