Big changes are underway! 26 is closed with plans to open a similarly casual oyster bar in the spirit of a classic public house.

The 9-year-old 26 served its last dinner on Saturday, March 21, 2015, and the transformation of the space began immediately. Working with local builder, Brian Tyson, Reis envisions a restaurant appointed in reclaimed wood and warm, comfortable tones.

“I’m still working on the name, but I do know this new restaurant will be a combination of two styles—an oyster bar and pub—giving us the platform to create this amazing raw bar serving a variety of fresh, Gulf-coast and Chesapeake Bay-area oysters alongside high-quality, locally sourced food that’s so popular in gastropubs all over the world,” said Reis. “Like we had at 26, the new restaurant will be a relaxed gathering spot that’s perfect for locals. I want that and our longtime customers want that too.”

In keeping the with the pub (short for public house) tradition, Reis plans to offer a wide selection of craft beers, including those brewed in Alabama as well as other ales and lagers from around the country. The bar menu will also feature keg-style wines on tap.

The new oyster bar and pub is slated to open in May. Join us on Facebook ( and Instagram (26Birmingham) for updates and details to come!