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Restaurants & Hospitality

Birmingham, AL’s downtown, and surrounding metro area have seen an unprecedented resurgence in development since the downturn in the mid 2000s. As a result, the designers at Poole and Company have designed over two dozen food-related projects including bars, restaurants, catering and commercial kitchens, delis, supermarkets, and food stalls. 

Restaurants have five cylinders that must fire equally and in synchronicity at all times to be successful:

1. Serve a high-quality product,

2. Provide excellent service,

3. Be consistent, 

4. Be operationally efficient, 

5. and Provide a fantastic environment, one that allows the patron to suspend disbelief.


At Poole and Company Architects, we have the unique experience, skill, and knowledge to design all aspects of restaurants, resulting in all five cylinders firing for success. Many of our clients are first time restaurateurs whom are realizing their dream of restaurant ownership for the first time. We take their dream very seriously, the restaurant business is hard. We know what it takes to be successful because we have owned restaurants, worked in restaurants, and designed some of the most continuously successful restaurants in our city.

Featured Projects

Avine Wine Bar 

A partnership between Poole & Company and long-time Birmingham restaurant veterans, Gray & Ashley Maddox. Avine Wine Bar is the epitome of the wine, wine retail, and small plates scene in the 2nd Ave North District. Attention to detail was key in this 2,500 sqft restaurant and retail space, including all custom banquets and seating, bar, and 19' curved wine shelving with library ladder. Every piece of Avine was designed and coordinated with our engineering team, equipment vendors, and the owner's needs to create a stunning and highly efficient space.  

McFly's Bird Shoppe

Another collaboration with the LA-based JFall Group and Birmingham developer client Orchestra Partners at the 5 Points Lane development in Southside Birmingham. This new age chicken tender shop with an 80-‘s aesthetic and obvious “Back to the Future” movie reference, reminded those of us in our 50’s of our “campy” childhoods. The cost-conscious design budget allowed few key elements, 80’s floor vinyl advertising, neon signage, white tile, stainless steel, and white oak countertops set the overall 80’s diner/chicken takeout mashup vibe.