Birmingham approves $1.7M Yo’ Mama’s downtown redevelopment and expansion plan

Storefront at Yo’ Mama’s on 2nd Avenue in Birmingham (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

It’s official. Yo’ Mama’s Restaurant will be moving into a much larger space blocks away from its 2nd Avenue downtown location.


The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved today a measure to redevelop a vacant city-owned retail space on 4th Avenue North.

As reported by Bham Now on May 5th, when Parking Deck #3 was remodeled in 2009, the city left room for retail space at the ground level  (2098 4th Ave. North). The city never found a tenant — and as a result, the space has been vacant for nearly two decades.

Under the redevelopment agreement, the city will spend $1.3 million to prepare the space for Yo’ Mama’s. 

Downtown Investment Fully Built Out

Yo' Mama's
Yo’ Mama’s proposed new location on 4th Avenue. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Cornell Wesley, Birmingham’s Director of Economic Opportunity, described the initiative as a way to bring an uncollected city resource to life.

“Even if it were not Yo’ Mama’s, someone else would stand to benefit from the investment and completion of the retail floor on Deck #3. We’re excited about being able to have this asset in our downtown community fully built out,” Wesley told the Council.

Yo’ Mama’s Contribution

Yo’ Mama’s will also contribute an additional $400,000 to transform the 5,760+ square foot site into a restaurant. The space will hold between 80-100 patrons. In addition to its own investment, Yo’ Mama will enter into a long term lease.

“I’m glad to see the city finish a retail space that has sat vacant for the past 20 years,” said Birmingham City Council Economic and Development Chair Hunter Williams. “This lease agreement with one of our very own local small businesses is a great answer to not only addressing vacant structures in our city but also gives a leg up to our small businesses.” 

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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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