Now the News: First-of-its-kind mountain bike park coming soon, Bottega Café reopens with new menu items and more

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Welcome back, Bottega Café! (Bham Now)

Happy Monday, Birmingham! Another week has gone by, which means another roundup of the hottest news you might have missed. We’ve got some exciting things coming to town, like a first-of-its-kind mountain bike park adjacent to Red Mountain and new menu items at Bottega CafĂ©. Keep reading for all the details.

BREAKING: Red Mountain Park partners with RideBHM to build first of its kind mountain bike park

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Omar Fraser, local coach and competitive mountain biker. (Kathy Green)

Birmingham bikers, we’ve got exciting news for you. Red Mountain Park has teamed up with RideBHM to bring you a first-of-its-kind mountain bike park on Lakeshore Pkwy. The new park will offer 2 climbs, 5-6 unidirectional downhill trails and a “base camp” with a skills area.

The project will also feature a progressive range of trails, features and amenities for mountain bikers from novice to expert. Riders will be able to purchase day passes or memberships to access the RideBHM trail system.

Sammy’s Sandwich Shop in Woodlawn named Alabama’s Best Burger. We decided to try it out.

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I mean, it certainly looks like it’s deserving of the title. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Everyone has their opinion on who has the best burger around, but according to popular digital travel publication Only In Your State, Sammy’s Sandwich Shop takes the cake.

Sammy’s has been family-owned and run for over six decades, with plenty of accolades under their belt. Nathan Watson, content producer for Bham Now, went to go try the burger for himself. In his words, “It was dang tasty.” So, what are you waiting for? Go try Alabama’s Best Burger for yourself.

An inside look at the NEW menu items at Bottega Cafe + the status of Highlands Bar & Grill

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The Shrimp Risotto—yum. 😍 (Bham Now)

If you know anything about the Birmingham food scene, you know about Stitt restaurants, especially Bottega CafĂ©. Luckily, a couple of weeks ago, Bottega CafĂ© officially reopened its doors after the pandemic—with new menu items to boot.

The Café has plenty of swoon-worthy dishes with fresh, springtime ingredients. Deviled eggs + tapenade, and Shrimp Risotto with sugar snap peas, bulb onion + mint are some highlights. For a full list of the exciting new dishes, check out our article.

Historic Ideal Building in downtown Birmingham sold in $5.2M deal

Ideal Building
The building itself. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The historic Ideal Building in downtown Birmingham was sold for $5.2M, in a deal with Engel Realty. The six-story, 14-unit multifamily apartment building is in an ideal location, being within walking distance from The Pizitz Food Hall, McWane Science Center, the Alabama and Lyric Theatre, Railroad Park and more. Check out our article to learn more about the history of the building.

That’s all we’ve got this week!

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