Huntsville Restaurant Week 2018—Ten Tasty Days Of Deals!

Over the past year, the Huntsville/Madison area has introduced several new and unique concepts to its culinary scene. We’ve seen many trends from large cities join the market and the list is only growing.

Without stepping foot outside the city limits, you can taste cuisine from all over the globe! Whether you’re looking for poke, chicken curry, tacos, or bratwurst, Huntsville has you covered.

Welcome, Huntsville Restaurant Week 2018!

Every year, as part of the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, the Rocket City shines a spotlight on its many outstanding local eateries by encouraging patrons to enjoy tastings, discounts, and exclusive events throughout the week at participating restaurants.

Self-proclaimed foodies can experience all kinds of dishes—from messy fare served on paper plates to exotic ingredients delivered with fine cutlery and wine. The options are endless, which is why the city dedicates this time to exploring local grub.

This year, the event is taking place from August 10th-19th!

More than 50 restaurants are participating this year, which means you have a lot of eating ahead of you if you want to experience it all. In addition to the stellar food, several breweries are crafting special brews in celebration as well.

You can also win prizes throughout the event by showing off your meals on social media and using the hashtag #DineHsv! So get to sharing! 

What deals are available?

Participating restaurants have been asked to offer at least one of these specially priced menu options:

  • Lunch Specials– $10 or $15 featuring two courses
  • Dinner Specials– $10, $20, $30, and $40 with three courses
  • Bonus Bites– This category features establishments that will give discounts on desserts, appetizers, or smaller bites

 Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and available deals.

In the spirit of Restaurant Week, we visited a few places to see what they are cooking up for guests this year!

Purveyor

If there’s one restaurant that’s making huge waves in the culinary industry it’s Purveyor in Downtown Huntsville. Featured by Alabama News Center, this fine-dining spot is ideal for date nights, special occasions, and a great place to unwind at the end of the day.

The atmosphere invites you in with comfortable booths and perfectly placed dinnerware. Looking at the menu alone will get your mouth watering. And during this year’s Restaurant Week, the chef is serving some very special made-from-scratch dishes.

There are two $40 three-course dinner options to choose from. (Specials are subject to change due to availability, so keep checking back on the official Huntsville Restaurant Week website to get the latest options.)

At Sonoma Shoppe, a wine and cheese shop connected to Purveyor, patrons can have fun with a $12 grab-and-go option that includes a sandwich or salad, plus two sides, and a bag of chips and a cookie. It’s a perfect chance to take your goodies to the park and have a nice, leisurely picnic.

On our recent trip to Purveyor, we were able to try some other incredible dishes that we highly recommend.

You can begin your experience by starting with the Summer Salad. It’s a fusion of heirloom tomatoes, fresh watermelon, strawberries, sunflower seeds, feta, smoked chili, blood oranges, and maracuya vinaigrette. This salad is essentially summer on a plate, and the flavors of the fruit and cheese complement one another perfectly. With each bite, you will taste something different—a new combination of ingredients. But you’ll have to save room for another course.

Without a doubt, the Lobster Fried Avocado is a must-try dish this season. The chef has concocted an entrée that includes Maine lobster, a four-cheese filling, cilantro crema, and heirloom pico de gallo. It’s literally bursting with creamy avocado and melted cheeses. The fried shell makes this earthy dish complete with its slightly crunchy texture.

One of the favorites at Purveyor is called the “Silly Rabbit,” and everyone is raving about it. It includes rabbit stuffed to the brim with house-made chorizo sausage, sautéed heart of palm, sundried tomatoes, fennel, and spinach sauce. It lives up to the hype and will introduce you to new tastes you may not have experienced before.

Believe it or not, Purveyor also excels when it comes to burgers. The Olde Fashioned Burger combines American Kobe beef, aged cheddar cheese, pecan-smoked bacon, shishito pepper aioli, and traditional fixings on a brioche bun. You’ll also get a side of house-made Peruvian potato chips.

And no meal is complete at Purveyor without the perfect drink. We recommend “The Bird and the Bees”, “Upper Case”, or “The Silk Road”. Ask your server which one will pair best with your desired entrée.

Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro

Mason Dixon is well known for its ability to create amazing dishes that also happen to be gluten-free. This is great news for people who have special dietary needs and still want to enjoy the fun that is Restaurant Week.

This year, the team will be serving up two delicious options for $15:

Patrons can choose the Meatloaf Melt sandwich made with bacon jam, crispy tobacco onions, and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bun.

Or, you can go with the light and tasty Shrimp Avocado Salad that offers remoulade-tossed shrimp, charred red onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and a honey-sherry vinaigrette on a bed of local mixed greens.  Both of these options come with your choice of a cupcake for dessert. You really can’t go wrong!

We sampled the Shrimp Avocado Salad and savored every bite. The remoulade sauce packs a punch and makes the salad extra creamy and appetizing. And after getting in all of your garden-fresh greens, a cupcake is the perfect way to end your meal.

Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza – Campus 805

If you are one of the few people who have yet to visit Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza, what are you waiting for? The restaurant prides itself on using fresh ingredients, making pizza dough in-house, and using cooking/preparation methods that bring out the best in pizza, calzones, salads, and even ice cream!

For Restaurant Week, you can choose a $15 lunch option or a $30 dinner option. Here’s what you get:

$15 Lunch – Small Porkalicious, Favorite, Greenstreet, or PMS pizza, along with a salad and a drink.

$30 Dinner – Large Porkalicious, Favorite, Greenstreet, or PMS pizza, two salads, and two scoops of regular ice cream.

This spot is perfect if you have a large group who wants to make the most of the week’s tasty deals. It’s located in Yellowhammer Brewing so you’ll have quick access to some awesome local brews that pair with your pizza. Try the “Summer Bock,” a brew made specifically for restaurant week that is a German-style golden lager!

So if you’re searching for pizza made by experts, you’ll want to head over the Earth & Stone. Every slice is packed with tasty toppings!

Honest Coffee Roasters

Located at The Garage at Clinton Row, Honest Coffee Roasters serves up a full menu of specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options. Aside from its cappuccinos and iced Cubans, Honest’s açaí bowls have been a major hit among locals and visitors alike. That’s why they have created a brand new bowl and coffee drink for guests to indulge in for Restaurant Week.

Honest is part of the “bonus bites” category so you can purchase these items as a pair for $10.

Guests can grab a Peanut Butter Mocha that includes peanut butter, honey, condensed milk, and mocha sauce—delicious!

The new bowl is called the Curious George bowl, and those who have had a sneak preview said it’s their favorite so far. Try it yourself and taste the bananas, grapes, apples, Craisins, cacao nibs, peanut butter, and local honey all atop the açaí sorbet and granola.

Honest is also doing a special event for Restaurant Week!

Undercover Coffee—Scavenger Hunt will be taking place August 10th-12th. The coffee roaster will be hiding ten bags of its retail beans throughout Downtown Huntsville at different public locations for people to find and keep.

Some of the bags even have gift cards attached, and there are instructions on the back for how to redeem one free drink!

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the eateries that are participating this year. Which restaurants are YOU most excited to try during Huntsville Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments!

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Finding The Perfect Restaurant Space—What To Discuss With Your Broker

In today’s world of retail commercial real estate, few things get more buzz than a new and exciting restaurant concept. When we ask what people would like to see in a particular property or development, the vast majority of requests and comments are for restaurants. So this got us thinking, what do restaurateurs need to look for and consider when deciding on the best property to lease or purchase for their new concept?

At Crunkleton, we’ve helped a number of clients reach their goals of opening a successful restaurant. Here are a few things your broker needs to discuss with you before beginning the search for the perfect piece of property:

Concept & Clientele

The first thing we need to examine is your concept, who your customers are, and when they will be coming to visit. Is your concept open for all three meals of the day or just dinner? What will your busiest time of day be? Knowing your projected peak hours will help you determine if you need to be situated near a large daytime/work population or an area with a more active evening population.

You may also need to consider how commuter traffic affects your desired location. Do you need to capture the crowd heading to work during the morning hours? Or will you get more business after work hours? Determining these factors first will narrow down the areas that need to be considered, making your search more efficient while eliminating areas that wouldn’t be suitable.

We also need to consider local zoning laws. If you serve alcohol, then we need to make sure we search in the correct zoning district and may need to be a certain distance from protected uses, such as schools and churches.

Size & Special Features

Next, let’s determine what size space you need and if you require any special features such as a drive-thru or outdoor patio. One of the biggest factors in the success of a restaurant will be occupancy costs. Essentially, this is how much it costs you to occupy the space in relation to your sales volume. A space too large will drive up your occupancy costs by leaving you to pay rent on empty tables that aren’t producing sales. A space too small may limit the number of customers you can serve, therefore driving up occupancy costs by not producing enough sales to cover your expenses. Finding the appropriate size space is critical to long-term success.

These added features (like the patio or drive-thru) may be beneficial to your business and drive more customer traffic. Properties with these features generally cost more to lease or purchase, but the increased costs may be worth it in the long run.

Parking & Accessibility

Another important factor to consider is parking and accessibility. Like we mentioned previously, these factors will largely be determined by your concept. A lunch-focused restaurant may need to be more concerned with parking and convenience than a sit-down dinner concept. If your patrons will be pressed for time, having an abundance of parking close to the front door may be important.

Are you a quick-serve breakfast concept? Then you may want to be located on the “going-to-work” side of the road so customers can easily swing in and out during their morning commute and don’t have to waste time crossing traffic or waiting on a light to change.

Condition

Lastly, let’s talk about the condition of the space we need to be looking for during our search. Can you handle the initial build-out of the restaurant or do we need to find a space that has previously been a restaurant? Restaurant spaces have requirements that may not be in place in some of the properties we find, such as grease traps, vent hoods, adequate HVAC, etc.

Finding spaces that already have these features installed can certainly save time and money when it comes to build-out and getting open, but may be difficult to find and costlier to lease or purchase. Part of a broker’s job is knowing the market well enough to expedite your search and introduce you to spaces that fit your needs when it come to these necessities.

Obviously saving that time and money on build-out would be nice, but don’t let your decision on the final location be driven by the fact that the space is a second-generation restaurant space. We’ve put this last on the list because we believe from our experience that the other factors are more important to the long-term success of a restaurant than saving some money during the build-out.

Are you searching for the perfect restaurant space? Be sure to check out our full list of available restaurant spaces here.

And give us a call at 256-536-8809, or email us at info@crunkletonassociates.com. Our retail brokers would be happy to help you with your search and answer any questions you have.

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Originally from Tennessee, Zac studied business management at Samford University. After moving to Huntsville in 2001, Zac started out his career in banking, wealth management, and financial planning. In 2010 he joined Crunkleton and has since become the VP of Leasing for the commercial real estate group where he focuses on retail leasing and development.

The Cuban Café Is Coming To Promenade Point Shopping Center!

A brand-new local eatery will soon bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba to the Madison/Huntsville area! Join us in welcoming The Cuban Café to the Promenade Point shopping center at 5510 Promenade Point Parkway.

Utilizing the culinary savvy of Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue and the entrepreneurial spirit of her husband Andy Ysalgue, The Cuban Café will be a vibrant spot where guests can experience authentic Cuban culture and cuisine.

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue: Co-owner & Operating Manager; Andy Ysalgue: Co-owner

“We are happy to announce that lovers of traditional Cuban dishes in the Madison/Huntsville area will soon have a great option to enjoy close by,” said Andy, co-owner of The Cuban Café. “There’s going to be something to satisfy every one of your senses, and we can’t wait to open our doors and deliver a memorable experience.”

The Cuban Café will serve guests six days a week and is tentatively scheduled to open in early August of this year. The hours will be:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday – 11am-9pm

Bold, Fresh Flavors in Every Bite

What makes The Cuban Café unique? According to Jessi, operating manager and co-owner, it’s the years of training in the restaurant industry, authenticity, and soul that goes into every dish.

“This is the way I was taught to cook as a child, so I have been making these dishes all my life,” explained Jessi. “There’s something so special about Cuban food and the way it makes you feel. Cilantro, garlic, peppers—you can taste every ingredient and appreciate what it brings to the meal.”

For years, Jessi and Andy had the dream of opening a café that served the fresh and bold flavors they grew up with. And now, Jessi is inviting others to discover the delight of Cuban cuisine.

“We will, of course, have a traditional Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, pickles, and swiss,” assured Jessi. “It’s one of our favorites and we are thrilled to serve it alongside other types of sandwiches and many other menu items including ropa vieja, picadillo, and much more.”

Ropa vieja is Jessi’s favorite dish to eat when visiting family in Miami. She explained that the name of the dish translates to “old clothes” in Spanish, a term that describes the look of the meat once it’s prepared.

“It’s a beef stew that includes meat shredded like old clothes,” she laughed. “It has meat, veggies, red sauce, and spices. When it’s homemade, the flavor will almost smack you in the face. It’s delicious.”

There will also be plenty of desserts to choose from on The Cuban Café menu, like Jessi’s famous flan.

“It’s the best flan I’ve ever had in my life,” complimented Andy. “We beg her to make it for every family event—they are never complete without it. I know guests are going to love it.”

The future home of The Cuban Cafe!

 Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of Cuba

Homemade fare isn’t the only reason to visit The Cuban Café—there’s much more to experience. For instance, there will be a decorated patio where patrons can smoke cigars and sip a craft cocktail while listening to the smooth sounds of drums, guitars, bongos, and trumpets playing in the background. Latin music will play an important role in the overall atmosphere.

“We want The Cuban Café to be more than a place you drop by for a good meal, although it will be that,” clarified Andy. “Our patio will be one of the most comfortable spots in the café. We want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like they are in Cuba or Miami. We keep using the word ‘authentic’, but that’s really what we are going for. Sharing these parts of the Cuban culture is something that’s special to us.”

Andy also shared that live music may be at the café during special occasions and events.

“Grab a mojito or a Cuban sandwich and hang with us for awhile,” invited Jessi. “We are a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we are just around the corner for all of our Madison customers.”

In the End, It’s About the People

For Jessi, nothing excites her more than opening the doors and getting to know her guests.

“We’ve wanted to bring this café to life for years,” shared Jessi. “So we have put a lot of planning and hard work into making sure it’s exactly what we envisioned. You can find Cuban sandwiches in many places—and they are all delicious. But we wanted to share them with traditional ingredients, prepared in a way that stood the test of time in our own family. We love Madison and Huntsville, and we are eager to open so they can try our recipes.”

Jessi and Andy have been part of the Madison/Huntsville community for 10 years. After one visit, the couple immediately fell in love with the area and decided it was the perfect place to raise a family.

“The first time we visited ten years ago, we had 70-degree weather, a tornado, and snow flurries all within four days,” joked Andy. “We love the colors and the seasons here, but more than anything we love the people and the family atmosphere.”

The duo also mentioned the growth of the area and said they hope the new café will be a player in the continuing progress of the city.

“We wanted to create a place that brings the community together to enjoy great food and fun,” said Jessi. “Madison and Huntsville have some amazing restaurants—we eat at them frequently. We are honored to soon be a part of such a diverse, quality group of restaurateurs.”

“Our roots are in Miami, but we have made Madison our home,” said Jessi. “This is a way for us to invite our friends to experience something they may not have had the chance to experience before. Whether you’re coming to grab a bite, hang out at the bar, or relax on our patio, we want you to leave feeling refreshed, happy, and—of course—full of comforting Cuban cooking.”

To learn more about The Cuban Café and to get updates on its opening, be sure to like them on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; “There’s something so comforting about traditional Cuban cooking…” – Jessi Ysalgue

Have you tried Cuban food before? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!

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Construction Update: 117 Clinton Avenue!

Downtown Huntsville is evolving day-by-day, and we are always excited to share some of the progress that’s happening behind closed doors.

In February, we announced that the historic 117 Clinton Avenue building would undergo a major renovation and transform into Clinton Row’s next retail or dining experience. Construction crews have been hard at work, and the property has already taken on a new look inside.

Several walls have been removed, opening up the space and setting the stage for a truly unique shop or restaurant. A new rustic vibe has been introduced with the exposure of brick walls. And any built-in shelves, desks, and other décor from the property’s days as an office are gone.

Of course, this is just the beginning of the transformation! There’s a lot of construction still on the way. Here are some before and after images of the project so far.

BEFORE.

AFTER.

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AFTER.

117 Clinton will be a unique, urban atmosphere for its next tenant and be situated near many of Downtown’s major hot spots like The Garage at Clinton Row, the Clinton Row Shops, The Avenue retail shops, and the recently announced 106 Jefferson: A Curio Collection by Hilton boutique hotel.

If you’re interested in leasing this incredible space, contact us by email at info@crunkletonassociates.com or call us at 256-536-8809. Find the listing for this property here.

Be sure to stay tuned to our blog as we share more updates on 117 Clinton!

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