Ezekiel Hameen

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Ezekiel Hameen (born August 8, 1935) is a former restaurateur.

Hameen's first restaurant was Your Fish Box at 509 17th Street North in the 1970s. He later opened La'Vase Fine Foods on 4th Avenue North in the Civil Rights District, and Jabbo's. His children took over La'Vase after his wife, Barbara's death and renamed it Miss B's in her honor.

Hameen remarried, to the former Carolyn Bolivar in 2006. Together they opened Z's Restaurant at 104 17th Street North in August 2008.

The couple was forced to close Z's during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Hameen continued to bake his famed vanilla bean pies for catering orders.


  • O'Quinn, Kristina (January 1, 2018) "Small Business Monday – spotlight on Z’s Restaurant." Bham Now
  • Stuart, Shauna (May 2, 2020) "‘It’s a tough business’; Z’s Restaurant closes in Birmingham, but legacy lives on." The Birmingham News
  • Ho, Justin (Jan 20, 2021) "After closing their doors, restaurant owners ask, 'What's next?'" Marketplace.