Completed in 1912 by the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railroad Company, this historic building was L&N’s passenger station from 1912 through the 1940s, was used as a Trailways bus station between 1950 and 1967, and fell into disrepair during the late 1960s and into the 1970s. During that time, it was vandalized and stripped, but was saved in 1978 by a group of investors who renovated it and opened a restaurant and bar called HaddaCall Station. Legend has it they chose that name because they “hadda call it something.” Several restaurants, bars, and a music venue occupied the space over the next couple of decades, including J.R.’s Crystal Palace in the early 80s—complete with mechanical bull—and Hooterville Restaurant in 1983. In the mid-80s, it was the Old L&N Club, a private music venue and bar. When that closed, the building was vacant and the city of Tuscaloosa used the parking lot. Between 1992 and 2005, more restaurants and bars came and went, and in 2005 Bill Lloyd made it a private event facility and catering operation. After ten years, Lloyd decided the time was right to turn it into a restaurant. After a seven-month renovation—the first major renovation since the 1970s—the old train station received new life as 301 Bistro, Bar, and Beer Garden.
With 301, Lloyd and his wife, Bebe, honor the building’s history and have tried to maintain its architectural integrity. Even after everything the space has been through, the original mosaic tile floors are still here and have an incomparable grand, aged beauty. In addition, the gasolier in one of the dining rooms is original to the building. It was wired for electricity many decades ago, and is one of a few of its kind in existence.
Nearly every day, we hear wonderful stories from both locals and former residents about the old train station and how it is woven into the fabric of their lives. It is truly a Tuscaloosa landmark, and we are thrilled to give it new life and help make more memories.
301 is family-owned and operated. Owner Bill Lloyd and his son, Christopher, who is General Manager, have more than 50 years combined experience in the restaurant, bar, and hospitality business. Chef Trent Shattuck brings a wealth of creativity and passion to our bistro as he creates weekly seasonal specials to complement our signature dishes. And our wine, craft cocktail, and beer menus were carefully and expertly created by Jet Fousse, a New Orleans native who has for many years served as Tasting Room Manager for NOLA’s iconic annual Tales of the Cocktail. Several of our hand-crafted cocktails are her personal creations, including one of our most popular drinks, the Gypsy Rose Lee.
Join us for good food, craft cocktails and an unforgettable night!
301 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
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Phone: (205) 764-1395
Mon-Thu: 4pm to 10pm
Fri-Sat: 4pm to 11pm
Sun: 11am to 9:30pm