Bandit Patisserie’s new location now open + 9 others. Find out here.

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I’ll take one of each! Photo via Bandit’s Facebook

This week’s roundup of new openings and reopenings in Birmingham is a delicious one. We’re seeing some of our favorite mouth-watering restaurants expand and new retailers come to town. Check ’em out.

1. Hape and Co.

Hape + Co. will be in the old Sidekicks space in Avondale across from Melt. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

The boutique clothing retailer Hape and Co. will soon be in Avondale. They specialize in women’s and children’s clothing. They bring all the hottest styles to one location to make shopping a bit easier.

Mark your calendars for November 6th because that’s when they will officially open their doors.

2. University Pickers

University Pickers
All of the vintage and antique goods you could dream of. Photo via University Pickers’ Facebook

University Pickers is coming to Leeds and opening on November 13th at The Outlet Shops of Grand River. Not familiar with them? Trust me. You’re going to want to be. University Pickers is an antique mall concept that’ll feature 100 booths and 115 vendors. We’re talking over 14,000 square feet of second-hand treasures.

You’ll be able to find everything from jewelry and furniture to dishware and antique records. The antique mall will be near other favorites like Kate Spade, The Pixel Room and the drive-in movie theatre.

3. Buc-ee’s

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Not your typical convenience store. Photo via Buc-ee’s on Facebook

Ever heard of this place called Buc-ee’s? It’s a convenience store and gas station that’s well known throughout Texas and Southern Alabama. Now the cult favorite is making its way to Leeds. According to the Trussville Tribune, the opening date is January 25.

Buc-ee’s isn’t your typical convenience store. You’ll be able to find:

  • A coffee shop with pastries
  • A deli with hand-made sandwiches
  • Specialty gifts and food items
  • Hunting and river rafting products
  • And more

4. EATS Highland

Wendy Cruse of EATS Highland
Wendy Cruse of EATS Highland. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

EATS Highland officially reopened their doors on October 30th and we’re excited to see this Highland Park staple make a return. Before you start making meal plans it’s important to note that they’ll only be open for lunch and closed on Mondays.

You’ll be able to enjoy some southern soul and Latin flavor in their outdoor seating set up. As for the menu? You can still find their usual menu, but it’ll have some seasonal adjustments.

5. UMAMI

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UMAMI, a new sushi and Thai restaurant, will occupy the space previously housed by Babalu. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The former Babalu space in Lakeview isn’t going to be vacant for much longer. The owners of Nori Thai and Sushi and Shiki are planning to open a new Asian restaurant, UMAMI. Although it was hard saying goodbye to Babalu, it’s nice to know something just as delicious will fill the space.

To learn more about this exciting new development, check out our latest.

  • Location: 2808 7th Ave S #117, Birmingham, AL 35233

6. Beehive Baking Co.

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Yummy! Photo via @beehivebakingcompany on Instagram

Come mid-November Beehive Baking Company is starting a new chapter and getting a brick-and-mortar shop in the Old Irondale Market space located on 1st Avenue South.

Of course, they’ll be serving up all the freshest, most scrumptious baked goods including pies, cookies, challah, scones and so much more. They’ll also have vegan and allergen-friendly items because everyone should be able to enjoy some fresh-baked goodness.

7. Little London Kitchen

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Little London Kitchen. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co. on Facebook

You know that red double-decker bus that you sometimes spot around town. That’s actually a food truck and now they’ve expanded into a brick-and-mortar. The Little London is an authentic British pub and of course, their most popular menu item is Fish n Chips.

Right now the owners are working hard to put the final touches on the pub, but you can still dine-in and enjoy some yummy British cuisine.

8. Helen

Helen Birmingham restaurant
I know Halloween was this past weekend, but look at how cool they look in their Gatsby-themed costumes. Photo via Helen’s Instagram

If you haven’t tried Helen yet, what are you waiting for? Now grabbing one of their delicious dinners just got a little more convenient. Starting Tuesday, November 3rd, Helen will offer weekday lunch service from Tuesday through Friday 11AM-1:30PM.

The new lunch menu will feature items like Thin Cut Pork Chop, Gulf fish with Lemon and Olive Oil, Warm Angel Biscuits, Smoked Half Chicken and more. If your mouth is watering like mine, go ahead and make a reservation on their website or by giving them a call.

9. Santos Coffee

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But first, coffee! Photo via Santos Coffee’s Facebook

Santos Coffee is bringing its newest location to the Uptown Entertainment District. This coffee shop has been making moves with their recent new shop at the Redmont Hotel. Now you’ll be able to grab a crepe, pastry or cup of joe at their upcoming Uptown location.

Be on the look for their official opening date on social. We can’t wait!

10. Bandit Patisserie

Bandit Patisserie
I’ll take whatever they’re having. Photo via Bandit’s Facebook

Great news for Birmingham’s most Instagrammable bakery. Over the weekend Bandit officially opened their newest storefront at the Founders Station. They’re next door to their sister shop, The Essential.

Their new location has a walk up window to make picking up your favorite treat or coffee easy and safe. If you want to stay a while, they have patio tables available so you can sit, eat and sip away.

What opening or reopening are you most excited about? Let us know on Instagram @BhamNow + Twitter @now_bham


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