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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.
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
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.
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.