Market is one of several new restaurants on the horizon for dwtn Birmingham

The managers of downtown Birmingham’s Luxe Bar & Grill, which has forged itself as a comfy but high-end go-to spot for outstanding burgers, are moving on to another culinary endeavor in town.

Market, a Mediterranean-style bistro with a wood-fired oven and outdoor seating, could open by August, says John Heiney, executive director of the city’s Principal Shopping District. Market will be located at 474 N. Old Woodward, across from Booth Park, at the former Root & Sprout.

Joe and Kristin Bongiovanni will own and operate the establishment, which is one of several to receive a liquor license under a loosened state law that doles out more licenses to cities trying to promote business start-ups and expansions.

The owners of Market and Luxe are also behind the restaurant chain, Salvatore Scallopini.

Heiney says visitors to downtown Birmingham will find several new restaurants this spring and summer, including many with outdoor seating and new concepts.

Source: John Heiney, executive director, Birmingham Principal Shopping Distrcit
Writer: Kim North Shine