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Beacon Place Tuscaloosa, a luxury apartment complex in Tuscaloosa (4400 Beacon Place Parkway), held a ribbon cutting with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce in October. The complex features one-story apartments with attached garages, a resort style salt water pool, a 24/7 fitness center, a coffee bar with free WIFI, and more. (205) 343-1700; beaconplacetuscaloosa.com
Escape Tuscaloosa is celebrated its grand opening Tuscaloosa (1663 McFarland Blvd. N) in October. This escape room experience features four different rooms/scenarios. Each is an hour-long adventure, designed to challenge knowledge, wit, and the determination to escape. (205) 248-2115; escapetuscaloosa.com
Philly Boyz Cheesesteaks celebrated its opening (earlier this year) with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama on Oct. 20. The restaurant, located at 1306 University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa (in the former Tut’s Place location), offers authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks, pizzas, gourmet french fries, and more. (205) 759-1004; @PhillyBoyzAL on Facebook.
Pho Town is now open in Tuscaloosa’s Midtown Village (1800 McFarland Blvd. E. #420). The restaurant offers an authentic, contemporary Vietnamese fusion menu, including herbs and vegetables, seafood, poultry, pork, and beef dishes. (205) 248-7663; photowns.com
News and Happenings
Norman A. Crow, a member of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). He will represent Congressional District Seven and will be subject to confirmation by the 2018 Alabama Senate.
Judy Holland, the managing director of High Socks for Hope, was named Northport Citizen of the Year on Oct. 3. Holland and volunteers have helped over 500 families in crisis. Over 200 of those assisted have been homeless or disabled veterans and their families.
Bill Lloyd was named 2017 Restauranteur of the Year by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association on Oct. 16. The ARHA honors its “Stars of the Year” annually. The Stars awards are peer-nominated; winners are selected by the Stars committee and ARHA's board of directors. Lloyd is the owner of 301 Bistro, Bar, & Beer Garden (301 Greensboro Ave.) and Wilhagan’s Grille & Tap Room (2209 4th Street) in Tuscaloosa.
The Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 28, with live music, drink specials, and a champagne toast. (205) 469-1660; riverfrontvillagehotel.com
Black Warrior Brewing Company is celebrating its 4th anniversary on Nov. 9, with live music, free food, special beer releases, and more. (205) 248-7841; blackwarriorbrewing.com