5th & 20th

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This article is about the Birmingham district. For the district in Tuscaloosa, see The Strip (Tuscaloosa).
1977 advertisement for The Strip

5th & 20th, formerly known as The Strip or Restaurant Row, is a 2-story, 22,580 square-foot brick commercial building at 421-433 20th Street South, on the northeast corner of 5th Avenue South.

The building was constructed in 1920 and housed auto service and parts companies through the 1940s. It was renovated in 1959 and gradually evolved into an entertainment row of restaurants and nightclubs, dubbed "The Strip", especially after the Parliament House hotel opened across the street.

Tenants during the Strip's heyday in the 1970s included Michael's, Rossi's, Pat James' Lounge, and Emil's Cantina. Nearby clubs included Joe Namath's Restaurant and the Coalyard.

Later establishments in the strip have included Connie Kanakis', Ona's Music Room, Foxxy's Jazz Club and Pizza Hut. The property is owned by Anne Lamkin and Ellen Skipper, daughters of Oscar Dahlene Jr.

In 2017 LAH Real Estate announced plans to demolish the building and construct a 5-story, 60-unit apartment complex with a ground floor restaurant and parking above. Those plans did not move forward. In November 2019 LAH president Maurice Humphries and RGS Properties president Dick Schmalz announced a joint project to restore and preserve the 1920 building with retail on the ground floor and 18 apartments above. The apartments are managed as furnished short-term leases by Landing.



  • Poe, Kelly (August 9, 2017) "Restaurant, 60 apartments coming to Southside in $15 million mixed-use project." The Birmingham News
  • Van der Bijl, Hanno (November 21, 2019) "Southside building to be redeveloped for residential, retail space." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Byington, Pat (October 10, 2023) "Two new restaurants coming to Birmingham’s Southside, including first Qdoba." Bham Now