It all started in 1981, Bob Baumhower, the All-American from the University of Alabama and six time All-Pro for the Miami Dolphins, decided to share his foodie passion and bring chicken wings to Alabama. What better place to lay the foundation for the next chapter in life than his old college stomping grounds? Baumhower’s first restaurant opened in Tuscaloosa, AL.
The concept, which began as a counter service restaurant, grew exponentially over the next seven years to a four-unit chain of full service restaurants ranging from 2,000 – 3,500 square feet. In 1992 the first current prototype restaurant opened in Birmingham, AL. This restaurant was 6,000 sq. feet, featuring an athletic décor and 17 televisions. The plan was to build sales to around $2 million annually; the first years’ sales were $2,500,000. Baumhower’s hunch about a need for quality food, top-notch service and a unique dining experience in a fun atmosphere was confirmed. Over the next five years, the original four Wings outlets were closed and five of the prototype restaurants were developed. With sales exceeding continuously exceeding expectations the concept has gained critical acclaim as one of the best casual restaurants in Alabama.
Fast forward to 2012. Following a name change from Wings to Baumhower’s Restaurant in order to embrace the comprehensive and expansive menu featured at each restaurant, there are now nine Baumhower’s Restaurants in Alabama. Spanning from the Gulf Coast to the top of the state, Alabama residents have embraced Baumhower’s as one of the top dining experiences in the state. One of the most popular and unique dishes, the Hot Bama Brown, is even featured on the List of 100 Things to Eat in Alabama Before You Die. From its inception Baumhower’s has been synonymous with sports, fun times and quality food.
It is the constant goal of all Baumhower’s locations to have the food to be the best it can be. This is achieved using fresh, local ingredients, creating sauces and other key ingredients, a growing menu that follows the latest food trends and one of the most organized and technologically advanced kitchens in the industry. It is the aspiration of each and every employee to provide the highest quality food, excellent, unrivaled service and an overall enjoyable and pleasant experience for each and every guest.