Now Open/Coming Soon
Asuka Buffet, a Chinese restaurant, was expected to open soon in Tuscaloosa in the former Cheddar’s Restaurant location (1100 Skyland Blvd. E.). Asuka will offer an all-you-can-eat buffet as well as traditional Chinese menu items for lunch and dinner. (205) 366-8551
Shindig, a new family fun center, is coming to Tuscaloosa (5800 McFarland Blvd. E.). Ground was broken for the center in July, with plans to open this fall. Shindig will offer 28 bowling lanes (including several for private use), miniature golf, arcade games, axe throwing, and 3D laser tag – along with live music and entertainment, a restaurant, and a lounge. (205) 799-5823; @ShindigAL on Facebook
Urgent Care for Children plans to open a clinic in Tuscaloosa (4700 Rice Mine Road N.E.). The physician-owned pediatric urgent care clinic is expected to be open this fall. (205) 848-2273; childrensurgent.com
The boutique bakery Whimsy Cookie Co. will open in downtown Tuscaloosa (305 21st Ave.) on Aug. 30. The Memphis-based company specializes in thick, soft sugar cookies based on an original recipe by founder and co-owner Laurie Suriff. Whimsey also offers cookie cakes, specialty cookies, and more. whimsycookieco.com
News and Happenings
Brown’s Greenhouses Owners Daniel and Margaret Brown were recently named Tuscaloosa County Farmer of the Year (jointly). The Farmer of the Year awards are sponsored annually by the Kiwanis Club of Tuscaloosa.
Two-term Tuscaloosa City Council District 4 representative Matt Calderone is stepping down. Calderone and his family will be moving into a home located outside his district. A special election was planned to fill the seat on Oct. 8.
Amy Dozier and Daryl Phelps are the most recent recipients of the DCH Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is given to DCH employees who exemplify the highest standards of excellence in attitude, job performance, dependability, appearance, and contributions to DCH beyond the call of duty. Employees nominate their peers for the award. Dozier is a patient registrar for the Fayette Medical Center Outpatient Clinic. Phelps works in Information Technology for DCH.
Dr. Richard Friend has been named dean of The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. Friend, who came to UA in 2012, had served as interim dean and professor in the college for the past year.