5 Birmingham-area spots we hated to say goodbye to in July

5 Birmingham area spots
Sad to see McFly’s leave Five Points South. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Sometimes the end is only the beginning. That’s the case for these 5 Birmingham-area spots that have recently shut their doors. Although these are spots we hated to say goodbye to, we know that bigger things are often on the horizon for these restaurant owners.

1. Twisted Root Burger Co. | Vestavia Hills

Twisted Root
Twisted Root in Vestavia Hills. (Twisted Root Burger Co. / Instagram)

This was sadly one of my favorite spots growing up in Texas that I found familiarity with here in Birmingham. The friendly vibes, tasty burgers and shakes were always a hit and will be missed.

According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the company shut down 10 of its Texas locations due to Covid and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to save those locations. Birmingham, unfortunately, did not make the list. We’re not sure what will become of the space.

2. McFly’s Bird Shoppe | Five Points South

McFly's
A chicken sandwich that never disappointed. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

McFly’s was a go-to in the heart of Five Points South. This spot served juicy chicken, fresh fries and all the fixins’.

“While we’ve had some incredible memories together, like many other restaurants, we have faced supply chain issues, staffing obstacles and mounting inflation-related costs. As such, we have decided to close indefinitely.

We deeply appreciate our employees and their dedication. We would like to express our professional appreciation for the team at McFly’s Bird Shoppe, as well as all of you— the wonderful customers we’ve had the pleasure of serving!”

-McFly’s Bird Shoppe, Facebook

3. Zoe’s | Homewood

Birmingham, John Cassimus, Mike's Merchandise, Zoe's Kitchen, Maki Fresh, Jinsei Sushi, Miss Dots
Zoe’s was a Birmingham staple. (sogoodblog.com)

As a Birmingham-founded company, Zoe’s focused on Mediterranean-style food in a fast-casual setting. For reference, this is the third Zoe’s location that has left Birmingham in the last three years.

However, there might be hope on the horizon. CAVA, another fast-casual Mediterranean chain, bought Zoe’s in 2018. Many of these locations have been transformed into CAVAs, so hopefully we can get more lunch options in The Magic City.

4. Unplugged Bar | Five Points South

Unplugged
We’ll miss the delicious drinks and great 90s vibes. (Jacob Blankenship / Bar Unplugged)

Unplugged Bar, a 90s-themed bar in Five Points South, has also closed their doors. This spot was connected to McFly’s Bird Shop, who shut down the same day.

A combination of things led to their closing, but we believe that beauty can come from ashes here. We’re excited to see what the owner of these two spots can do next.

5. Abhi | The Summit

Abhi
We can’t wait to see what’s next for Abhi. (Abhi – The Summit / Facebook)

No more sushi at The Summit. This Asian Fusion Eatery officially announced they are closing their location at The Summit on July 31 with a statement posted on their Instagram:

“Well it’s been a wonderful 5+ years at The Summit. We will be closing our doors at the end of July, Sunday the 31st. We will be relocating hopefully by early 2023. Mountain Brook location is still on and only 5 minutes down the road. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you so much for all the love and support.”

-Abhi, Instagram

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