New owners to transform Historic Rucker Place into an original restaurant experience

Historic Rucker Place
Historic Rucker Place. Photo via Bham Now.

One of Birmingham’s most cherished event venues, the Historic Rucker Place, is now under new ownership and set to become a multifaceted high-end restaurant. 

Today, T Squared Holdings LLC announced the purchase of the property from Jack and Gail Thompson. Since 2002, thanks to extensive renovations by Jack and Gail, the Rucker Place has hosted weddings and events in the historic 121 year old home. The purchase price was $1.22M and new ownership plans to invest another $2M+ in future renovations. 

A 6,500 square-foot shingle-style house, according to Bhamwiki, the Rucker Place is the only example of  shingle-style architecture in Birmingham. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Multidimensional Restaurant 

Historic Rucker Place
Historic Rucker Place. Photo via Bham Now.

The new owners of the Historic Rucker Place intend to transform the space into a multidimensional restaurant.

In a nutshell, the new restaurant concept will include:  

  • Traditional restaurant and bar
  • Late-night bar and al fresco event space
  • Pâtisserie and café for breakfast and lunch
  • Full-service catering options
  • E-commerce meal delivery for businesses and families 

“This will be unique because of five distinct brand offerings that operate out of the same ‘cloud kitchen’,” says Executive Chef and new Co-owner of Rucker Place, Tyler Lyne. “The menu concept centers around classic culinary techniques and dishes enjoyed in thriving epicurean cities.” 


Historic Rucker Place
Historic Rucker Place. Photo via Bham Now.

Former owner Gail Thompson is delighted to be passing ownership on to people who have a passion and vision that will honor the rich history and beauty of the property. 

“I’m so excited that they are creating something new, entirely different, and taking it to the next level. And it will be there for another 120 years, because they will honor it, take care of it, and keep the legacy alive”

Historic Rucker Place
Historic Rucker Place. Photo via Bham Now.

Co-owner Tim Owens, a Texas native, recent Birmingham transplant, and new Co-owner of Rucker Place added,  “Our vision is to be an integral part of the local community, whether guests want to dine in with us, stop by for a quick pastry, or order our catering or meal delivery. We’re also happy that Rucker Place will continue to serve as a gorgeous gathering place where Birminghamians can mark special occasions, connect over food and drink, and make amazing memories together!”

Excited to see a new chapter in the life of the Historic Rucker Place? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!

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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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