‘Wing House’ to move downtownPublished 11:59pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Alabama Wing House closed its location on Lindberg Street on Saturday, in order to move into a new location on Main Street.
Restaurant owner Ronnie Cloud said the restaurant was moved to the old Whistle Stop Grill building downtown in order to cut down on overhead. In addition, his company had leased the Lindberg Street building and has an agreement in place to purchase the new location on Main Street.
“We want to be downtown,” Cloud said. “It has so much more atmosphere. We want to make it a fun place.”
Work has been going on this week in both buildings during the move. Cloud said the restaurant’s new building needed work done to the roof and other areas before it was ready for the move.
“We’ve done a ton of work and it’s still not done,” Cloud said.
Monday afternoon he was busy helping to clear out the old location after starting the restaurant there almost five years ago.
“It’s a whole lot easier moving in than moving out,” he said.
Despite the move and its associated expenses, Cloud said he didn’t have to let go of a single employee.
“We didn’t let anybody go and we don’t expect a decline,” he said.
In addition, the move means a change to six days a week down the road, adding a Monday service and slight tweaks to the menu to offer a to-go service for quicker lunches.
Cloud hopes to open either Thursday, or Saturday evening for the kickoffs of college football games. The restaurant will be open five days a week at first in its new location from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, as well as 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.