EATS on Highland closing temporarily, cites food costs

Eats Highland
EATS Highland Chef Wendy and Richard Cruse. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

EATS on Highland, a gluten-free restaurant that serves a wide range of meals including Latin dishes and homestyle American fare, is temporarily closing its doors.

Located near Highland Avenue’s Caldwell Park, owners Chef Wendy and Richard Cruse cited inflation and rising food costs for the closure.

Offering Thanksgiving Meals

Even though the restaurant will be shuttered until further notice, the eatery is taking orders for Thanksgiving. Some of the items they are offering include:

  • Turkey tenderloins
  • Cornbread dressing
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Assorted desserts 

The full menu will be on their website this week later at Customers can order via email at

What’s Next

According to Wendy, EATS on Highland is planning how to proceed forward after Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile on November 6th, EATS Highland is hosting Art Hub — a holiday art market with local artists, music, vendors, food and drink in the parking lot.

Come out and support EATS this weekend and over Thanksgiving. Let’s hope they can regroup and open soon.

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Pat Byington
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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