In 2015 you couldn't move for new restaurants. Birmingham was teeming with them.
But as the city's big year drew to a close, it became apparent that 2016 would be no different.
Buoyed by increasing confidence in the city, restaurant and bar operators are rushing to stake their claim in Birmingham.
This year local independents will be competing for elbow room with larger operators eyeing Birmingham as the next city on their hitlist.
The Grand Hotel will be the 'Grand Central' of 2016, ushering in a new set of venues who had given the city a wide berth until now.
The trend for South American food will loom large, with new Argentinian and Brazilian spots likely to be open in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
And we haven't seen the last of street-food-goes-indoors.
More mobile traders will follow the example of Original Patty Men and secure a permanent location this year.
16 New Restaurants Birmingham will welcome in 2016
By that, we also mean bars, cafes etc. Anywhere to eat or drink...
The man who brought Birmingham its 4th Michelin star is about to move to a larger premises on Waterloo Street.
Adam Stokes specialises in expertly crafted, often molecular, gastronomy using traditional British flavours and ingredients in different ways.
The new venue opens on January 22 and is the permanent follow-up to the '2-year pop-up' on Bennett's Hill.
2. The Alchemist
Having tested the waters with The Botanist last year, the Living Ventures group is now bringing The Alchemist to Birmingham.
The glamorous chemistry-themed cocktail bar does a roaring trade in Manchester. Will Birmingham receive it as enthusiastically?
3. Anthony Demetre
The Birmingham chef has achieved multiple Michelin star success in London, and has decided the time is right to set up in Birmingham.
Anthony Demetre heads up Wild Honey and Arbutus in London.
4. Be at One
There will be a new cocktail bar at Piccadilly Arcade (next to the Burlington Arcade by the New Street entrance.
Be at One already operates across London and in Bath, Brighton and Reading.
Our sources reveal they are hitting up Birmingham in summer 2016.
5. Le Bistrot Pierre
Tuck into French cuisine when the Nottingham-based eatery takes over a Grade-II-listed canalside property on Gas Street.
The historic building will be the setting for Gallic prix-fixe lunches and a la carte menus.
6. Casanova's Kitchen
Birmingham doctor Luca Laghi is on a mission to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the former site of Love's Restaurant in Canal Square.
He's enlisting the services of Guido Mori, a chef haling from Tuscany. But the real secret weapon is _la mamma - _Luca's mom is flying in from Bologna to help manage the kitchen!
The latest is that we can expect a February or March opening.
CAU is not just an edgy spelling of cow; it stands for Carne Argentina Unica ('unique Argentinian meat').
Competition then, for Fiesta del Asado, currently the only spot in Birmingham serving Argentinian-style steaks and meats.
They will be at Three Brindleyplace, opening in autumn 2016.
Another Italian is coming to town, joining The Grand Hotel complex set to open on Colmore Row this year.
Gusto already has outlets in Scotland and the North, and is hoping to make its mark in Birmingham.
9. Harborne Kitchen
The Butcher's Social was a rough-and-ready wings joint in 2015 that was never meant to last long.
But the local chefs behind it soon gave into popular demand and extended their run right up until New Year's Eve.
But now they've closed doors in order to realise their original goal - a fully-fledged restaurant called Harborne Kitchen.
10. Park Regis Hotel
For too long a depressing hulk looming over Five Ways Island, the new
But £50 million is set to transform it into a luxury hotel with a glass-walled cocktail bar on the sixteenth floor.
There will, of course, be a restaurant as well. The hotel is taking bookings from March 2016.
With a tagline of 'urban cocktails, beer and beats', it could only be Digbeth for this new bar.
Set to open at the end of January, the spot will serve cocktails and craft beer, and have a street art theme.
12. Peel and Stone Community Bakery
The Soul Food Project, the company behind Peel and Stone bakery and The Church Inn, is planning to open a new bakery in Harborne in 2016.
The new project will be housed at the corner of High Street and Albert Road, in the historic district of Harborne in South Birmingham.
Described as a ‘community bakery', the company's forthcoming outing is still in the early planning stages, with no date set for opening.
The development of Colmore Row complex The Grand forced Primitivo bar to close temporarily.
But owners are taking the opportunity to revamp and expand, with the restaurant area set to almost double in size.
A grand opening is planned - stay tuned.
14. Viva Brasil
Viva Brazil will soon join the party, serving steaks and meats churrascaria-style (grilled and served to you at the table).
And two more in the pipeline...
We've been sworn to secrecy until the plans are final, but here are a couple of hints:
15. A much-loved Asian food restaurant (a local independent) is planning to open its very own cocktail bar.
16. One of Birmingham's most popular street food vendors is very close to opening a permanent restaurant.
More on both once things are finalised. Enjoy 2016!
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Posted by Ahmed Ahmed