Now the News: Little London Kitchen closing its doors, Red Bike Coffee Roasters opening in Crestwood + more

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Beloved local spot Little London Kitchen is closing its doors. (Bham Now)

Happy Monday, Birmingham! Ready to put your best foot forward? We’ve got updates on the buzziest happenings in The Magic City, including the unfortunate closing of Little London Kitchen, Red Bike Coffee Roasters opening in the former Crestwood Coffee space and more. Read on for the latest.

5 new Magic City businesses opening now + coming soon

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Corn-gratulations are in order for local fave food truck Aww Shucks. (Aww Shucks / Facebook)

Foodies and dog lovers, you’ve got a lot to look forward to. Get in the loop on the latest businesses opening and coming soon around town:

Now Open

  • Lumi, a picturesque event space in Downtown Birmingham is now accepting reservations for your next special day—including weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and photo shoots.
  • With 33 years of combined experience, Iron City PAWfection is ready to bathe, groom and love on your pets in Vestavia Hills.

Coming Soon

  • Birmingham’s favorite fire-roasted corn food truck Aww Shucks is expanding to a new location in North Avondale this fall.
  • From daycare to boarding and enrichment, Magnolia Mutts in Fultondale is bringing tail-wagging fun to you starting in early October.
  • Popular Cajun eatery The Rougaroux is opening a new location in Mountain Brook Village in 2023.

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Red Bike Coffee Roasters to open in former Crestwood Coffee space

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Red Bike Coffee is opening their first brick-and-mortar location. (Red Bike Coffee / Facebook)

What’s happening: Irondale coffee roaster Red Bike Coffee is opening their first brick-and-mortar location in the former Crestwood Coffee space. Red Bike small-batch roasts beans to supply at coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores. The new location is slated to open in December.

Why it matters: You probably already recognize delicious Red Bike coffee from shops around town. As the former coffee supplier at Crestwood Coffee, it was the perfect opportunity for them to take over the space.

“We’re a neighborhood coffee shop first and foremost. The thing that’s particularly special about Crestwood is that it’s a cross-section of the community.”

Cristina Frantom, Spokesperson, Red Bike Coffee

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New $120M state-of-the-art medical clinic approved

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Rendering of new Cooper Green Mercy. (UAB)

What’s happening: The Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Authority building will soon be transformed into a $120 million state-of-the-art health facility. The new five-story building will be 207,000 square feet and is set to be built on the site of the former Cooper Green parking deck, which was demolished earlier this year.

Why it matters: As a vitally important community hospital and medical clinic for over 50 years, the overhaul of Cooper Green will allow for efficient delivery of modern ambulatory health care for years to come. Construction on the new clinic begins this winter. In the meantime, Cooper Green will remain open and continue to operate as normal.

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Village Green venue development begins in Hoover

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Groundbreaking of Village Green at Stadium Trace Village. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

What’s happening: After a groundbreaking ceremony on September 23, the development of Village Green, a new lifestyle venue and entertainment district located at Stadium Trace Village in Hoover, has officially begun.

“This new venue has everyone in the city excited. Hoover is a destination city in Alabama, and Village Green will broaden our citizens and visitors’ opportunities for great, kid-friendly family entertainment, restaurants and exposure to local artists. Local businesses will benefit from patrons visiting from all over the state.”

Mayor Frank Brocato, City of Hoover 

Why it matters: Described as ‘the ultimate playground’, this new venue will bring economic development to Hoover, as well as a thriving community hub for arts, music and gathering. It is currently slated for completion by Fall 2023.

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Little London Kitchen in West Homewood is closing its doors

What’s happening: Beloved local restaurant Little London Kitchen is closing its doors. After announcing a temporary closure due to understaffing early last week, Little London made the official announcement that they won’t be re-opening on Friday, September 23.

Why it matters: It’s sad to see such a bright, locally-owned addition to our city closing down. In the announcement, Little London Kitchen owners Bea and Matthew Morrissette thanked guests for their support throughout the years and dedicated the next phase of their journey to “ensure this doesn’t happen to any other of our favorite businesses.”

Read the full statement.

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Gabby Gervais
Gabby Gervais
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