BERLIN, Ala. – The town of Berlin was incorporated in 2018, becoming the 12th municipality in Cullman County. The community of Berlin has existed as long as, if not longer than, most Cullman communities and is centered around Walker’s Corner USA which is the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and County 747. The town is approximately 5 miles east of Cullman.
The Berlin Quick Stop is where many in the community come for breakfast and to get what they need to start their days. Owner Mike Hays, aka Mad Dog Mike, is always thinking of ways to better serve the community. Founder of Mad Dog Mike’s BBQ, located inside the Quick Stop, Hays’ barbecue is cooked on site. If you stop in, the barbecue cheese fries are a must try.
The popular breakfast and lunch destination has recently added a selection of cookies and cakes baked by Hays’ mother, Carolyn Hays, and is hoping to expand to offer made-to-order breakfast.
When asked about Berlin, Mike Hays said jokingly, “Well, I’m not sure where the suburbs of Berlin starts, but I believe we are standing in the metropolitan area.”
Frank Walker stopped by the Berlin Quick Stop and sat down for a few minutes. Walker’s family built the Walkers Corner name that most associate with the town of Berlin.
He said, “I was born and raised here. I went to Berlin School that was where the community center is now. My grandpa had a store on top of the hill but moved Walkers Corner to (Hwy.) 278 later. We built the building across the street in 1970. We sold hardware and farm equipment.”
Of Berlin, Walker said, “I just like being here.”
He is optimistic about Berlin’s future now that it is an incorporated municipality.
“In the long run, I think it will be a good thing. Maybe the town will be able to buy some land and add a park for the kids, a walking trail or storm shelters, but that’s in the future. I’m sure they are working on it. We are getting our part now (referring to tax revenue).”