December 8, 2021

Nashville-Based Epice Coming to The Hardwick


By Angel Coker, Birmingham Business Journal

An upcoming mixed-use redevelopment along the Rotary Trail has secured a restaurant out of Tennessee.

Epice, a Lebanese bistro from Siege Hospitality in Nashville, will open its first Alabama location at The Hardwick, an adaptive-reuse project in the Automotive Historic District currently being developed by Bayer Properties.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The restaurant, which will take 2,800 square feet on the front corner of the development facing First Avenue South, is expected to open early summer 2023 with plans to hire 20 to 30 full- and part-time workers.

Bayer said father-son duo Maher and Andrew Fawaz, who run Epice, chose Birmingham for a second location because the city gave them the charm and feel of Old Europe, and The Hardwick best embodied that historic and endearing character.

The restaurant offers traditional Lebanese dishes with a modern, up-to-date presentation of natural elements including wood and stone.

The Hardwick will offer 62,000 square feet of build-to-suit Class A office space along with three ground-level retail and restaurant spaces. The $24 million project will transform the building that was once the home of a fabricated and prefabricated steel-processing plant.

Learn more about The Hardwick here.