In this Post: Montgomery’s first production brewery focuses on community with a slice of fun on the side, two local favorites open their new spaces, and we land trendy new healthy food spot and a regional coffee competition.
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Prevail Union Montgomery Opens Doors to New Dexter Ave. Home
What originally popped up as a temporary holiday experiment has blossomed over the past two years into a caffeinated dream come true. For years downtowners could only dream of grabbing a quality cup of Joe in the neighborhood, but now at Prevail Union Montgomery they can find the best coffee in Alabama according to Food & Wine just steps away in the renovated Kress Building.
After proving their concept in a corner of the behemoth One Court Square building, roaster and brewer Wade Preston and his crew opened the doors at 39 Dexter Avenue, Suite 102, just in time to serve up carefully brewed pour over coffee, smooth and creamy nitro on tap, and chai lattes for the massive crowds attending the opening of the National Memorial to Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum – among them the much selfied Dave Matthews and his daughter.
The space is beautiful, seamlessly blending with the feel of the award winning Kress renovation and featuring white marble countertops, dark stained wood furnishings, and touches of gold in the understated lighting and signage accents. The adjacent public space in Lower Dexter Park enhances the open feeling and invites guests in from the heat for a cold brew. A mural declaring “Together We Prevail” painted by local artist Sunny Paulk echoes the determined optimism that characterizes the shop.
Prevail Union Montgomery is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out their retail shelves as well to pick up whole beans freshly roasted just across the street, as well as T-shirts, brew-at-home gear and some gorgeous photography prints from local artist Jonathan Kohn.
Seafood Bistro Fans Flock to New Location
Famously known for their gas-station digs, Paul and Jessica Do’s authentic Cajun cuisine has found an new space, complete with charming décor and lots of elbow room to get into your gumbo or grab that po-boy with two hands.
Despite a plan to softly open, rabid fans showed up the minute the doors opened to check out the new space and get more of that Bayou LaBatre inspired menu, along with some new additions like burgers and soon, alcoholic beverages.
Watch for expanded hours and get to know their new expanded staff at at 1651 Perry Hill Road, just down from The Fresh Market. They’re open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday.
Share a Common Bond & and a Slice
In 2009 Alabama freed the hops, and shortly after, Railyard Brewing paved the way for for a homegrown craft beer evolution. In April, Montgomery’s craft beer fans welcomed a new experience with the launch of Common Bond Brewers. Now you can relax in the comfort a family-friendly tap room to enjoy the latest batch and discuss the fads and old favorites of the craft brewing industry, often with the brewer himself.
Co-owned by brewer and chemist Andrew McNally and Tim Doles, Common Bond brews four flagship beers, a blonde, a pale ale, an IPA and a ramber (rye-amber). Since opening, a brown ale and the first of a series called the Hop Workshop have been added to a rotating lineup. Take some home in a growler or crowler (32 ounce can filled and sealed on demand) for your next cookout or beach trip.
Check out their schedule of trivia nights, Bend and Brew yoga and live music on Facebook.
If hunger strikes while you’re sipping, walk next door to Bibb Street Pizza for a slice or a whole pie. A sister to Auburn’s beloved Little Italy Pizza, you can dine in, sit on the patio or even order it in to your table at Common Bond. Check out the menu at http://www.bibbstpizzaco.com/
N E W S, R E V I E W S, A N D E V E N T S
EatMGM Restaurant Week Dates announced
We’re already thinking about EatMGM, Montgomery’s annual restaurant week, so we’ve got food on our minds. Mark your calendars for August 10-19 and get ready for ten days of delicious deals.
Frutta Bowls coming to The Shoppes at Eastchase this Fall
A new healthy dining option arrives on the east Montgomery dining scene this fall with Frutta Bowls, a health-focused restaurant featuring acai bowls with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Look for them near Bath & Body Works.
The Amateur Traveler Reviews 16 Places to Eat and Drink in Montgomery
Travel Blogger Chris Christensen gives readers a run down of the 16 places he discovered on a recent trip to Montgomery to experience what the city has to offer, including The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum. Read it here.
US Coffee Championships to be held in MGM Aug 17 – 19
Grab a ticket and see the best baristas in the South East put on a show at this regional competition proudly hosted by Prevail Union Montgomery.