BIRMINGHAM, Alabama— The Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse will use bold colors, architectural elements and outdoor seating to make its impact as the first tenant at the Uptown Entertainment District next to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
The design for the Dallas-based restaurant chain was unveiled for the first time at this morning’s Birmingham Design Review Committee meeting. The committee approved plans for the restaurant’s exterior design and sign plan.
Fred Keith, architect with A.G. Gaston Design, presented plans for the upscale Brazilian-style steakhouse. He said a wood and metal canopy will help highlight the restaurant’s space as it appears across from the new 294-room Westin Birmingham hotel.
The design shows a large patio on the side of the restaurant facing the Westin with another smaller outdoor seating area fronting Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard.
The 7,200-square-foot restaurant hopes to be a destination in its own right as well as draw from visitors to the BJCC and the neighboring Westin. After questioning specific elements of the design, the committee gave unanimous approval to the plans.
The committee also approved Commander Board Sign of Alabama's sign plan for the Octane coffee shop also planned for the Uptown development. It will be the coffee chain’s second Alabama location following the one that recently opened in Homewood. Bayer Properties is handling leasing for the $70 million Uptown.
In addition, the committee granted approval for a new sign for Sekisui Pacific Rim sushi restaurant in Five Points South at 1025 20th St. South while denying a building sign for Orbit Salon in Five Points South at 2030 11th Ave. South. The signage on the door for Orbit was approved, but the committee said the building’s owner needs to present a signage plan for all of its retail tenants rather than having them come in individually with disparate designs.
Both the Sekisui and Orbit proposals were presented by Wes Daniel of Daniel Sign.
A home in Forest Park also won approval to change a construction material from stucco to hardie board. The change, presented by Mark Steele, was to a previous plan for the home the committee approved at its May 8 meeting.