Now the news: West Homewood is getting an entertainment district, new restaurants opening and more

Little London Kitchen is part of West Homewood’s new entertainment district. (pam now)

Happy Tuesday Birmingham! We hope you had a safe and relaxing weekend filled with hot dogs and fireworks. Are you frustrated about returning to work? We’ve got exciting news across town to lift your spirits, including a new entertainment district in West Homewood, tons of openings and more. To read the details.

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Zucchini Pie from Tasty Town. (Sharon Swain/Baham Now)

Let’s start things off with a classic opening round. Check out these recent openings and more soon around town:

now open

  • More than just a great coffee spot, Frothy Monkey offers fresh breakfast/lunch menu items, a variety of alcoholic beverages, and small bites for day and night gatherings. It is located in the former Urban Standard building downtown.
  • Tasty Town is a fresh Greek spot right next to Railroad Park with a modern, open feel and delicious food. I highly recommend the grilled eggplant.

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  • Salon 46 at Homewood is a sister-owned salon ready to give you the best cuts, colours, styles and treatments. Opening date: August 6.
  • Ampersand Cocktails and Cuisine is an upscale dessert bar that opens in downtown Birmingham next to the Rotary Trail. Opening date: September 2022.
  • Habitual Lash in Homewood is a new beauty bar with offers including eyelashes, facials, waxing and more. Follow them on Instagram for the latest updates.
  • Ladybird Taco in Mountain Brook is a casual restaurant that brings fresh ingredients and a bit of Austin, Texas flavor to our neck of the woods. Opening date: early September 2022.
Italian Capella
Get ready for a taste of Italy! (Ben Johnson/Baham Now)

We have the inside scoop at a new family-owned Italian restaurant making its way to the village of Inverness. Capella Italiane will specialize in custom wood-fired pizza, using uniquely designed ovens straight from Italy.

“At Capella, we honor the rituals of Italy and make more than the everyday, ordinary pizza. We bring to your table a delightful journey into the cultural experience of real Neapolitan pizza and cuisine. Capella’s menu is simple – nine types of pizza, salads, Italian wine, international bottled beer and desserts.”

Mehmet Ozbe, owner of Capella Italian, as quoted by Harbert Retail

The 4,860-square-foot pizzeria will feature Italian music, long community-style tables and European football on their TVs for that immersive Italian experience.

West homewood entertainment district 1 now news: West Homewood gets a recreation area, new restaurants open + more
Here’s a map of the new West Homewood recreation area. (Homewood voters/Facebook)

On Monday, June 27, Homewood City Council approved plans for a recreation area in West Homewood. The recreation area allows people to take alcoholic drinks outside the premises within a designated area during designated times, so you can have an after-dinner margarita on the go!

“Tonight the City Council has approved West Homewood Recreational District, giving this wonderful community even more opportunity to grow and come together. This is very exciting for the future of West Homewood.”

Patrick McCluskey, Mayor of Homewood

The area includes local food including Ash Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Little London Kitchen and Pizzeria GM

American Red Cross Building / Downtown Birmingham
American Red Cross Building. (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

Since 1999, the American Red Cross building in downtown Birmingham has been closed. Earlier this month, Parkview Financial announced it was offering a $22.5 million loan to EPT Holdings, LLC to redevelop the vacated building. Here are the latest details about the project, led by New York developer Ed Ticheli:

  • Project name: Market Lofts in the third
  • 192 small affordable apartments averaging 438 square feet
  • The mix of units will include 95 studios, 94 one-bedroom units, and three two-bedroom units
  • 4000 square feet retail unit with 60 parking spaces
  • Building facilities: on-site laundry, fitness center, third-floor lounge, central patio

With secured funding, construction has begun on redevelopment, which is expected to be completed by December 2023.

World Games 2022
World Games mural. Oak Mountain State Park. Image via Matthew Niblet for Bham Now.

It’s time to plan your alternate itineraries for the 2022 World Games, as there are many road closures and safety perimeters that may affect your daily commute. Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know:

  • Public works and transportation workers will begin closing roads and securing the perimeter on July 2 and will continue to do so through the weekend.
  • Areas south of 20/59 and access to CityWalk will be closed from July 5-17.
  • There will be a renewed closure of certain sites and events on July 10-11 and July 16-17.
  • There will be a security checkpoint for delivery drivers near 19th Street and Caraway Boulevard and specific entry times for trucks such as 18-wheelers.
  • A dedicated ride-sharing car park will be located at 22 N Street for drivers of Uber, Lyft and independent taxi service companies.
  • People are encouraged to take the line — the free shuttle service available during the 2022 World Games.

Check out the upcoming road closure maps here, and stay tuned for more updates leading up to TWG 2022.

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