The City of Northport will welcome back a local favorite as Guthrie's is set to open a new restaurant there early next year, according to an announcement from City Councilman Jeff Hogg.

Hogg, who represents Northport's District 5 and co-chairs the city's Retail Development Committee, broke the news on his Facebook page early Friday morning.

"I am happy to report that Northport will be welcoming back a business that our residents have missed and asked about for the past couple of years," Hogg said. "Although we are in a pandemic and election season, your current Elected Officials continue to work closely with our local developers to grow our City in a positive way."

The original Northport Guthrie's on McFarland Boulevard closed down several years ago, and it has been an "aggressively" pursued wish list item by members of the community, Hogg said.

The new location will be built beside the Northport Civic Center, in the shopping center already set to house a Planet Fitness Gym and a Firehouse Subs. Hogg said he has always maintained that development will bring about new opportunities for the city.

We said that we would see a domino effect in this area of new businesses... [We] are very proud that Guthrie’s sees our potential for their next location.

Construction is set for later this year, and the restaurant is expected to open early 2021. For more updates on the development and other breaking news about restaurant and retail development in and around the Druid City, stay tuned to the Tuscaloosa Thread.

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