Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurant plans July opening in Founders Station. They’re hiring now!

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With palm trees and teal accents, you can’t miss the Cayo Coco Rum Bar patio in Founders Station on the corner of 1st Ave N off Morris Ave next to The Essential and The Pilcrow. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Cayo Coco —a new concept from the owner of The Collins Bar—is set to open next month in Founders Station! And they’re hiring. Keep reading for more details about what’s to come plus how to apply today!

Cayo Coco is Bringing Color to Morris Avenue

From the recent addition of the Rainbow Wall mural to the revitalization of Founders Station, Morris Avenue is coming to life. Cayo Coco, set to open tentatively the second week of July, will bring sound and color downtown in the form of Cuban/South American cuisine and tropical rum cocktails.

The restaurant, which has been in the works for two years, is the latest project from the owner of The Collins Bar, Andrew Collins.

From the street, the windows of Cayo Coco are covered. When inside decor is complete, they plan on taking it down so passersby can get a sneak peek. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Tropical Time Travel to 1930s Cuba

Cayo Coco, named after the popular island off the coast of central Cuba, will transport patrons to a new era: 1930s-40s Cuba. The inside is transformative with teal walls, rustic mirrors and brass accents—guaranteed to wow any visitor who wanders in.

But the personal touches are my favorite. Like the mural that reads “Los tragos hacien milagros,” which means “The drinks do miracles”—modeled after a newspaper from the era. Or an enlarged black and white photo on the wall showing Collins’ parents on vacation on a Cuban beach.

View of Cayo Coco from 1st Ave N. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The Eats & Drinks

The food will be done by Chef Haller Magee—previously of Satterfield’s and the Elyton Hotel. He will put his own Southern twist on the Latin cuisine.

Managing Partner, Josh Schaff: “We’re going to offer this kind of half realism, half fantastical version of what we feel Cuban and South American cuisine is.”

They’ll have rum drinks of different styles—from mojitos and highballs to daiquiris and tiki drinks. They’ll also offer temperance cocktails as a non-alcoholic alternative for patrons.

View of the Cayo Coco patio. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Cayo Coco is Hiring

Their tentative opening date is set for July 8, and they are currently hiring for all positions including:

  • Servers
  • Bartenders
  • Hostesses
  • Dishwashers
  • Kitchen staff

If you’re interested, you can apply via Facebook, Instagram or in person at their 1st Ave N location next to Pilcrow and The Essential.

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Hannah Chambley
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