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Mardi Gras celebration in Five Points South tonight

Birmingham Carnival Society logoGood morning and laissez les bons temps rouler, Birmingham! This evening’s weather forecast (54° and no rain) is making it sound like it’ll be a nice one to head on out and join a parade…

The Birmingham Carnival Society is planning to once again hold a Mardi Gras parade (only the second one since 1901 according to their official website) in the Magic City starting at 8 p.m. from in front of the Mellow Mushroom in Five Points South (though the lineup will start closer to Tom & Jerry’s Chevron), ending at Rocky’s Pizza on Richard Arrington, Jr., Blvd.

People may enter floats up until the last minute, but maybe the fact that Good People Brewing Company has already committed will be reason enough for many to head on out. There is a $12 registration fee (to cover the costs of the parade permits).

Just in case you’re wondering – even though today’s Fat Tuesday, National Pancake Day is next week, February 28. This year IHOP hopes to raise $2.7 million for the Children’s Miracle Network (of which Children’s of Alabama is a part).

You can also get in the mood (if you’re allowed to watch at work that is) by checking out live cams from Mobile, New Orleans, and Trinidad in the West Indies.

Camp Taco empire expands

Fans of Camp Taco who ventured into Homewood in recent days may have done a double take after seeing the logo hanging over a former Qdoba location.

It appears that the Five Points South-based restaurant is preparing to open a new location on Greensprings Hwy, one that gives them much more space and an outdoor patio so regulars have another option of where to enjoy their meals.

The Qdoba location it replaces was the last one operating in Alabama. The metro area had two locations as late as early last year. The other location, at 18th Street and 5th Ave. S., closed in early 2010 and was replaced that May by a Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Proposed Five Points Chick-Fil-A now has no drive-thru

CIMG0005UPDATE: Joseph Baker, president of I Believe in Birmingham, has posted a statement on the organization’s Facebook page this evening.

Applause erupted this afternoon during a subcommittee meeting of Birmingham’s Design Review Committee as representatives from Chick-Fil-A informed committee members and others gathered that the proposed Five Points South location would not include a drive-through.

The fast-food chain plans to present a conceptual proposal to the full committee during next Wednesday morning’s regularly scheduled meeting. That proposal will incorporate points and suggestions made by the subcommittee today.

Chick-Fil-A also announced that they planned to use and modify the existing building on the site – a former Ruby Tuesday’s location – as well as incorporate a playground and outdoor seating. Reusing the existing structure would also allow them to move forward with the project quickly.

The number of parking spaces would be reduced from 90 to 74. There was also a question about if there would be a change in operating hours as a result of the prominent location; they said that none was planned.

Photo: Chick-Fil-A presents to Design Review Committee subcommittee. acnatta/Flickr

Highlands, Hot and Hot outstanding to us regardless

Frank StittThe James Beard Foundation announced earlier this evening that Daniel in New York City has been awarded the 2010 James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant.

Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham’s Five Points South neighborhood had been named a finalist for the prestigious award presented during the awards ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

It is the second time in three years that Frank Stitt‘s restaurant had been honored with a finalist nomination. The other time was in 2008.

Stitt himself was named Best Chef, Southeast by the Beard Foundation in 2001. Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club was nominated for the same honor in the Southern region this evening but also wasn’t victorious. He has also been nominated twice in the last three years (2008, 2010).

This year’s finalist selection had probably received even more attention than normal locally due to his ongoing objection to a project that would place a Chick Fil A restaurant – with a drive-through window – around the corner from the award-winning destination.

The Bright Star in Bessemer was honored as an American Classic (as reported by several media outlets earlier this year) during the ceremony.

Photo: Courtesy Southern Foodways Alliance.

UPDATE: Leon Redbone’s in town TONIGHT!

Leon RedboneUPDATE: Congratulations to James Gilbreath, our winner and thanks to those who participated.

One person at random will find out at 4 p.m. that they’ve got a chance to win two (2) tickets to see Leon Redbone live and in person in Birmingham’s Five Points South entertainment district. Sipsey Tavern is located at 1926 12th Ave. S (the former Bailey’s Pub location for those in the know).  I’ve got a feeling that you’ll recognize the voice behind the theme song to Mr. Belvedere (it’s the video linked here) and classic Saturday Night Live appearances among other things.

How do you enter? You’ve got to have a Twitter account and you’ve got until 3:30 p.m. CT to retweet the following for all to see:

Check out Leon Redbone @sipseytavern TONIGHT @ 8 pm http://bit.ly/cJwPhn – RT to win tickets from @bhamterminal #bham

Think of it as an early thank you for those of you who’ve visited the site.

BTW – A head’s up – it may not be up tomorrow.

In case you don’t win, limited tickets are still available for $40 each and they’re still available by phone (205.202.4116). Good luck! We’ll let you know who wins at 4 p.m. both here and on Twitter…

Photo: Courtesy of the venue. Taken by Nancy DePra

UPDATE: Fice and Ice under wraps, for now

Fire and Ice under wraps. Andre Natta/bhamterminal.com

We’re really not weren’t sure what the deal is was ourselves. There’d been a lot of searches recently including the words “Fire and Ice“, “Birmingham” and “what happened” bringing folks to the website so we headed over to Five Points South where we took the above photo.

The windows were covered in paper though there were no signs explaining what was going on. Comments to the restaurant’s fan page on Facebook suggest that this has been the case since October 10. Emails have been sent to the local corporate offices with no answer or voicemail available when phoned. The restaurant opened in March of 2008.

What we did learn was that the restaurant is having improvements made that should be complete in time for a December reopening, so those who enjoy the restaurant shouldn’t be worried about them closing.

Photo: Fire and Ice as it appeared on Tuesday evening, October 13, 2009. André Natta/bhamterminal.com.

Five Points work nears completion

Street Renovation in 5 Points

Photo: Street Renovation in 5 Points. Josh Self/Flickr.

Be careful if you’re trying to get around in Five Points South this evening. A few blocks of the popular bohemian district in Birmingham’s Southside have been temporarily fenced off to vehicular traffic.

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford and city public works employees were spotted putting the final touches on the district’s recent street and lamp post renovation project earlier today.

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