Several restaurants continue to close around Birmingham metro


anybody’s business go under because it is hard to bounce back from that.” ONE AFTER THE OTHER, RESTAURANTS IN THE BIRMINGHAM METRO AREA ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS. MORE THAN A DOZEN HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE. AS THESE RESTAURANTS CLOSE, THEY’RE LEAVING EMPTY SPACES IN SHOPPING CENTERS AND CITY STREETS. CBS 42 NEWS REPORTER MICHAEL CLARK IS LIVE IN HOMEWOOD TONIGHT – WHERE A BARBECUE RESTAURANT JUST FOLDED – MICHAEL IT HADN’T BEEN OPEN THAT LONG? MARK’S JOINT HASN’T BEEN IN DOWNTOWN HOMEWOOD AS LONG AS SOME OF THE OTHER BUSINESSES HERE – BUT NEIGHBORS WERE SURPRISED TO SEE ABRUPTLY CLOSE – SOMETHING WE’RE SEEING ALL ACROSS THE AREA – BIRMINGHAM, MOUNTAIN BROOK, VESTAVIA HILLS, AND HERE IN HOMEWOOD CHAINS ON THE DOOR – SIGNS IN THE WINDOW – EVIDENCE OF THE NUMEROUS RESTAURANTS AND BARS THAT HAVE CLOSED IN RECENT MONTHS – ALMOST TWO DOZEN IN THE LAST YEAR – INCLUDING MARK’S JOINT IN HOMEWOOD – I’ve eaten there several times for lunch, I worked in the area, and when I came to lunch on Saturday and walked passed it and saw the signs up that they closed, I was very surprised, everyone was. ALSO SURPRISED? THIS DELIVERY DRIVER WHO WAS CAME EXPECTING TO PICK UP FROM A MOBILE ORDER – ABRUPT RESTAURANT CLOSINGS ARE LEAVING SOME NEIGHBORS WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED. We really do have some fantastic restaurants and maybe we have too many, I don’t know but I love the variety. (nats) AT LA CALLE IN TRUSSVILLE Every time a restaurant opens, my sales drop a little more each time, OWNER MARIA GREUGOL ALSO WORRIES ABOUT SO MANY RESTAURANTS POPPING UP – ONLY TO CLOSE LATER. SHE’S BEEN IN HER NEW BUSINESS FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR NOW – Every time I hear of somebody closing, it kind of makes me nervous. I really wouldn’t like to go through the same thing, but supporting your local businses, you are really supporting your city, your schools, you are keeping your money within. MORE COMPETITION, LABOR SHORTAGES, HIGH RENT PRICES – ALL FACTORS THAT CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT (nats) AND WHILE GREUGOL DOES WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE – SHE THINKS SHE HAS ALL THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS (nats) AND HOPES TO CONTINUE SERVING CUSTOMERS HERE FOR YEARS TO COME – DESPITE THE DAILY CHALLENGES ALL AROUND HER They’re supportive. A lot of them have become friends, some even best friends, so I probably wouldn’t have met all of them if it wasn’t for this place.>AS WE FIRST TOLD YOU AT NOON, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS FORCED OUT

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