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Husband and wife duo, Chef Rob and Emily McDaniel are planning to bring a new restaurant, named Helen, to downtown Birmingham. Featuring prime meats, seafood, vegetables and more—all from local sources—Helen is bound to be a hit. Here is what we know so far.
Meet Helen, a Contemporary Grill Coming Soon to Birmingham
Helen will be the McDaniel’s take on a classic dining experience. Chef McDaniel plans to pay homage to the hardwood coals and smoke of his grandmother’s grill with each dish. The menu will vary from season to season with products fresh from local suppliers. Imagine meats and seafood served with vegetables and non-traditional sides. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Backed by a Culinary Veteran
Helen is the brainchild of Chef Rob and Emily McDaniel, an Alabama husband and wife cooking duo. Previously, Chef Rob worked as the executive chef at SpringHouse on Lake Martin. And he must have done something right, because he is a five-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: South (2013-2017).
While Rob takes care of the food, Emily will take care of hospitality. The McDaniels have partnered with local designers—such as Prier Construction and architects Hendon & Huckestein—to update the building to fit the restaurant’s needs. Inside, Hatcher Schuster Interiors will take care of interior design, while Madwind Studios will create custom metal, wood and glass work to match the aesthetic.
While we don’t have a set open date yet, the McDaniels are planning to open Helen this summer. So keep an eye on their new Instagram page and their website for the latest news. I for one can’t wait to try their food!