Downtown’s new wine bar named Aviné + Southside Cook Out opening Jan. 6 + more coming in Birmingham

You had me at merlot. Photo via Avine’s Facebook

Happy 2021, Birmingham. A new year calls for a fresh list of openings and there are a lot of developments to keep on your radar, including Cook Out’s second location, downtown’s new wine bar, O’Henry’s Coffee’s newest shop and more.

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Cook Out’s 2nd location opening in Southside + 7 other openings

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A second Cook Out is coming to Birmingham soon. Photo via Cook Out’s Facebook

This week, we’ve got a diverse lineup of new openings and staple Birmingham businesses that are relocating. From exciting new restaurants, local libraries and one of my favorite antique stores where you can find just about anything, here are some fresh developments to keep on your radar.

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Countdown to Cook Out: 5 reasons to get excited about Birmingham’s latest eatery

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The Cook Out family is finally coming to Birmingham. Photo from Cook Out Facebook page.

Do you ever feel like you’ve tried every good burger and BBQ place in town? Though places like Sam’s Super Samwiches and Dreamland BBQ will always have a special place in my heart, I’m excited that there’s a new favorite coming to Birmingham.

Originating in 1989 in Greensboro, NC, Cook Out has made a name for itself by having great, affordable food, with the motto “always fresh, never frozen.” Now, Birmingham will soon have its own Cook Out. Here are five reasons why you should get excited about the opening.

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Dear Cook Out, what gives? Sincerely, 1.1 million Birmingham metro citizens

Birmingham, Alabama, Dear Cook Out, What Gives? Sincerely, 1.1 million Birmingham metro citizens
Photo via Cook Out’s Facebook page

The citizens of Birmingham, from Mayor Randall Woodfin to one hungry UAB student, are hurting. The source of our pain? You, Cook Out. You’ve jilted us. Worse, you flaunt your rejection by continuing to expand in other cities across Alabama. Enough of this. I won’t have the Magic City moping around like a teenager without a prom date.

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