Repost from The Birmingham Business Journal

The original article can be found here.

After months of being closed due to the pandemic, Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird – two acclaimed Birmingham restaurants operated by Chris and Idie Hastings – will reopen next month.

Both restaurants will reopen on Oct. 7.

The new hours for the restaurants will be 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday. Private dining functions will also be available Monday through Saturday at the eateries, which are both located in Pepper Place after Hot and Hot’s recent move.

The restaurants have been closed for nearly seven months, save for a period when Hot and Hot was offering its famed tomato salad via curbside pickup.

Ovenbird will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in October, while Hot and Hot has long been one of the most significant restaurants in Birmingham’s acclaimed culinary scene.

Both eateries are mainstays on recruitment trips to Birmingham, with potential transplants regularly visiting the restaurants on visits to the Magic City.

Earlier this year, Hastings said it will take creativity to succeed in the current environment. He said social distancing measures have made the economics a challenge for many restaurants. “Restaurants are going to have to be nimble,” Hastings said. “They’ll have to be creative. You can’t wake up every day going, ‘We are just going to go to work and do everything exactly the same as we did before Covid-19, and we’re going to be just fine.’”

Those challenges are one factor that has driven changes like Birmingham’s shared spaces permit, which allowed restaurants to utilize parking areas and sidewalks for dining in many areas of the city.