UNION — The new Waffle House could be open by early February despite weather that has turned the work site into a sea of mud.
In January 2013, Jeff Cole, vice president of Real Estate for Waffle House, Inc., announced that Union would be the site of one of the 70 new restaurants the Norcross, Ga.-based chain would be opening across its service area. Cole said the decision to locate the restaurant in Union grew out of suggestions from the management of its Greenville and Spartanburg restaurants. He said the company had been looking at Union for several years and waiting for the right location.
That location is 519 N. Duncan Bypass, Union, in front of Walmart and the construction was continuing this week despite workers and equipment having to slog through the mud caused by recent heavy rains.
“We’d be further along if not for the mud,” Mike Blue, Construction Superintendent for Waffle House, said Wednesday.
Despite the mud, Blue said plans are to have the restaurant completed by the end of the month. He said if that happens then the restaurant could be open by early February.
“We’re working to get the lot finished grade and to asphalt by the 27th,” Blue said. “We’re trying to turn the store over to operations the 30th of January depending on the weather. Then it will open about a week later after we turn the store over to operations.”
When it opens, the Waffle House will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving Union County residents as well as tourists, travelers and other visitors the opportunity to dine at their convenience.
In announcing his company’s plans, Cole said the restaurant’s menu will feature a wide selection of items for breakfast — eggs, waffles, hash browns, omelets, bacon, and sausage — lunch — angus burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches — and dinner — pork chops, t-bone steaks and ribeye steaks — all of which can be ordered by a customer any time they want them.
The employees who will be serving those menu items have been undergoing training at USC Union which has allowed Waffle House to use its auditorium for training sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Training sessions on Tuesdays cover paperwork, address sexual harassment and discrimination issues, and E-Verify which confirms employees are eligible to work in the United States. The training sessions on Wednesdays employees learned how to call out orders and write tickets.
In addition to their training at USC Union, employees have also been visiting other local Waffle Houses to get used to calling out orders to the grill operators and to practice ticket writing.
When open the restaurant will employ 40-60 people.
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