Former restaurant owner arrested after Alabaster wreck

Published 4:28 pm Monday, January 3, 2011

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The owner of several Birmingham-area restaurants was arrested Dec. 28, 2010 after he was involved in a wreck near the intersection of U.S. 31 and Interstate 65 in Alabaster, according to Shelby County Circuit Court records.

Arman Delorenz

Seventy-year-old Arman Delorenz was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of driving under the influence and one count of failure to inform authorities of a traffic accident.

Three days after he was arrested and incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail, Delorenz posted an $11,300 bond and was released.

According to court documents, Delorenz failed to notify police of an accident with damages near the intersection of I-65 and U.S. 31. As of Jan. 3, the Alabaster Police Department had not released any information about the wreck.

In the early 2000s, Delorenz owned several area restaurants, including the Prairie Fire Grille in Greystone, Original Joe’s in the Lee Branch shopping center, Brazil and Nonna Rose in Vestavia Hills and Crepes Egg Setera at the Summit. All of his former restaurants closed after he filed bankruptcy in 2005.

After filing bankruptcy, Delorenz worked at the FishLips Seafood and Grill off Data Drive in Hoover.