Green Acres chain in Birmingham began in 1958 with four locations in Centerpoint, Irondale, Hueytown and Eastlake
Eagles Restaurant opened in 1951 and fed the demonstrators during the Children’s Crusade.

The more than 330,000 African-Americans in the Birmingham region spend $500 million on food, $175 million on out of home spending, according to Say Grace and Wipe Yo’ Hands: BlackRestaurant.NET Guide to America’s Black Restaurants.