Work on a Midtown building to house a Waffle House is underway.
The restaurant — which would be the only Waffle House in either Midtown or downtown were it operational today — will be located at 1510 Charlotte Ave.
Norcross, Georgia-based Mid-South Waffles Inc. owns the 0.39-acre property, having acquired it in December 2014 for $575,000. A small, nondescript building last home to a Cricket Wireless store is being gutted with workers on-site. Catty-corner from the property sits the building home to Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Cue.
According to a source familiar with the project and who asked to go unnamed, Mid-South Waffles is serving as its own general contractor. The building is being rehabbed and will see a small addition. An early 2019 opening is eyed, the source said.
The property sits within the city’s urban zoning overlay, which requires new buildings to be positioned at the sidewalk (so as to offer an urban form and function). Given the existing building is being adaptively reused, the UZO requirement will not be enforced.
Waffle House officials could not be reached for comment. Founded in 1955, the company operates more than 1,500 company and franchised restaurants. Each restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Somewhat relatedly, plans continue for a three-parcel Charlotte Avenue site adjacent to the Waffle House site and eyed for a TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel.
In June, the Post reported that, according to Metro records, Franklin-based Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. had applied for a permit — it was unclear as to the specific work being sought via the permit and the Post is seeking comment at press time — related to one of the properties, which is located at 1414 Charlotte Ave.
In addition to the 1414 site, the eight-story, 160-room TownePlace Suites (read more here) would sit on parcels at 1502 and 1508 Charlotte Ave. and owned by Chattanooga-based developer 3H Group Hotels.