Taylor Hicks opening an eatery in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -  American Idol winner Taylor Hicks is a musician, actor, and now a restaurant owner.

He's opening a new spot called Ore Bar and Grill in Birmingham's Crestline community.

"(It's) short for iron ore, which the city was founded and my family were miners in the Simpsy Mines in northeast Alabama," said Hicks."I think that ore is definitely something important to people from Birmingham."

The restaurant will be located in the old Open Door Cafe where Hicks once played.    
He says expect great food, fun, and idol watch parties. "I think that the great thing is I do get to come in and surprise everyone and play acoustic. And I think with great food, the prospect of great music, I think it's a winning combination," he said.

Sara Thompson says she was disappointed when the Open Door Cafe closed. But she never expected her favorite American Idol winner to open a restaurant there. "We're really excited. We've been watching the progress," said Thompson.

Ore Bar and Grill will open this spring. Taylor says this is a chance for him to learn more about the food industry and potentially open more restaurants. He says he's been approached by several people about opening restaurants in his name.

Hicks also has a new album due out this year.

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