Birmingham City Council approves funding agreement with P.A.C.E. Board to open new Michael’s restaurant at Negro Southern League Museum
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday July 3, 2018
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL— The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved a funding agreement with the Public Athletic, Cultural, and Entertainment Facilities Board (PACE) to provide $1.5 million and additional in-kind services to support the build-out process for a new restaurant to open at the Negro Southern League Museum.
Michael’s Steak and Seafood will occupy the space in the museum as well as the rooftop bar that overlooks Regions Field. The projected opening date is to be determined, but officials say the restaurant will be completed six months after construction begins.
“This is a historical day in Birmingham,” Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson said gleefully. “It’s a breakthrough in order to take the next steps to fulfill dreams and visions for those who have historically not had these opportunities. I know the owners and I am excited to see a well-known entity which is going to compliment the Negro Southern League Museum and will serve everybody.”
In May, five members were appointed to the PACE board — which had previously not been active — with the expressed intent to distribute the funds that have now been allocated for the construction of a new restaurant space.
Bernadine Birdsong, co-owner of Michael’s Steak and Seafood, said she was extremely excited following the vote to approve the funding agreement. The process of trying to open the restaurant in the Negro Southern League Museum has lasted over a year, dating back to the previous administration, Birdsong explained after the vote.
“I do feel like a part of history,” Birdsong said. “When we started talking to the last administration about funds that might be available to a business like us, we couldn’t find anyone in our circle who received funding. They’re not giving me the money. They’re building out their own building and I get to take advantage of that. More things like this need to happen so the community feels counted, like they are represented.”
This press release is a collaborative contribution from Interim Director of Public Information Chiara Perry and Public Information Officer Cody Owens in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For media inquiries please contact Chiara Perry at 205.383.8432.