Five Points' Ruby Tuesday closes as area undergoes change

By Emily Luxen
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A new business is coming to Birmingham's Five Points South neighborhood, and area business owners say they are excited about the possibility.

The new restaurant will move into the space previously occupied by Ruby Tuesday.  The restaurant closed its doors last week, after 16 years of business. Operation New Birmingham's Michael Calvert said as soon as Ruby Tuesday closed its doors, plans started to bring in a new restaurant.

Across the street, at Mellow Mushroom, employees said they hope a new restaurant will boost their business.
"It's a good thing because it brings in more people definitely into the area," said bartender Stewart White, "We will also get some spillover too."

At the newly-named Mill at 5 Points, the owner said she hopes the new addition will help energize the area.

"We're trying to build the area back up and get more people out here, and turn it into the way Five Points used to be where people could park and go from place to place to place," said Stephanie Boyd.

Over the last six months, there have been a lot of changes in the Five Points South.  Fuego Cantina Restaurant and Saloon opened, The Mill at 5 Points South opened under a new name, and Crush, a dance club opened. Meanwhile, Fire and Ice closed its doors. Calvert said the turnover is nothing to be concerned about.

"I have been watching 5 Points South for many years, and there is an ongoing change over time in the mix of restaurants and clubs," said Calvert,

"Five Points is doing well. We consider it the dining capital of the Birmingham area."

Calvert expects to know more details about the new restaurant on Mar. 10.

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