2019 James Beard Semifinalists include Timothy Hontzas of Johnny’s Restaurant and The Atomic Lounge in Birmingham

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Chef Timothy Hontzas (left). Photo via Johnny’s Restaurant’s Instagram

The James Beard Foundation released its 2019 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists today. From the Birmingham area, Timothy Hontzas of Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood is up for Best Chef of the South. Also from Birmingham, The Atomic Lounge is up for Best Bar Program.

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Chef interview with Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ open now in Avondale

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Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Rodney Scott’s BBQ opened its doors in Avondale on February 20. When Bham Now first learned barbecue master Rodney Scott planned to expand his Charleston, South Carolina-based flagship to Birmingham, we reached out.

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The Hot and Hot Fish Club is moving to Pepper Place!

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Idie and Chris Hastings, owners of The Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird. Photo submitted

We’ve been waiting for this one ever since we heard news that the property where Highland Plaza now sits will be redeveloped. What will it mean for The Hot and Hot Fish Club, a Birmingham fine dining standard since 1995? Now we have an answer: a new location in Pepper Place.

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6 Alabama Launchpad finalists up for $150,000 prizes on February 28. Who would you choose?

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Past Alabama Launchpad winners (2017). Photo via EDPA

It’s that time again. Check out six Alabama startups, four of them from Birmingham, vying for capital at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition on February 28 in Selma. Which of these innovative solutions would you vote for?

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Meet 2 women entrepreneurs “shaking up” Birmingham with Magic City Nutrition, opening spring 2019 at The Battery

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Magic City Nutrition founders Britni Liberton (left) and Faith Hurtado (right). Photo submitted

“We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of smoothie shops, where everyone knows everyone and always leaves happier (and healthier) than when they first arrived,” said Faith Hurtado, co-founder of Magic City Nutrition. Slated to open in April 2019, the shop is the latest to join The Battery, a retail development in Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building on 2nd Avenue South.

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Redemptive Cycles internship provides hands-on experience for Birmingham high school senior

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Curtis Watson. Photo via Redemptive Cycles

If you’re a high school student interested in engineering, an internship where you learn bicycle mechanics is a pretty sweet gig. That’s exactly what one local senior is doing this semester. It’s all thanks to partnerships between Redemptive Cycles, Birmingham Education Foundation and G. W. Carver High School.

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Miles College renaissance provides a model for THE YARD, a national HBCU initiative born in Birmingham

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Miles College President George T. French Jr. with students. Photo submitted

THE YARD is a national initiative whose goal is to take HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) across the country from surviving to thriving. So what is the THE YARD’s blueprint for success? None other than Birmingham’s own Miles College.

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opens 1st Alabama location at The Battery in Birmingham

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First taste of Gus’s. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Bham Now got a first taste of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken on Saturday night during the friends and family opening. Today, this Memphis favorite is officially open to the public at The Battery, the redevelopment of Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building at 2201 2nd Avenue South. Here’s what you can expect.

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10th annual “Love the Bus” event honors 2019 Alabama school bus driver of the year

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“Love the Bus” at Transportation South in Pelham. Photo submitted

Every school day, Alabama bus drivers travel 488,000 miles—the equivalent of 20 trips around the earth—while safely transporting our most precious cargo. Every year a national event called “Love the Bus,” held locally in Pelham, honors their service.

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11 expert tips from a top RealtySouth agent for getting your house ready to sell in Birmingham

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Kristen McGee of RealtySouth with her pups in Birmingham. Photo submitted

Selling season is about to kick into high gear in Birmingham. Get your house market ready with 11 essential tips from one of RealtySouth’s top-performing real estate agents, Kristen McGee.

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Future $64.5 million UAB Science and Engineering Building slated for Southside

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UAB students, like their university, are always on the move. Photo via UAB’s Facebook page

Stage I approval has been secured from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Now plans move ahead for a new science and engineering complex on UAB’s urban campus in Birmingham.

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Top 5 ways to get your Disney magic with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra SuperPOPS! on February 23

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Time for some Disney magic, Birmingham. Photo via Pixabay

What’s your favorite Disney musical score between 1940 and today? I bet you’ll find it on the program for Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s next SuperPOPS! performance, Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time. Get your tickets before they’re gone. This show is one night only, Saturday, February 23, 7PM, at the Wright Center, with seats starting at $19.

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How Children’s of Alabama saved Parker Williams of Hoover from a near-fatal heart defect

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Parker Williams, now age 3, at a recent checkup at Children’s. Photo submitted

A week before her due date, Ashley Neil Williams’ blood pressure was abnormally high, so her doctor ordered an ultrasound. What they found was devastating. This is the story of how that baby, Parker, survived a congenital heart defect against incredible odds—and how you can help patients like her at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham next time you renew your car tag.

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Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine comes to Birmingham February 8

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Night to Shine celebrates its fifth year in 2019 with events across 16 countries. Photo via Tim Tebow Foundation’s website

Night to Shine is a prom night experience sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation for people with special needs, ages 14 and above. On Friday, February 8, the event comes to the Birmingham area. The venues? Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Shelby County and CrossPoint Church in Trussville.

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