Monthly Archives: August 2015

Glory Bound Gyro Co. Opens Birmingham Location with Ribbon Cutting and Check Presentation

Unique food and giving back is what Glory Bound Gyro Co. is all about. Located at 101 20th Street South, the newest addition to the Glory Bound brand in Birmingham opened its doors for business on Tuesday, August 18th.

After hosting their “Eat Good, Give Back” soft opening fund raising event the weekend before, Glory Bound Gyro Co. and their nonprofit, Making Life Grand, were able to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Advocacy Center: Prescott House and Railroad Park. “Our Birmingham opening was a great experience,” said Sam McAlister, Marketing Director for Ain’t Life Grand Investments. “Everyone who dined with us over the weekend loved the “Eat Good Give Back” experience and were very excited to have Glory Bound as a new dining option in Birmingham.” Tuesday morning during the opening day ribbon cutting ceremony Glory Bound founders and staff presented a check to the Prescott House and Railroad Park in the amount of $4,179.24.

Founder Chris McDonald stated, “The Birmingham market has been great for our businesses. Both locations of Mugshots Grill & Bar thrive here and we’re so excited to introduce our Glory Bound brand and concept to Birmingham.”
“The future is bright.” said founder Will Taylor. “I believe this store will be a staple in downtown Birmingham. This is the first Glory Bound in Birmingham and I think our customers will love our unique concept from the gyros to the great environment we’ve created.”

About Glory Bound Gyro Company
The Glory Bound Gyro Co. concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009 with the vision of serving fresh ingredients and handcrafted menu items in a funky, fun filled environment. In their first year, they sold over 68,000 Gyros! Glory Bound now has four locations spanning three states.

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Ain’t Life Grand Investments Announces the Newest Glory Bound Gyro Co. location in Birmingham, AL

Ain’t Life Grand Investments, parent company of Mugshots Grill and Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill, announces the newest Glory Bound Gyro Co. location opening August 18th in Birmingham, AL. This opening will mark Glory Bound’s fourth location. The weekend of August 14-16, Glory Bound will host their “Eat Good, Give Back” fund-raising event. Proceeds from this three day event will be donated to the Child Advocacy Center: Prescott House and Railroad Park with a check presentation Tuesday morning before the company opens its doors to the public at 11:00am. Invites for this event will be distributed throughout the community as well as posted on all of Glory Bound’s social media outlets. All media and public are invited to the check presentation Tuesday, August 18th, at 10:30am. Glory Bound, a new age American concept with mediterranean influences, offers a number of craft hummus flavors, fresh chopped salads, and unique gyros.

“We are so humbled by the success we’ve had in the Birmingham market with our Mugshots brand.” said Co-Founder, Chris McDonald. “We can’t wait to see the response from introducing the Glory Bound concept to downtown Birmingham.” McDonald also stated.
“The emerging downtown area is taking off and being a part of the ongoing revitalization is exciting.” said Co-Founder, Will Taylor. “The partnerships we’ve formed with the Prescott House and Railroad Park have been great and we look forward to continuing our tradition of giving back to our local communities through our ‘Eat Good Give Back’ soft opening.” Taylor said in closing.

The Glory Bound Gyro Co – Birmingham location will seat approximately 120 guests with both inside and outside dining.
“The interior decor includes locally sourced reclaimed wood, white washed brick, and wooden bartop.” said Director of Grand Properties, Jason Warshauer. “Our General Contractor, Burton Mac, Inc. and Architect, Jeff Cahill did a great job creating a unique environment which I think complements downtown Birmingham and the Glory Bound brand.”

About Glory Bound Gyro Company
The Glory Bound Gyro Co. concept opened their first location in Hattiesburg, MS in 2009. Currently, Glory Bound has four locations across three states. Glory Bound is always interested in new opportunities and is slated for expansion in 2016.

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Glory Bound Gyro Co.

Making Life Grand Donates $23,123.94 to Children’s of Alabama and Camp Smile-A-Mile for Cancer Research

This morning Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Making Life Grand, and Project Team Taylor met representatives of Children’s of Alabama and Camp Smile-A-Mile at the newest location of Glory Bound Gyro Co. in downtown Birmingham, AL to present the check from the inaugural Project Team Taylor company wide giveback held at all locations of Mugshots Grill & Bar, Glory Bound Gyro Co., and Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill.

Project Team Taylor was created to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatment. 6 year old Taylor Rayburn, daughter of Allison and Cliff Rayburn, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ Tumor on April 27th, 2015 and received treatment at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL. June 11, Taylor’s birthday, will mark the day of our annual giveback to help fight cancer.

“The entire staff at Children’s couldn’t have been more gracious,” said Mugshots Tuscaloosa Franchisee, Cliff Rayburn. “The treatment, care, and confidence of the staff at Children’s made Taylor feel as comfortable as possible and our family felt as if we were a part of the Children’s family. This is when we realized that we had to do something as a company to give back to these organizations who are helping the fight against cancer.”

“Giving back, changing lives, and making a difference in communities is what Making Life Grand is all about.” said Founder of Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Chris McDonald. “It’s one thing to give back but when it’s a family member it makes it that much more special. One thing this giveback did for the whole company, that I wasn’t expecting, was show us just how much cancer is part of many people’s lives. We had visits from customers who were coming in to remember loved ones taken by cancer and also customers celebrating those who are cancer survivors.” McDonald also stated.

About Making Life Grand:
Making Life Grand is the nonprofit of Ain’t Life Grand Investments; the parent company to three of the South’s favorite restaurant concepts. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate. Our Mission at Ain’t Life Grand Investments: Love God. Love People. Go Change the World.