Alabaster Waffle House closes, company planning new location

The Alabaster Waffle House location on U.S. 31 near Interstate 65 has permanently closed its doors, and the company is looking for a new location in the city. (File)

The Alabaster Waffle House location on U.S. 31 near Interstate 65 has permanently closed its doors, and the company is looking for a new location in the city. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Waffle House on U.S. 31 south near Interstate 65 in Alabaster has closed, and the company is “actively looking” for a new location in the area, according to the restaurant’s district manager.

In late July, William Johns, Waffle House’s district manager for the area, announced the company had closed the Alabaster location for multiple reasons. He said the building was “in need of major upgrades or repairs,” and said the company decided to seek a new Alabaster location rather than renovate the old building.

Johns also said the old building was difficult to access, especially for drivers traveling north on U.S. 31, and said the old building offered limited parking.

“We are actively looking for a new location on the other side of the interstate, and will reopen ASAP,” Johns posted on the Alabaster Citizens Community Board Facebook page, noting the restaurant’s locations in Pelham and Calera are still open. “The staff from Alabaster was split up between these two locations.”

Johns said the company has not yet finalized a location for a new Alabaster restaurant.