Now Open/Opening Soon
18 Chopsticks is now open in Northport (824 McFarland Blvd.) The restaurant, which features traditional Vietnamese cuisine, including pho and sushi, opened its doors on May 15. (205) 331-4420
Five Below is now open in the Shoppes at Legacy Park in Tuscaloosa (1451 Dr Edward Hillard Dr.). This teen-oriented retail chain sells a large assortment of games, snacks, jewelry, room decor & more – all for $1-5. (205) 758-1081; fivebelow.com
Precision Vein Therapeutics is now open in Northport (4112 Watermelon Road). This medical practice offers treatment of symptomatic and cosmetic vein disorders, including treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and venous ulcerations. precisionveintherapeutics.com; (205) 710-3800
News and Happenings
A new hotel is planned for the spot formerly occupied by Fire Station No. 1 on Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard South. AC Hotels by Marriott offers modern guestrooms, an AC Lounge co-working space, and more. The 8000-square-foot hotel should be open by the fall of 2019.
BankFirst Financial Services will open a new bank in downtown Tuscaloosa (2301 Sixth St. – the parking lot behind First Baptist Church). The company plans to open early next year.
Bowlero, an upscale bowling alley, will locate in the former Bruno’s Supermarket site (2001 McFarland Blvd E). Bowlero offers a high-tech bowling experience, featuring blacklight bowling lanes, food and drinks, and a state-of-the-art arcade. Expect Bowlero to open next year. bowlero.com
Crunch Fitness is expected to open in the old Gander Mountain building (3325 McFarland Blvd E.). The company plans a $3 million, 42,000-square-foot fitness center offering fitness classes, free weights, a ride studio, and more. Crunch Fitness Tuscaloosa hopes to open on September 1. (205) 737-0738; crunchtuscaloosa.com
Jalapeños Mexican Grill was selected as a 2018 American Small Business Champion by the SCORE Association, a non-profit group of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. The selection means Jalapeños advances to the American Small Business Championship, with the winner to be named in September.
The Tuscaloosa County Civitan Club honored Lin D. Moore as Tuscaloosa County Citizen of the Year on May 16 during its annual luncheon. Moore has served as Chairman of Pritchett-Moore, Inc. insurance agency since 2004. Moore has been involved in numerous charitable and civic activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority for more than two decades.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Jamie Holland, MD, has joined the medical staff at DCH Regional Medical Center. Dr. Holland, who is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, specializes in coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve repair and replacement procedures. The name of his practice is West Alabama Cardiac Surgery. He comes to DCH from Mercy St. Anne’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he was Chief and Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
9 Round Fitness recently celebrated its second anniversary in Tuscaloosa. 9 Round offers full-body workouts in 30 minutes. (205) 248-7641
Frutta Bowls (2531 University Blvd. Suite 110) marks its first anniversary of its downtown Tuscaloosa location this month. Since opening in June 2017, Frutta Bowls has also opened a second location in Midtown Village. (205) 799-3817; fruttabowls.com