Taste of Tuscaloosa: New Restaurant, 301 Bistro, Now Open in Historic L&N Train Station

301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden, which opened in December, offers nightly dinner and Sunday brunch. 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden, which opened in December, offers nightly dinner and Sunday brunch.

By Sheena Gregg 

 

Savvy area historians may know that Tuscaloosa’s L&N Train Station served as the passenger Louisville-to-Nashville train station for over five decades. The stunning building, located at 301 Greensboro Avenue, has since been rented out as a private events facility, hosting everything from “house” parties to wedding receptions. Now, the space will house downtown Tuscaloosa’s newest restaurant: 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden, which is expected to open this month, offering nightly dinner and Sunday brunch. 

 

The owners of 301 Bistro are spiritedly calling the featured cuisine “Tuscaloosa fusion.” Owner Bill Lloyd said the restaurant will be an homage to all the things that make Tuscaloosa great. 

 

“It will honor the German community that is such an integral part of the area, as well as Tuscaloosa’s ‘southernness,’ with a bit of Creole and Gulf Coast,” Lloyd said. “We will, as much as possible, use fresh, locally grown seasonal vegetables, and the menu will include several vegetarian options.” 

 

 

Lloyd added that 301 Bistro will offer authentic German sausage platters and giant Bavarian pretzels for beer garden patrons.  

 

“The dinner menu features true fusion dishes that incorporate German, Southern and Gulf Coast traditions,” he added. 

 

As the restaurant’s name indicates, 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden will have something for everyone. Complementing the bold and eclectic dishes, the inside bar will feature craft cocktails as well as local craft beers, German classics, and various wine selections. The outside beer garden will provide beer and wine, while also offering a large range of appetizers that are also available in the indoor bar venue.  

 

Operating manager Sarah Thompson wants people to consider 301 Bistro as a regular, affordable hangout with friends and family.  

“We want people to think of the Bistro as a place to come for a regular happy hour or dinner after work,” Thompson said. “We don’t want to be considered just a special occasion venue but a place that people can come for great food all the time.”  

And while finding parking in parts of downtown Tuscaloosa can be challenging, 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden has that angle covered. On-site parking will be available to accommodate approximately 90 vehicles.  

Photos: Britney McComb

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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