Hildegard's German Cuisine Photo: City of Athens/Holly Hollman

ATHENS, Ala. – Downtown Athens is welcoming a German restaurant that Eric and Amy Miller plan to open next year on Marion Street.

The couple owns Hildegard’s German Cuisine in Huntsville. They purchased the former Diesel and Lola building across from the Limestone County Courthouse and are renovating for a Hildegard’s in Athens.

The couple said they plan to expose the original brick, wooden floors and ceilings.

“We want to restore it and make it a showcase,” Amy Miller said.

Athens Main Street Executive Director Tere Richardson shares her excitement of a new restaurant coming to downtown Athens.

“We are thrilled to have Hildegard’s coming to Downtown Athens. The historic property they have purchased will be a perfect spot for another fine restaurant addition to the Square,” said Richardson.

They want to add back the three original windows on the third floor, paint the exterior, create room for some outdoor dining and utilize the first and second floor for the restaurant. The first floor would be for dining and the second floor would be a lounge area. The third floor might serve as a loft apartment.

The couple said the Athens restaurant will offer the same menu as the Huntsville restaurant.

“We will be rotating in specials such as a German burger or other dishes Athenians may crave,” Amy Miller said. Plans are to serve lunch and dinner. The couple hopes to open by March or April 2020. They plan to include outdoor street-side dining in their renovation.

Information is released through a partnership with Athens Main Street, City of Athens, and the City of Athens One Stop Shop.