New Restaurants Invade Montgomery


By Ashley Thompson

Several new restaurants have opened in Montgomery over the past couple months and more are slated to open this year. So how is Montgomery attracting all of these restaurants?

Joe Hoeniges is the "people's manager" at Newks café on Vaughn and Taylor Road. He says since opening in October, the reception has only been good.

"Montgomery loves us and we love them and yeah, it's been very positive."

And Newks isn't the only new eatery in town. Several restaurants have opened in the Shoppes at EastChase, including a Firebirds. Jimmy Johns is scheduled to open in the spring at the corner of Carter Hill and Narrow Lane Road. Reginald Hardy works right next door at Winn-Dixie and says he's looking forward to the new sandwich shop

"I did meet the owner and he did give samples of sandwiches and it was great."

A Shrimp Basket is replacing the old Flips on Vaughn and Taylor, while right behind it, in the Sturbridge shopping center, another Chicken Salad Chick is slated to open. A Full Moon BBQ and a Buffalo Wild Wings are also coming to the Capitol City. Michael Briddell with the Mayor's Office, says the growing number of restaurants validates Montgomery.

"These corporations, before they make a major investment like building a restaurant, ask a whole lot of questions and do a whole lot of research," he explains. "Are there enough people in this community? Is there enough disposable income that people are going to be able to go out and enjoy a meal on the town?"

Although there are new places to dine, some people we spoke with say they'd like even more.

"Dave N Busters, Joe's Crab Shack and Cheesecake Factory," says Montgomery resident Marcell Jennings.

"I would like to see Jamba Juice and In-N-Out Burger," says Patrick Fran. "I used to be in California so those were two big restaurants there."

Which restaurants would you like to see come to Montgomery? Take the poll on our homepage.


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Natalie said on Friday, Feb 14 at 10:11 PM

How about adding American Cheesecke Factory , Steven Buster and Old Chicago pizza to the Montgomery area of restaurants.

Kristie said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 5:48 AM

Another California native here! Yes Jamba Juice & In & Out Burger, Jack in the Box, Wienerschnitzels, Raleys (there is one in bham)

Rick Peters said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 9:55 AM

PF Changs would make my day.

brandy said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 1:52 PM

JOE'S CRAB SHACK! That would be awesome

Jay Croft said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 2:45 PM

I'm very happy that India Palace returned to Montgomery last month. The first weekend they were open they served 900 customers! Last night my wife and I went to India Palace. They had a special Valentine's Day menu, and it was wonderful--and reasonably priced.

susie said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 3:04 PM

I would love to see chuys come to montgomery !!!! You can watch the women through the window making fresh tortillas that for purchasing before you leave. I have eaten at chuys in tex an nashville tenn.Also they have some different items on their menu that arent in other mexican restaurants . More wants for montgomery al,HuHot mongolian grill,Panni Pete's, El Cholo,Blue Corn Cafe, last but not least Sweet tomato's soup plantation. I've eaten all all the restaurants from fl ,calf,to tex ,mexico an texas.believe this would something very different for the public to enjoy for their taste.

Anonymous said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 3:09 PM

Chuys, Sweet Tomato Plantation,Panni Pete's, El cholo, HuHot mongolian grill,Blue Corn cafe. I've eaten at all these restaurants . Just to let you know they are worth montgomery al time.Hoping we see these restaurants soon for the changes we need.

Susan Smith said on Saturday, Feb 15 at 6:33 PM

We would love to see a CHEDDAR'S come to Montgomery. They have locations in Columbus, Ga. and Tuscaloosa. We have eaten at the location in Pigeon Forge, Tn. It's affordable, a good variety on the menu and the food is excellent.

Lisa said on Monday, Feb 17 at 2:28 AM

Dave & busters and a Cheesecake Factory would be pretty AWESOME!!!

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