Restaurant reopenings + new openings to keep on your radar, including Iron City Grill

Welcome back, Iron City Grill! Photo submitted

There’s no doubt that we still need to take the global pandemic and our health seriously. Luckily, Birmingham and its restaurants go with the flow and have learned how to grow while adapting to our new normal. Check out these restaurant reopenings and even some new openings coming to town.

Iron City Grill

The countdown to Sept. 15 begins. Photo via Iron City Grill’s Facebook

I wish you could see our faces when we heard this news! Iron City Grill just announced that they’ll be reopening on September 15 with a limited menu and new hours. They’ll also be offering curbside pick-up.

We’re looking forward to it reopening so we can get a bite of food and reminiscence about the days when we enjoyed our favorite artists in concert. What better way to support one of Birmingham’s favorite music venues than with food?

Big Lupo Pizza Cafe

This is a personal size pizza, right? Asking for a friend. Photo via Big Lupo’s Facebook

Mama mia! Calera’s growing historic Main Street district is getting ready to welcome Big Lupo Pizza Cafe, Shelby County’s newest pizza joint. According to the Shelby County Reporter, owner William Wolfe is planning to open the restaurant at the end of the year.

Big Lupo will be serving up brick oven-style pizza and breadsticks. They had me at pizza, but breadsticks have a special place in my heart…and stomach. There’ll be indoor and outdoor seating available.

  • Address: 8259 US-31, Calera, AL 35040
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Eugene’s Hot Chicken

Birmingham, Eugene's Hot Chicken
Wipe your mouth. You’re drooling. Photo via Eugene’s Hot Chicken’s Facebook

Hoover’s about to get a little hotter. Eugene’s has been serving Downtown Birmingham and hitting the streets with their food truck for several years now. Owner Zebbie Carney figured that it’s time to take his successful restaurant to the suburbs.

Eugene’s second location will be near the Galleria so it’ll be among the hustle and bustle of Hoover. It’s set to open in October so make sure to be on the lookout for an official date next month. Even a pandemic can’t stop Birmingham from showing support to our favorite local businesses like Eugene’s.

Milo’s Burgers

That extra piece of patty on the burgers really sets it off. IYKYK! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Milo’s Hamburgers—an Alabama staple in my opinion. Burgers, sweet tea, chicken fingers and don’t even get me started on the seasoned crinkle fries. Milo’s just announced that they’ll be opening a new location in Cahaba Heights this September.

The new location will include outdoor seating and a drive-thru. Indoor dining isn’t yet available at due to the pandemic, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the drive-thru and takeout service will be a hit.

If you want to learn more about the new Cahaba Heights location or get in on the action by joining the team, check out our latest.

The Tavern at East Lake

Hungry for breakfast, anyone? Photo via The Tavern at East Lake’s Facebook page

East Lake’s newest eatery, The Tavern at East Lake, is open for business. There’s still time to get in on some of the fun. They’re having a grand opening event on September 25 and 26 that’ll feature music and college football. Food, music and football? Sounds like the place to be.

The owners moved to Birmingham in 2012 and fell in love with the East Lake community. Now, they’re bringing great vibes and even better food to the neighborhood. Want to learn more? We’ve got you covered.

J Wings

Hungry? Yeah, us, too. Photo via J Wings on Facebook

The Pizitz Food Hall is getting ready to welcome another restaurant. We’re already hungry just thinking about it. In about a month or two, J Wings will be making it’s way to Downtown Birmingham in addition to its other locations in Fultondale, Bessemer and Five Points West.

Just like the name suggests, their specialty is chicken wings. No matter what flavor you’re in the mood for, it’s a good chance they’re serving it up. There’s something for every wing-lover, including boneless wings. We can’t wait to make J Wings a weekly affair.

Monday Night Brewing

The newest Parkside addition is here! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Birmingham’s brewery scene is already stellar, but it just got better. Parkside’s newest brewery opened its doors last week and their first night was a full house. Needless to say, this will soon be the new go-to spot for good brews and great company.

Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based brewery and Birmingham’s location was dubbed “The Social Club”. It’s a full-service brewpub. If you’re not a beer drinker, there’s a full range of wines and cocktails as well.

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  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.