Downtown Homewood continues to expand—here’s the latest

Two Birmingham favorites in one place. Rendering via CMH Architects

If you’ve driven through Homewood lately, you’ve probably noticed an abundance of orange cones and construction going on. Don’t worry—the traffic is a fair trade for all the exciting developments coming to 18th St. S. Here’s the latest on what’s coming (and when it’s going to get here).

1. The Valley Hotel

Valley Hotel
 The property will feature a signature café, restaurant, bar and more. Rendering via Valor Hospitality Partners

Back in September, we shared the latest renderings of The Valley Hotel, the newest (and biggest) addition to Homewood.

The 129-room luxury hotel is a Curio by Hilton, and it’s currently under construction at the corner of 18th Street South and 28th Avenue South, right next to Maple Street Biscuit Co.

The Valley Hotel is officially set to open its doors in January—but we’ll be bringing you a sneak peek before then. Be sure to stay tuned to Bham Now on social so you don’t miss it!

2. Little Donkey

Ok, yum. Photo via Little Donkey on Facebook

Who doesn’t love the fresh + vibrant flavors of this local favorite? Little Donkey isn’t new to Homewood, but based on my personal experience of dining at their original location recently, filling even more space with customers will be a breeze.

Back in April, we shared that Little Donkey and Rodney Scott’s BBQ had plans to open new locations in Homewood. That project is officially moving forward following a resurveying request granted by the Homewood Planning Commission on December 1, according to the Homewood Star.

3. Rodney Scott’s BBQ

Drooling yet? Photo via Rodney Scott’s BBQ on Facebook

With almost 17,000 square feet of total restaurant space in this new development, Little Donkey will only fill half. The other tenant will be award-winning Rodney Scott’s BBQ.

Pssst: if you want to learn more about this local BBQ hotspot, check out the Emmy-nominated series Chef’s Table: BBQ on Netflix. There’s a whole episode featuring Chef and Pitmaster Rodney Scott.

This combined restaurant space will be located right next to The Valley Hotel, both of which are set to open in 2021.

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Beth Cunningham
Beth Cunningham

A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.

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