6 New Restaurants Coming to Tuscaloosa in 2015
The growth Tuscaloosa has experienced over the last five years has been pretty incredible. From residential to retail, the city continues to change and expand each year.
While some of that growth can bring disruption and congestion, there’s one area that most people can agree has been a big positive: restaurants. Tuscaloosa’s underrated food scene continues grow in variety and quality, which makes the region more attractive to visitors and potential residents.
The second half of 2015 will only add to the list of restaurants in Tuscaloosa as six new businesses are set to open before the end of the year. As you’ll see in the list, two of them have a history in the city while the others are moving in for the first time.
The central Alabama burger chain had a location for years on McFarland Blvd, but it was destroyed during the April 27, 2011 tornado. Four years later, the restaurant is set to open at the intersection of Skyland Blvd and Hwy 69. There isn't a firm date, but based on construction, it looks like a June or July opening is expected.
Chuck E. Cheese
Tuscaloosa residents will also be excited to know that the kid-friendly pizza and arcade chain will make its return this year. The original location was also destroyed by the April 27, 2011 tornado and many families have been hoping it would reopen.
Well, it's coming soon! And the new location won't be too far from the old Wood Square Shopping Center. Construction has started in Midtown Village next to Az Well and across from Brother's Express Pizza. If you look at this map of Midtown, the location is between #508 and #512.
The national steak chain has locations in 49 different states and will be adding its seventh to Alabama this fall. Tuscaloosa's first Texas Roadhouse will be located in front of the Lofts at City Center, which is the site of the old Wood Square Shopping Center. Developers broke ground in March but hope to have the restaurant open around October.
Chuy's is an Austin, Texas-based Tex-Mex chain that will open its second Alabama location this fall. The restaurant will move into the new retail development along McFarland Blvd, The Shoppes at Legacy Park. Known for its free happy hour nacho bar and eclectic decor, Chuy's has a grand opening date set for October 15.
The sushi restaurant that began in Birmingham nine years ago and expanded into Oxford, Mississippi in 2013 will open a third location in Tuscaloosa later this year. Construction is underway along University Blvd as its right across the street from the University Club on the edge of the historic district.
Rock N Roll Sushi
Rock N Roll Sushi continues to expand across the state and will make Tuscaloosa the spot for its sixth location. The sushi restaurant is moving into downtown Tuscaloosa next door to The Pants Store and across the street from Mellow Mushroom. You can stay updated on progress reports through their Facebook page, but it looks like they hope to open in July.