Chez Fonfon is open for indoor dining, and what’s next for Bottega & Highlands

Chez Fonfon
Cameron Westbrook and Pardis Stitt at the entrance of Chez Fonfon.

This week, on Instagram Chez Fonfon announced they are reopening for indoor dining. We got so excited, we rushed over to Five Points South to get an update from Pardis Stitt, on the Stitt family of restaurants – Chez Fonfon, Bottega’s and of course the James Beard Award- winning Highlands Bar & Grill.

Here is what we discovered.

Chez Fonfon Indoor Dining is Back

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Chez Fonfon Burger a.k.a one of the best burgers in town. Photo via Chez Fonfon.

First, the big news. Chez Fonfon is open for indoor dining, but customers need to make a reservation.

“We’ve just opened up inside with a few tables.  We’re gonna go really, really slow. We are dipping our “big toe” into indoor dining,” Pardis said with a laugh. “We have eight bar stools and the tables are spread out, so we’re taking reservations now. For a lot of people who are used to no reservations for 20 years, thanks to COVID, we’re now taking reservations.”

Here are all the details.

Visit or call  (205-939-3221) to make a reservation. 

  • Reservations are limited  for up to 6 guests at a table or 2 for bar seats. 
  • Walk-ins are welcome, subject to availability. 
  • Masks are required upon entry and when not seated.  
  • Back patio remains open for dining, as well as the tent in front of the entrance 
  • Curbside service is still available

Bottega and Highlands Bar and Grill

Highlands Bar and Grill was featured by TripAdvisor. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Pardis captured how we all feel here in the Magic City when I asked her about what’s next for Bottega and Highlands.

“Many people say that they feel like life has resumed back to normalcy when Highlands opens up, so Bottega will be next. We’re hoping to open in the next couple of weeks and then Highlands will be after that. We are still staffing and rebuilding our teams.”

A Difficult Year

Like many in the restaurant business, the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult.


Amen to that.  

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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