Top 5 stories you missed including the proposal for a West Homewood development and Cantina Tortilla Grill reopening

El Barrio
El Barrio could be coming to West Homewood. (Bham Now)

Happy Monday, Birmingham! Let’s kick off the week with the top five stories you might have missed, including the West Homewood development (El Barrio and Paramount are up for consideration!) and renovations for two Irondale Parks. Read on for details.

1. Century-old sandwich shop relocating to Lane Parke in Mountain Brook Village

Ousler Sandwiches at Lane Parke. (Crawford Square)

What’s happening: Ousler Sandwiches, one of Mountain Brook’s most beloved sandwich shops, is relocating to Lane Parke in Mountain Brook Village.

Why it matters: One of the oldest eateries in the Birmingham Metro area, Ousler Sandwiches was established in 1915—that’s 108 years ago! The new location will allow the owners to bring more exposure to the Ousler name and increase its audience in Birmingham.

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2. El Barrio + Paramount included in proposed West Homewood redevelopment

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Paramount is the spot for fun, food and games. (Bham Now)

What’s happening: Popular Birmingham restaurants El Barrio and Paramount could be coming to West Homewood. A proposed redevelopment would include the two restaurants, new townhomes and more to the current Econo Lodge site in West Homewood. 

Why it matters: Tom Walker— President of Village Creek Development—shared plans for a proposed mixed-use community development in West Homewood at the current Econo Lodge site. Village Creek Development is currently accepting community feedback and adjusting plans based on neighborhood engagement. If you have an idea or opinion email Tom Walker at

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3. OPENING ALERT: Cantina is returning this summer in West Homewood

Who doesn’t love tacos? (Cantina Tortilla Grill)

What’s happening: After a four-year absence, Cantina Tortilla Grill— the sister restaurant of Sol Y Luna—is opening a new location in West Homewood.

Why it matters: A “Birmingham original”,  Cantina first opened in 2003 at Pepper Place serving the Lakeview community until 2019. The new location hopes to open by Summer 2023.

“We’re really excited to be in what we think is a great community that really supports local restaurants. It’s a place where people will be able to walk to us. It’s an entertainment district, so I see some really fun events in the future.”

Jorge Castro, Owner, Cantina Tortilla Grill and Sol Y Luna

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4. Irondale announces renovation of Ruffner Park + new dog park in 2023

Ruffner Park
New Ruffner Park rendering. (City of Irondale)

What’s happening: Two Irondale parks are getting a facelift this year. Ruffner Baseball Park will be recieve upgrades and renovations, while Ellard Park will transform into a new dog park.

Why it matters: Ruffner Park will receive three top-of-the-line synthetic turf fields, pavilions, playgrounds and concession stands once construction is complete.

Currently, the 9.46-acre Ellard Park is equipped with picnic tables and small barbecue pits but doesn’t have any park lights. The new dog park will feature shaded areas, separate areas for large and small dogs as well as dog activity stations.

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5. Bay Leaf closes 280 location, remaining in Five Points South

Bay Leaf 280 29 Top 5 stories you missed including the proposal for a West Homewood development and Cantina Tortilla Grill reopening
Nobody does Indian cuisine quite like Bay Leaf. (Bham Now)

What’s happening: After over two years of serving modern Indian cuisine, Bay Leaf is closing the doors to its Highway 280 location. Don’t worry, you’ll still have access to their delicious eats in Five Points South.

Why it matters: The decision came as a result of an ever-evolving market and its impact on staffing and resources. Bay Leaf will be consolidating its operations to the Five Points South location to ensure top-quality service and to accommodate the growing demand.

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Emma Johnston
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