The Morrie, a restaurant featuring roadhouse-style cuisine and live music, opened in mid-August in downtown Birmingham. The first location is in Royal Oak.
The 7,952-square-foot restaurant, designed by Birmingham’s Biddison Architecture and Design, is located at 260 N. Old Woodward in the Palladium Building.
“Birmingham’s dining scene has been asking for a concept that offers both great value and something for everyone,” says Aaron F. Belen, owner of AFB Hospitality Group, which owns and operates the restaurant. “Our goal was to create something truly unique, and we feel our newest location in Birmingham hits that mark.”
A full-time baker produces the breads, rolls, and pizza dough at The Morrie, and soups are created with house-made stock. Many of the signature dishes from the Royal Oak location, including the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, fresh roasted chicken, the Morrie burger, and roadhouse ribs are available. Also, there is a broader selection of seafood and vegetarian options.
A comprehensive selection of wine and spirits is available, as well as 12 beers on tap and cocktails.
Up to 214 guests can be seated in the restaurant, which includes a 33-seat bar and an outdoor patio with capacity for up to 16. The patio can be closed off for private events.
A private dining room can accommodate 36 guests and includes full audiovisual capabilities and noise control. A 48-inch raised stage located above and behind the bar can be seen from anywhere in the restaurant, and the audiovisual system in the main restaurant offers five 80-inch screens.
Kobie Solomon, a mixed media artist, was commissioned to design and paint murals in the building similar to those at the Royal Oak location.
Live entertainment is scheduled regularly, with the house band Your Generation in Concert performing each month.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midnight Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
The AFB Hospitality Group also owns and operates Bistro 82, a French-inspired modern restaurant, and SCL, a lounge and nightclub, both located in downtown Royal Oak.