GRAYSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — The 2.2 acres of crumbled concrete and weeds across from the former site of Lowes in Graysville on Hwy. 78 could soon be home to a new event park, food pavilion and veterans memorial.
“It’s just now starting to come together,” Mayor Julio Davis said. “We’re 2.5 years in, and there’s going to be a lot of stuff that happens in Graysville in the next six months.”
Davis explained that this project really picked up when the Adamsville Forward Association started inquiring about bringing food trucks to the property.
Luis Delgado owns Birmingham-based restaurant, Miami Fusion Cafe. For the past five months, his food truck El Conquistador has been making stops in Graysville.
“The community is lacking businesses, food, and just places for them to come and have a good time,” Delgado said.
Davis and Delgado met after the city’s industrial board purchased the property. They hit it off and a partnership and plan to develop the property was born.
The first phase of the development will include bringing a meat-and-three diner to the property. It will be the first and only stand-alone restaurant in Graysville.
“We’re going to keep it like a South-a-rican,” Delgado joked. “We’re going to infuse the Caribbean Islands with the southern cuisine, but keep it Southern.”
Delgado said he will come to Graysville to train the chefs, but he wants to see local people employed there.
“It’s about growing from within the city,” he said.
Delgado also mentioned bringing a taproom and farmers market to the site. He calls the event plans a “community project.”
“We are asking the people of Graysville and the surrounding areas that want to donate or give to this project–no matter if it’s money or no matter if it’s time, we’re asking them to come and show up,” Delgado said.
Davis said the city’s industrial board has already given $50,000 to the project. Delgado said he will be matching that amount.
“So, let’s say that we are halfway there with the project of raising the money that we need,” he said, “but it’s close to a million dollar project that we’re doing with the minimal.”
Both Delgado and the mayor have plans for the project to expand to include a dog park, small amphitheater and food truck park. Davis explained that he has been friends with the family that originally owned the property.
“I’ve been trying to buy this property for this city since the day I took office,” Davis said.
As part of the negotiations, Davis said a memorial will also be constructed in honor of the original owner, John Thorton.
There will also be a special Veteran’s Memorial on the site. The couple behind the Adamsville Forward Association were instrumental in bringing American Legion Post 23 to the Graysville area. They said they will be working closely on the memorial that’s being planned for the area. You can learn more about Adamsville Forward on their Facebook page here.
Delgado said that he estimates the entire project will be completed within three or four years. He said that he is hoping to have the new restaurant open on the site by March.