A new restaurant is opening this week in the downtown area, all due to Dothan’s Downtown Revitalization.
You can see the smoke coming out of the chimney and smell it on the East side of Montgomery Highway, but it's not from the remnants of a house fire.
Instead, you can call it the smell that may be the beginning of downtown success.
It’s a new restaurant, Hook's Barbecue, next to the Houston County Administration building.
Tim Shirley, co-owner of Hook’s, says “Serving on the chamber board, I always wanted to promote Downtown Dothan and the Historical District and this location is located in the historical district.”
And this is the exact attitude that city and county officials say they want business owners to have when considering moving downtown.
More business means more economic growth and more economic growth means more opportunity for the city to do something with the eyesores that plague the area.
Cynthia Green, City of Dothan Public Affairs, says “Many departments in the city of Dothan are working together to get some of our dilapidated buildings down, so we can get that cleared up.”
Mark Culver, Houston County Commission Chairman, says “We're looking at several ideas for parking; there are some locations that we'd like to look at for potential parking."
But the chain restaurant isn't new. In fact, there are three other locations in Opp, Andalusia and Troy. With a 65 seat capacity, owners Phil Tew and Tim Shirley hope it fills up quickly.
Tew says “It's just good southern style, hometown bar-b-q. It's just an excellent project.”
The restaurant opens this Wednesday at 10:30 am for lunch and will close at 9 o' clock at night.