Florence Foodies Are Raving About YUMM

YUMM WOWS Florence Foodies at June Event
By Dave Reasons at brownbagreview.com

“On a somewhat humid spring evening in June, a group of hungry Florence Foodies took over the sidewalk dining area at YUMM Thai Sushi for an evening of fun, food, and drink. The Foodie event had been sold out for several weeks and we were all speculating as to what Chef Paul Visuthikosol would prepare this time to surprise and tantalize our taste buds with. The previous Foodie event held at YUMM was the talk of the town for several weeks, and everyone was raving on how creative and delicious the different courses were. Could Chef Paul stand the heat in the kitchen and come through again? We were anxious to find out.”

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Florence Foodies at Yumm August 13th

Florence Foodies will meet at Yumm Thai Sushi and Beyond on August 13th – and tickets for the event sold out within fifteen minutes. Chef Paul has planned a special evening with items that are not currently on the menu, and artist Tommy Mathis will paint live during the evening, and those two events were enough to make the phones ring and tickets go for the event.

“This is a record for Florence Foodies,” said Teryl Shields, Executive Director of Florence Main Street, the organization that created Florence Foodies. “We’ve never had an event sell this quickly, and I think it’s because the people who know Yumm know that this will be special…and those who have never been there have heard so much about it. We think it’s going to be a great evening!”

The next Florence Foodies event is planned for September. Check here for photos from the event in August!

In the Press: Dining options expand in city

Originally published by Times Daily.

Two new restaurants have opened in Florence in the past week, and another, which has been open less than a year, has added sidewalk seating at its downtown location.

Yumm Sushi and Beyond, on North Court Street, won approval recently from the City Council to place tables and chairs in a fenced area on the sidewalk. That marks a first in downtown, and others could join the trend.

“I think it is a very progressive move for the city of Florence,” said City Council President Dick Jordan, whose district includes the downtown business area. “It is very attractive and offers patrons an alternative when the weather permits. It follows what a lot of other metropolitan cities are doing.”

There is a practical side to sidewalk seating, too, he said.

“Outside dining gives restaurants additional seating that provides additional revenue for the restaurant as well as for the city,” he said. “I also think it makes downtown more pedestrian friendly. I hope other restaurants downtown will follow suit.”

The Gyro Shop on Tuscaloosa Street is now open, serving Greek sandwiches as well as Middle Eastern favorites such as stuffed grape leaves and hummus. The shop offers gyros three ways: traditional lamb, beef and chicken. For now, it is a carry-out only shop.

Sam’s Sports Grill opened Tuesday on Seville Street in the former Demos’ Restaurant site.

Al Thomas, one of the partners, said the Florence location is the fourth sports grill they have opened under the Sam’s name. The others are in the Nashville area.

He said the menu has some favorites from the former Princeton’s restaurant that he once helped manage in Florence.

“Pizza is one of the most popular things we have,” Thomas said. “Sam’s is one of the few restaurants in this area where you can sit down and have a pizza and a draft beer.”

Thomas and his partners also are renovating Dale’s Steak House on Mitchell Boulevard, one of the landmark restaurants in the Shoals.

“We are remodeling throughout the building,” he said. “We will now have a salad bar. The seasoning for the steaks will remain the same, but we will offer a dry rub seasoning for those who don’t want the liquid Dale’s sauce.”

Thomas said Dale’s should reopen in mid-June.