Central, located in the heart of Montgomery’s Downtown entertainment district, is a true American restaurant highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. Utilizing fresh Gulf seafood, local meats, greens and more, Central offers a unique approach to comforting classics. This locally owned gem offers wood-fired dishes in an 1890’s warehouse space boasting exposed brick, flickering gas lanterns and a bustling open kitchen. In the main dining room, 16 foot ceilings, spectacular overhead lighting, a central bar comprised of reclaimed wood all overlook Montgomery’s downtown alley. Central is located at 129 Coosa Street and serves lunch 5 days a week and dinner 6 nights a week. For reservations and more information, call 334.517.1155.Central is owned by a proud Montgomerian Jerry Kyser who helped develop the Alley Entertainment District into a premier destination for tourist and local patrons alike.
In the mid 1890’s, the firm Schloss and Kahn, prosperous wholesale grocers and liquor dealers who occupied what is now the Alden Jones Building, constructed a warehouse on Coosa Street less than a block from the freight depots of the major railroads. Like the art conscious Italian merchants they sought to emulate, Schloss and Kahn felt the need to ornament even a back street warehouse. The arched doors and windows have simple, but well-defined moldings similar to those on Union Station giving relief to the otherwise smooth surface. The façade is somewhat divided into three units at the second floor level by two statuary niches with gracefully draped terra cotta goddesses who overlook the bustle and activity beneath them. The team behind Central has proudly restored and repaired the structural integrity of this historic building.
Today, diners can enjoy one-of-a-kind design elements pulled from the warehouse throughout the space. Original heart of pine, harvested in the late 1800’s for the warehouse’s tongue and groove floor, make up the riddling rack wine wall. The original giant pine beams form the tabletops, while the warehouse’s brick is exposed throughout. We hope you enjoy, and appreciate, this piece of Montgomery’s history as much as we do.
Executive Chef, Brandon Burleson's cooking style is influenced by the bold flavors from New Orleans to the Caribbean, the availability of fresh gulf seafood, and the traditional southern dishes he grew up to love. He will truly bring a unique twist to the American classics. His innovative creations featuring sustainable seafood and local produce and meats meld together to create Chef Brandon’s signature Gulf Rim flavors.
Born and raised in Georgiana, AL, Brandon is a proud graduate of Auburn University with a degree Hotel & Restaurant Management. He started his culinary career at the The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center followed by an Executive Sous Chef position at the renowned Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. While there, Brandon was responsible for overseeing four restaurants and a banquet/conference facility spanning nearly 50,000 square feet. Prior to coming to Central, he returned to Auburn University for the opportunity to once again work alongside his good friend Chef Leonardo Maurelli, III.
Chef Brandon has represented Alabama across the country competing in the National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge and taking home top honors. Following this win, Chef Brandon competed in the World Food Championship held in Las Vegas where he placed in the Top 10 at the World Seafood Championship competing against chefs from over 37 states and 8 different countries. That same year, Brandon was recognized by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance as a Finalist for Chef of the Year. He recently served as guest chef for Auburn University’s International Quality of Life Awards Banquet at the United Nations in New York, NY. We are excited he will now be representing Central Restaurant and Montgomery, AL wherever his next culinary venture takes him.
Chef Brandon is an avid supporter of local farmers, cheese makers, beer makers and artisans. Alongside his passion for cooking, is working with high school and college culinary programs with a goal to not only enhance their culinary skills but also to showcase Alabama as a viable option to live, work and contribute to the ever growing dining scene. We are excited to have Brandon as our Executive Chef and are confident he will continue to elevate the dining experience at Central and become a great addition to the community.
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Bar open nightly: 4 p.m. – late night