BREAKING: Former Urban Standard new home to Frothy Monkey

cup of coffee with frothy monkey logo
Frothy Monkey is on the way! Photo via Frothy Monkey

The iconic Urban Standard closed last summer but, a new coffee shop is moving in. Nashville-based coffeehouse Frothy Monkey will be opening in Urban Standard’s former home on 2nd Ave North in Birmingham. Keep reading to learn about your new favorite all-day brunch and coffee spot.

In with the new

outside of former Urban Standard building. future frothy monkey location
The future home of Frothy Monkey! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

When Urban Standard closed their doors after 13 years, Birmingham lost a beloved coffee shop. Who could ever forget how the Magic City rallied around the coffee house after the fire of 2017? Now, a Music City favorite is moving in, with the stamp of approval from Urban Standard owner, Tom Wrzesien.

I opened Urban Standard 14 years ago as an extension of my home and a place where people could gather and exchange ideas and inspiration. I was introduced to Ryan Pruitt, Managing Partner of Frothy Monkey by a mutual friend back in 2019 and after spending time getting to know him and Frothy Monkey I knew that they would be a wonderful fit to take over the Urban Standard space and to carry on our mission to serve this neighborhood and community. Please give a warm welcome to my friends at Frothy, you’ll love them!

Tomasz (Tom) Wrzesien, Urban Standard Owner

Frothy Monkey

Food at Frothy monkey. square white plate with toast, eggs, bacon and a tall glass of Bloody Mary
The brunch of your dreams! Photo via Frothy Monkey

Frothy Monkey isn’t your run-of-the-mill coffee shop. This specialty roaster and wholesale bakery is an independently owned, all-day café serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Their offerings include craft beer, wine, cocktails, and made from scratch meals from original recipes. If that wasn’t enticing enough, they also offer Wine Down Wednesdays, family to-go meals, seasonal drink blends and party platters. Whether you’re hosting a work meeting or a girl’s night, they have you covered.

Excited for Frothy Monkey to open their first Birmingham location and bring life back to the Urban Standard space that played a pivotal role in the momentum of downtown revitalization. Their unique menu, style and focus on creating a personal experience is going to kill it downtown.

Mike Gibson, CEO and CO-Founder of Creature
Frothy monkey Nashville sign
Get ready to see this Nashville icon here! Photo via Meredith Hanson for Bham Now.


While there’s no opening date quite yet, updates will be shared along the way. Frothy Monkey has partnered with Creature to get the new location in shape, you can look forward to another lively spot to spend your days (and nights.)

I’m excited to have my go-to spot from Nashville moving in as a neighbor!

Michael Clarke, Second Row Law

Are you just as excited for after-work brunch as we are? Let us know @BhamNow!

Katiana Banks
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