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A new look for Hazel’s

When co-owners Beth Hussey and Emmele Herrold opened Hazel’s in 2018 they couldn’t have predicted that the restaurant would shift its full focus to become the fresh-caught in-season seafood spot it is today. Herrold and Hussey took another step toward reflecting their restaurant’s true experience by investing in a major renovation project which took place in mid-February. As for the changes, the restaurant’s front grotto on Birmingham’s Peabody Street remains fully intact, but the interior entryway has been reconstructed to feature an airlock – necessary to better warm the space during these colder months – as well as coastal-inspired details. The small bodega that once greeted guests upon arrival has been removed to make way for a more seamless seafood restaurant experience. Hazel’s hostess stand has been moved farther along the hall and against the entry’s north wall. The entire airlock is clad in copper and portholes salvaged from actual ships will adorn the entry. Some portholes peer into Hazel’s vast kitchen. Others are backed with shadowboxes to create coastal scenes. “It’s going to feel more like a seafood restaurant for sure,” said Hussey. “The staff is so excited. It’s going to be an impactful change. Not only will the renovation aid in creating a warmer, more insulated interior, it will provide a more cohesive and memorable experience for guests at Hazel’s.” 1 Peabody Street, Birmingham.


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