Jimmy Watson

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Jimmy Watson

Jimmy Watson (born c. 1949 in Talladega, died March 4, 2014 in Birmingham) was the owner of the Garage Café.

Watson, the third of four brothers, owned a string of restaurants and bars. He opened the Midnight Voice in the early 1970s, but closed down shortly afterward and moved to Texas. After returning to Birmingham. He and his brother opened the bar at The Garages on 10th Terrace South in February 1994.

Watson also organized the annual Garage Café Beach Party for his staff and friends, the Tuesday after Labor Day at Pandora’s Steak House in Grayton Beach, Florida.

Watson died from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision on I-65 north of Montgomery in March 2014.


  • Allen, Libby (February 16, 2011) "The Garage" Exodus magazine
  • Whitmire, Kyle (March 5, 2014) "Hardheaded and softhearted, Garage Cafe proprietor Jimmy Watson made a mark on Birmingham." The Birmingham News