50+ places that opened in Birmingham during 2019. Plus, what’s opening in 2020

How gorgeous is this sunset over the Birmingham skyline. No wonder they call it the Magic City. Photo via @bobthebanker1977 on Instagram

Birmingham business is booming. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest Birmingham openings from 2019. Plus, look ahead at the most anticipated openings coming in 2020.


Fancy the Elephant mural at Avondale Brewing Company. Photo via @magiccitymurals on Instagram

The Avondale neighborhood is booming. From cat cafes and mouth-watering BBQ, to a kombucha taproom and sculpture garden coming soon—we love watching new businesses make Avondale home.

2019 Openings: Gatos and Beans, Rodney Scott’s, The Thirsty Donkey and more.

How cool is this mural?! Find it on the side of Gatos and Beans in Avondale. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Coming 2020: Harvest Roots and Elysian Gardens


The official groundbreaking at the site of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Business is busy in Bessemer, and 2020 is looking bright. We’re most looking forward to the new Amazon Fulfillment Center and Carvana opening next year—and the nearly 2,000 jobs they’ll bring with them!

2019 Openings: The Back Porch, Masa Sushi + Hibachi and more.

Coming 2020: Amazon Fulfillment Center, Carvana and more.

Downtown + Parkside

Downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via @dyoungblood71 on Instagram

If you spend any time downtown, you won’t be surprised at the length of this list. The restaurant and bar scene is growing fast. If you loved the additions in 2019 like Cayo Coco and Mile End Deli, you just wait for 2020. 

2019 Openings: Birmingham Candy Company, Cayo Coco, Zaza (reopened), Crestline Bagel, Mile End Deli and more!

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Mmm! Bagels from Mile End Deli. Photo via Mile End Deli

Coming 2020: Neon Moon, Unos Tacos + Ashley Mac’s in The Pizitz Food Hall and Monday Night Brewing.


The Ensley Alive mural is a must-see in this neighborhood. Photo via @ensleyalive Instagram

Big plans are in the works for Ensley spanning the next few years. We can’t wait to see the transformation of the Ramsay-McCormick building. Construction should begin in 2020 with a finish date set for Aug. 2021. We’re keeping our eye on Ensley.

2019 Openings: The Modern House Coffee Shop

Left to right, Jeanisha Whetstone, Troy Whetstone of Modern House Coffee and Brian K. Rice at the downtown Ensley pop-up event on July 20, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Coming 2020: California Country Organics (Date TBD), construction on the Ramsay-McCormick building

Five Points South

The Storyteller. Frank Fleming’s beautiful fountain in the heart of 5 Points Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

What a busy year it’s been for Five Points South. So many wonderful shops and restaurants have moved in, making it a hot spot once again for Birminghamians. We’re looking forward to some major developments for the area in 2020 including its status as an Entertainment District to go into effect and the completion of the 17-story student living building.

2019 Openings: Filter Coffee, Unplugged, McFly’s, Bayleaf, Domestique Panache

If this picture doesn’t make you want to go to Filter right now, I don’t know what will. Photo via Filter Coffee Parlor on Facebook

Coming 2020: Five Points South will open as an entertainment district and the 17-story student living building will be completed!

Forest Park + Highland Park

Inside General in Forest Park. Photo by Bham Now

These two neighborhoods are lovely. Shopping around Forest Park on a Saturday is so nice—you have restaurants, plant shops, a vintage store and more all within a few steps. And Highland Park, just around the corner, is just a sweet to explore.

2019 Openings: General and EATS Highland

You can’t miss the Eats Highland signage! Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Coming 2020: VINEGAR Contemporary and Highland Park’s new community garden!

Homewood + Lakeshore Parkway

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Rustic tart. SO GOOD. Photo via @BakingBandit

Homewood is happenin’. It feels like something is popping up on every corner, and we’re not mad about it. So many cool things have made Homewood home in the last year, and there’s plenty more on the way.

And not too far away, Lakeshore Parkway is also having a moment. With the huge opening (literally) of the Premier Lux Cinema and recently Cookout, we can’t wait to see what else pops up in these two bustling areas.

2019 Openings: Bandit, Homewood Bagel Co., Ruby Sunshine, Greenhouse, Premier Lux Cinema, Publix and more.

Asiago Rosemary bagel at Homewood Bagel Co. Photo submitted.

Coming 2020: Cookout, Neighborhood Nutrition and SoHo Standard.


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The views from Tip Top Grill in Hoover, AL. Perfection in Bluff Park. Photo via @tiptopgrill

Hoover is a hotbed for new business in Birmingham. We could barely keep track of everything that opened in the past year. But we have a feeling 2020 might give 2019 a run for its money. 

2019 Openings: Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, The Casual Pint, Farrelly’s Southern Bar & Kitchen and more in Stadium Trace Village.

How yum does this Super Chix tray look?! Photo via Super Chix

Coming 2020: Melt’s 2nd Location, Super Chix, East 59 Vintage & Cafe and more.

Lakeview + Pepper Place

Look familiar? You’ve probably seen the Mayawell Bar Mural while driving through Lakeview. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

Where do we even begin?! Lakeview and Pepper Place have steadily grown over the past year—whether it’s a new restaurant or retail, there seemed to always be something new to try. We are so excited for some big openings coming 2020, like Jeni’s Ice cream and Half Shell Oyster House!

2019 Openings: Dread River, Mayawell, Automatic Seafood, Brat Brot Reopened, Los Amigos moved in and more!

We can’t wait to have Jeni’s Ice Cream in Birmingham. And trust us, it’s as good as it looks. Photo via Jeni’s Ice Cream

Coming 2020: Jeni’s Ice Cream, Half Shell Oyster House, Hot & Hot Fish House

Mountain Brook

Abhi Eatery & Bar in Mountain Brook Village. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

2019 was a great year in Mountain Brook, and there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Eateries that are already local favorites like Sol Y Luna and Blue Root Co. will be settling in Mountain Brook village in 2020, and we can’t wait. 

2019 Openings: Carrigan’s 2nd Location, Abhi Eatery & Bar, Golden Age Wine, Finch Fine Wine, Bobby Carl’s Table and more.

How yummy does this Blueroot Co. salad look?! Photo via Blueroot Co.

Coming 2020: Sol Y Luna, Watkins Branch Bourbon and Brassiere, Blue Root Co. and more!


Who’s thirsty!? Photo via Birmingham District Brews

With the opening of The Battery in 2018, we knew 2019 would look good for Southside. This past year we’ve seen awesome additions to the area like District Brewing Co. and Gus’s Fried Chicken. We’re sure 2020 will not disappoint as more businesses head down south.  

2019 Openings: Yummefy, Wasabi Juans, Birmingham District Brews, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Magic City Nutrition, and more in The Battery.

Coming 2020: Birmingham’s 2nd Cookout location!

The Summit + Vestavia

Cactus Mural at The Summit. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

This area of Birmingham is definitely one to watch. The Summit, The Bray and more developments kept us busy writing about new openings in 2019. And the developments are chugging along in 2020. This year, we’re excited to see the completion of Wald Park!

2019 Openings: REI, Paddywax Candle Bar, UNTUCKit and On Tap Sports Cafe in Vestavia.

Coming 2020: The completion of the Wald Park development!


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Ferus Artisan Ales has the brews. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Trussville is on FIRE. And judging by what’s headed that way in 2020, it doesn’t look like things are cooling off anytime soon. Rodney Scott’s BBQ and Hero Doughnuts are both opening locations here. *Praise Hands* 

2019 Openings: Taco Mama, Jack’s, The Pink CBD Store, Ferus Artisan Ales and more.

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Carrot cake doughnut. Photo via Hero Doughnuts

Coming 2020: Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Hero Doughnuts, Half Shell Oyster House and more. 

Of course we couldn’t list every single opening for 2019/2020 here, so let us know what we missed.

Send us your favorite 2019 opening or what business you’re most looking forward to seeing in 2020 on social @BhamNow!

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