Our Story

The Concept

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.

The Building

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.







Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Bar open nightly: 4 p.m. – late night