Former bank in Alabama becomes modern café

The building was originally built in 1955.

March 20, 2018 |
The old bank compared to the new cafe

A two-story former Regions and First National Bank building is getting a second life as a modern café in Montgomery, Ala. Vintage Hospitality Group owns the building and spearheaded the transformation.

As part of the renovation, the bank building’s terrazzo floors were refurbished and the teller window was transformed into a drive thru. Repurposed safety deposit boxes were used along the front of the counter as an homage to the building’s original function.

Other elements of the bank can be seen in the new café in a bakery display case made from bulletproof glass, a working camera in the height chart by the entrance, the depository box, and the original metal vault gate.

The second floor mezzanine overlooks the entrance and is next to a private room that is available for daytime meeting and parties or receptions and cocktail parties at night. New tables were built out of heart pine from a Fitzpatrick, Ala., barn that was built circa 1875.

Laura Dockery Design was the interior designer and R.F. Pruett Construction was the general contractor.

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