Coming Soon: New Downtown Birmingham bar, sandwich shop and Jiu-Jitsu studio set to open later this year

Site of Neon Moon Bar that’s coming soon to 2nd Avenue in Downtown Birmingham. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

What does a new downtown bar, sandwich shop and Jiu-Jitsu studio have in common? They’re all new businesses coming to Birmingham soon. We’ve got the deets on these three new concepts and can’t wait to see them open to the public.

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BOCCA is the new Italian restaurant of your dreams. Don’t miss its opening on 2nd Ave. this February!

BOCCA
If you’ve headed down 2nd Ave. recently, you may have seen a sleek new upgrade to the space. Photo via Bham Now.

It’s time to break out your high school Italian. Beloved French restaurant Bistro 218 is opening a sister Italian ristorante, BOCCA. You don’t have to wait long, homemade pasta and fresh bread will be at your fingertips on 2nd Ave. downtown next month!

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Ciao Birmingham! Authentic Italian restaurant, Lé Fresca, opening soon on 2nd Ave. N.

The future site of Lé Fresca on 2nd Ave. N. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

What do you get when an Italian born and bred restauranteur opens a new pizzeria downtown? You get Lé Fresca and an ecstatic content producer who’s ready for authentic Italian food in Downtown Birmingham!

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Art Alive!

Mark your calendar for AIDS Alabama’s  Art Alive! event on Saturday, July 27th from 6pm-9pm at Canary Gallery! Watch local artists create unique, original artwork during the event. Enjoy scrumptious food from El Barrio and complimentary beer, wine, and sangria. Works created during the event will be available through a silent auction, and other completed pieces of work from the artists will be available for purchase as well.

Featured Artists:

Anna Lyle

Chris Davis

Claire Godbee

Jon Osborne

Michael Molay

Paul Cordes Wilm 

Roger Torbert

Tim Blanton

Work by Eric Johnson Art and jewelry by Hunter Bell will be available in our gallery.

Oil Portraits with Andy Jordan

In this four week workshop, participants will practice creating portraits from a clothed model using oil paints. You may know Andy Jordan from his ongoing weekly figure drawing class at Space One Eleven, or you may know his murals, found in various locations across Birmingham. Jordan is continually exploring painting, drawing, exhibiting, and public art projects. Join him in practicing the art of oil portraiture!

All skill levels are welcome.
Age 15+
Cost $120
Participants bring their own supplies.

Ceramic Sculpture with Nada Boner

Nada Boner is a Birmingham artist creating organic ceramic sculpture. Her current work, based on natural forms, is unique and imaginative. In this six-week workshop, participants will learn to bring clay forms to life through the art of hand-building.

All skill levels welcome!
Ages 16+
Cost $210 for six classes
Supplies are included.

Art in the Making: Clay Workshop with Carolyn Wass

Art in the Making for adults 55 and better returns with an 8 week Clay Workshop taught by local artist Carolyn Wass!

Participants will have the freedom to create and learn about what interests them, at their own pace. Carolyn Wass will help you make functional and/or decorative objects, practice hand-building, wheel-throwing, glazing, and more.

Classes meet Tuesdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm beginning February 26 and ending April 16.

Cost: $35 per class/$280 total
Supplies included.

A new entertainment space called Massie’s on 2nd is coming to 2nd Avenue North, right next to Rogue Tavern

Another place to hear live music in Birmingham is always a win. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Rogue Tavern owner Travis McGriff hopes to open his 6,000 square-foot entertainment venue in October. Live music? Weddings? Parties? In Birmingham? We’re in. Bring it, Massie’s on 2nd!

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