COMING SOON: 16 openings we can’t wait to try in 2023

openings in 2023
The blacked catfish po’boy. (The Rougaroux / Facebook)

There are always openings of the newest hot spots happening in Birmingham. To get excited for the new year, we’ve rounded up sixteen new restaurants, coffee shops and more opening in 2023.

1. MELT Lane Parke

MELT Avondale goat cheese
Making me hungry. (Gabby Gervais / Bham Now)

MELT’s Avondale location is closing, but the cheesy goodness isn’t going anywhere. MELT plans to open its new location in Lane Parke during the first week of January.

2. Social Taco

SoHo Social Tacos COMING SOON: 16 openings we can't wait to try in 2023
Counting down. (Soho Social)

The long-awaited Social Taco is coming very soon. Sister restaurant to Soho Social and Soho Standard, we know this Homewood spot is going to be good.

3. Fairway Social

Fairway Social
I know where I’ll be going. (Fairway Social)

Atlanta-based entertainment concept Fairway Social is coming to Birmingham. Enjoy virtual sports games, a full-service restaurant and a full bar. 

4. The Frenchie

Talented chef and culinary expert Tyler Lyne is bringing his skills to The Magic City with the opening of The Frenchie. Stay tuned for more info.

5. Scooter’s Coffee

Perfect coffee spot. (Scooter’s Coffee)

Scooter’s is opening its first drive-through coffee shop in the Birmingham area. Known for its coffee—which you can order hot, blended or iced—the coffee shop also offers smoothies, teas and breakfast food options.

6. The Farmer’s Market at Brock’s Gap

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I can’t wait. (The Market at Brock’s Gap)

The Hoover area is getting its own fresh farmer’s market in 2023 with an abundance. of local farmers and artisans.

7. Taco Mac

Taco Mac
This Georgia restaurant is coming to Alabama. (Taco Mac / Facebook)

Taco Mac is sure to be a hot spot for some of the best tacos mixed with American classics, like burgers and an even better lineup of craft beers on tap.

8. Otey’s Tavern Homewood

Crestline Village
Otey’s in Crestline Village. (Pat Byington/ Bham Now)

This Mountain Brook classic is coming to Homewood! I can’t wait to be able to eat my favorite chicken tenders and cheese fries at a second location.

9. The Rougaroux

Birmingham, The Rougaroux, Driver's Way, Forest Park
Stop for a drink. (Rougaroux / Facebook)

The Rougaroux will be serving up mouthwatering po’boys, gumbo and bringing their New Orleans fare to Mountain Brook in 2023.

10. Frothy Monkey Homewood

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Gimme. (Frothy Monkey / Facebook)

How did Bham get lucky enough for another Frothy Monkey? I will be first in line to order their French toast and a latte.

11. Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout
Rendering of the future Culinary Dropout at The Summit. (Fox Restaurant Concepts)

This year, Birmingham will welcome Alabama’s first-ever Culinary Dropout to The Summit, featuring incredible food, cocktails and local bands.

12. Honest Coffee Roasters

Honest Coffee
Have you tried Honest Coffee Roasters in Huntsville? (Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

This Huntsville favorite coffee shop is opening in The Pizitz. I can already see it—lunch at Ashley Mac’s, dessert from Birmingham Candy Company and a coffee from Honest Coffee Roasters.

13. Bitty & Beau’s

Bitty and Beaus COMING SOON: 16 openings we can't wait to try in 2023
So exciting! (Bitty & Beau’s)

Coffee lovers, it looks like 2023 is going to be a good year. Bitty & Beau’s, a nationwide popular coffee shop that supports and employs people with disabilities, is opening in Birmingham this year.

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  • Opening: TBD

14. Velma’s

Velma's old iconic sing
An iconic place is coming back. (Velma’s Trussville / Facebook)

The iconic Velma’s is returning to Trussville—new and improved restaurant but staying true to its original design with just a few modern touches.

15. Corbeau Wine Bar

Corbeau Wine Bar—coming soon. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Trussville, get ready—later this fall, the doors to Corbeau, a new wine bar taproom, will open, and happy hour will never be the same.

16. Craft’s Chicken

Craft’s Chicken will be opening across The Waites. (Jessica Broom / Bham Now)

Started by the O’Neal family, Craft’s has been a staple in Crestline Village. The second location will be across from The Waites in Southside on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd.

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