Giuseppe’s Cafe is OPEN, perfectly timed for the World Games [PHOTOS]
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Giuseppe’s Cafe is OPEN, perfectly timed for the World Games [PHOTOS]

Giuseppe’s founder, Joe Williams. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

In a phenomenally timed feat, Glen Iris’ beloved Giuseppe’s Cafe is back and better than ever, just as Birmingham welcomes the world to the 2022 World Games (TWG 2022). With four venues for TWG 2022 right next to the restaurant, we know they’ll be busy in the days and decades to come. Keep reading for all the details.

4 sites for the TWG 2022 are right next to Giuseppe

Saint Elijah Maronite Catholic Church
St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church is an iconic landmark in Glen Iris, just across from Bessie Estell Park. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

They are:

The restaurant is also minutes from all downtown TWG 2022 venues.

Discover the newly renovated Giuseppe’s Cafe

It makes me so hungry. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

On May 20, Giuseppe closed for renovations, but reassured his loyal fans on social media that they would be back. Now that they’ve reopened, we went to check it out.

Giuseppe Cafe’s has been a Birmingham favorite for almost 20 years

double rainbow over Giuseppe's Cafe
A double St. Patrick’s Day rainbow over Giuseppe’s Cafe. (Guiseppe’s Café / Facebook)

According to their website, Giuseppe’s opened in 2002, just around the corner from UAB and “near the heart of the city.” Founder Joe Williams came from Seattle and made Birmingham his home. People come for the food and come back for the community and the hospitality.

Fun fact: most of the staff have been there since the restaurant’s inception, and they, along with the small dining room, make everyone feel like family.

Giuseppe’s is one of the best places to go in The Magic City for Italian food, with calzones, pizzas and pastas you’ll remember long after you’ve eaten them. It’s also a regular on our restaurant list with over 95 food service ratings.

Mark your calendar now – they will celebrate their 20th anniversary in September 2022.

Know before you go

Giuseppe's Café reopens
They are baaaaack! (Giuseppe’s Cafe / Facebook)

Location: 925 8th St S, Birmingham, AL 35206
Call: 205.324.2626—for take-out orders, catering quotes, reservations (after World Games) or wait times
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To note: we called to verify and the hours posted above are, in fact, correct. They are slightly different from what is shown on the website. Also, online ordering is temporarily suspended while they rework their system, so you must call for takeout.

They have a cozy and intimate indoor space, with a small waiting room, as well as three tables outside. If you have a long wait, there are two bars next door that will also make your company happy:

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