Do you remember these 7 unique restaurants in Birmingham?

Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine, high atop Birmingham’s mountain. Photo via rollbamaroll.com

Throughout its 149-year history, hundreds—if not thousands—of unique restaurants have come and gone in The Magic City. While we can’t delight in their food anymore, we have photographs and memories aplenty. Here’s what some Birminghamian’s have to say about their favorite lost restaurants!

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A look at Sibyl Temple, the Classically-inspired gazebo atop Shades Mountain

The stunning Sibyl Temple in Vestavia Hills. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

As you drive up Highway 31 heading towards Vestavia Hills, it’s impossible to miss the stunning Sibyl Temple. Silently watching over Shades Valley, the Temple is a popular site for weddings and other events. But did you know that it was originally part of a much larger estate, owned by former Mayor George Ward? We took a look into the history behind the beloved landmark to learn more.

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Upcoming mobile app will feature Birmingham’s historic industrial sites

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Sloss Furnaces in 1906. Photo via Sloss Furnaces

If there’s one thing to know about Birmingham, it’s our industrial heritage. As an infant city, Birmingham made its first mark on history as the South’s center for industry, with places like Ensley Works, U.S. Steel, Tannehill and the famous Sloss Furnaces. Now, a group of Birminghamians are working hard to create a mobile app that will make it easier than ever to learn about Birmimgham’s industrial heritage.

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5 things you may not know about Birmingham’s LGBTQ history

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Alabamians at the 1993 March on Washington fighting for the LGBTQ community to have access to full legal equality in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Invisible Histories Project, donated by Rebecca Hacck

Although historians have focused their work on Gay American culture in cities such as San Fransisco and New York, the South has a rich history itself. In honor of October being national LGBTQ history month, we’ve highlighted pivotal events, people and organizations throughout Birmingham’s history with help from the Invisible Histories Project.

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3 influential Birmingham women and their involvement in women’s suffrage

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Women’s suffrage booth at state fair, Birmingham, Alabama, 1914. Photo via Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Nearly 100 years ago, Tennessee became the 36th State to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920. On August 26th, the Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution, marking the end of a three-generation struggle to for women’s right to vote. We took a look at three influential Alabama women and their mark on history.

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5 iconic historic homes in Birmingham’s Anderson Place Historic District [Photos + History]

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The J. Cary Thompson house in the Anderson Place Historic District. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Did you know that the Anderson Place Historic District, just outside of Five Points South, features some of the oldest (and in my humble opinion, prettiest) residential houses in Birmingham? We took a stroll through the neighborhood to learn more!

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Dansby Foods, AMD + more join impressive list of tenants in the completed Iron Age Building

Exterior of the Iron Age Building. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Iron Age Building’s list of creative and innovative tenants just keeps growing. The latest additions include a 14-year NFL veteran, a creative marketing agency, and a healthcare firm. Find out more about the full list of tenants, plus get an inside look and the complete renovation of the historic Downtown Birmingham building.

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Upcoming Kelly Hotel in historic Birmingham building set to open Spring 2021

The upcoming Kelly Hotel under construction on 1st Avenue South. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

A 92-year-old tower in downtown Birmingham is getting a new lease on life. The Protective Life Building is being renovated as the Kelly Hotel, a 96-room luxury hotel with a beautiful atmosphere reminiscent of the building’s history. Learn more.

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Find out how you can help the Alabama + Lyric Theatres [Photos + Video]

The gorgeous, irreplaceable interior of Birmingham’s very own Alabama Theatre. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Landmarks

After surviving more than a century in downtown Birmingham, the COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the future of the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre. In the interest of public health, both theatres have been forced to cancel or postpone all events for the near future. Help these Birmingham Landmarks survive by donating online.

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Hoover gets first Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village

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Big Whiskey’s and Cajun Roux will anchor the proposed Entertainment District in Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Heyyyy who likes to partyyy? Apparently Hoover does because its city council approved the city’s first entertainment district. The new district will be located in Stadium Trace Village and contribute to Hoover’s booming business scene.

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Hoover seeks Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village where Big Whiskey and Cajun Roux reside

Big Whiskey’s and Cajun Roux will anchor the proposed Entertainment District in Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Move over Birmingham, the city of Hoover wants to have an Entertainment District too!

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A look inside the newly-renovated Iron Age Building in Birmingham (PHOTOS)

Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Iron Age on Wednesday, July 1. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On Wednesday, July 1st, the newly-renovated Iron Age Building in downtown Birmingham officially opened its doors. So, we took a tour of the new space—here’s what we saw!

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Wiggins Building Corporation plans mixed-use project at historic building in downtown Birmingham

The 2-story building at 1616-1618 3rd Avenue North has a new owner. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

A historic building in Birmingham’s Wholesale and Retail Historic District West has a new owner—and he’s planning something big. Victor Wiggins, owner of Dorris Ross & Wiggins LLC, is planning to renovate a two-story historic building in downtown Birmingham.

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What do you know about Birmingham’s Quinlan Castle? Its history might surprise you.

Is this an old English castle? Am I at Disney World? It’s actually just down the road from Five Points. Photo by Pat Byington.


If you’re anything like me you’ve found yourself bopping around Birmingham, come across a massive fairytale-style castle, and had a few questions. This eccentric structure is the Quinlan Castle–it contains 72 apartments and has quite a curious history. Today it is currently uninhabited. Dig in. 

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Behind the scenes look at the Steiner Building, one of Birmingham’s oldest structures

The Steiner Building, built 1890. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Driving through downtown Birmingham, you’ll often find beautiful buildings of differing architectural styles. One of these buildings is the Steiner Building on the corner of 1st Avenue North and 21st Street North. Learn more.

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