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Birmingham, Ala. | Apr 18, 2019
By: Hanno van der Bijl – Digital Producer, Birmingham Business Journal
A popular Birmingham burger chain wants to make some big changes to its downtown Homewood location.
Jack’s plans to tear down its restaurant at 2831 19th St. S. and rebuild it according to the new building concept it adopted last year, reports the Homewood Star. According to a company spokesperson, demolition is expected to begin in early May, and the new restaurant is expected to reopen in the fall.
According to the plans submitted to the city’s special issues committee, the move would remove 10 parking spaces. The company wants to plant trees between the restaurant and Demetri’s BBQ to be in compliance with the city’s tree ordinances. It has also said it would remove the pole sign and add attached signs to the building.
As we reported, Jack’s opened its first restaurant location with the new design in Southside, Alabama. The design build includes features such as a wrapped porch with outdoor seating, an old-fashioned ice cream counter and a spotlight on the restaurant’s biscuit maker. The Homewood location would be the company’s fifth out of its 163 stores with the new design. Other locations include Southside, Muscle Shoals, and Dora, Alabama, as well as Chickamauga, Georgia.
“When the decision was made to rebuild Homewood, it was a really easy decision to build our newest store design in its place,” said Jake Taylor, vice president of marketing at Jack’s. “Homewood is where we were founded and a city we are proud to call home. We wanted to showcase the future of Jack’s in a community that is such a big part of our history and overall success.”
The request will be considered at the next city council meeting on April 22.
The move comes at a time when the city is working to implement the recommendations laid out in its Heart of Homewood Master Plan.