The All Steak is getting back to its ground-level roots, and owner Matt Heim said one of Cullman’s oldest restaurants should be opening back up at its new location by the end of next week.

Now stationed on Third Avenue SE, just a few blocks east of the old site in the upper floors of the Cullman Savings Bank building, the new All Steak aims to be a trendy, downtown dinner and lunch stop. Heim noted its a nod to the restaurant’s simpler days, when it first opened on a ground-level store front in Cullman.

The new design features high ceilings, exposed brick walls, a separate bar area and mahogany tables. Much of the brick and wood trim was salvaged from older buildings damaged during the April 2011 tornadoes.

“The atmosphere is going to be totally different,” Heim said. “A lot of the menu will stay the same, but it will be a little smaller and we’ll be making some changes to the dinner menu.”

Construction crews are working long hours to put the finishing touches on the property, while Heim and his staff continue to relocate everything from equipment to tables from the old location.

Heim said he believes the new version of the All Steak will hopefully be able to draw a more diverse crowd, while still offering event hosting and catering services locals have come to expect.

The new main entrance leads into the dining area, while the connected bar section will have its own entrance on the other side of the building. The restaurant will also offer two event rooms with private and general entrances.

The new banquet facility will hold approximately 130 people. The main dining room will seat approximately 150 people, not including the 30-40 person full bar section.

The restaurant will use street access and an adjacent reservoir lot for parking.

This will mark the first time the All Steak has been able to sell alcohol, as the old lease did not allow sales at the bank building. Heim said he believes it will be a great addition to the restaurant’s menu and help the restaurant take on a new role in the city’s night life.

Regardless of the move, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce President Leah Bolin said she believes the new All Steak will continue to be an integral part of the city’s small business family.

“Even before my time with the Chamber, I was working behind the scenes to make sure the All Steak remained not only in Cullman, but also centrally located to the community,” she said. “It has been a mainstay for over 50 years and we’re thrilled with the prospects of the new location and event facilities they’ll be offering. We’re so excited this great Cullman tradition will remain a Cullman tradition.”

* Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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