EATS Highland, a new Southern cooking and Cuban inspired restaurant to open on September 6

EATs Highland’s Wendy and Richard Cruse. EATS Highland opens on September 6, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Highland Park Neighborhood in Birmingham is about to add a new and exciting restaurant – EATS Highlands.

Located at 2608 Highland Avenue, (look for the bright yellow awning) EATS Highland owners, Wendy and Richard Cruse have informed Bham Now, they will be holding a soft opening this week, serving lunch.

The Opening Dates

According to the Cruses a limited lunch will be served on Friday and Saturday, September 6 & 7, between 11-2.  The following week EATS Highland will serve lunch on Thursday, September 12 to Saturday, September 14.


A few weeks ago, Bham Now sat down with Wendy and Richard to discuss their plans for EATS Highland.

What’s on the Menu?

A family owned local restaurant, EATS Highland  will be offering an diverse  two sided menu. One side will have Cuban inspired Latin meals and appetizers, while the other side of the menu will offer meat and three southern cooking.

Wendy’s Specials

EATs Highland’s Wendy Cruse. EATS Highland opens on September 6, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Along with the main menu, EATS Highland will feature daily specials by Wendy.


“There is a niche in between the two (menus) – which is “Wendy’s specials,” said Richard Cruse.  She will be cooking these “off menu items” daily and they will be posted by the road on a sandwich board.  That’s what Wendy looks forward to the most, cooking her specials.”

Wendy, who has worked at several executive dining establishments around the Birmingham area will be the chef. Richard is the manager.

Passion for Food

Creating and making meals has always been Wendy’s passion, even at a very young age.

“I grew up with my grandparents, and we always had a garden,” added Wendy.  “I’ve cooked since I was ten, but even when I was younger, I was always in the way and under foot. They let me do what I wanted to do. It is what I love.”

Additional Details About EATS Highlands

EATS Highland opens on September 6, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Located near one of Highland Avenue’s busiest intersections – Niazuma and Highland Avenue, EATS Highland plans to be open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.


Along with the Cuban-inspired meals and Southern cooking (with a number of gluten free options), the restaurant seats about 45 and will have some outside seating. They will also have their own parking area in front of the restaurant.

Once the business gets up and running, they do intend to sell local beers, wines and limited mixed drinks.

Much Anticipated

The only commercial development between Rhodes and Caldwell Parks on Historic Highland Avenue, the re-opening of a restaurant in the neighborhood has been much anticipated and years in the making.


The opening of the new restaurant is welcome news.

Author: 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.