Work under way on Waffle House on Flat Shoals Parkway

Brenda Camp Yarbrough | , Jennifer Ffrench-Parker | 3/28/2014, 4:24 a.m.
Crews have begun grading the site for the 1,875-square-foot Waffle House going up next door to the Greater Travelers Rest Church in Decatur.

A Waffle House restaurant on Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur is finally taking shape.

Construction crews began grading the site at 4107 Flat Shoals Parkway on March 24.

It is next door to the Greater Travelers Rest Church.

Jolon Chadwick, Waffle House project manager for construction, said if the weather stays good, the 1,875-square-foot restaurant should open for business in June.

The construction permits were first issued in 2012 but the project languished.

Chadwick said they were working on other projects.

The building permit lists Virginia Thompson as the owner of the Flat Shoals location. When it opens, it will be first Waffle House on Flat Shoals Parkway.

Waffle House also has restaurants on Wesley Chapel Road, Candler Road, East College Avenue, and Covington Highway in Decatur and on Panola Road and Mall Parkway in Lithonia.

The chain, which opened its first 24-hour Waffle House restaurant at 2710 E. College Ave. in Avondale Estates in 1955, serves breakfast items – pancakes, hash browns, cheese and eggs, and bacon – all day. Nationwide, it operates 1,600 restaurants.

Since 1955, the company says its has served more than 877.4 million waffles and more than 1.3 million cups of coffee – and 341 strips of bacon every minute.

The Avondale location reopened in 2008 as the Waffle House Museu