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What happened with the Waffle House on Front Street? Is it going to happen?

Ken Little
StarNews
The old Elks Temple building at 255 N. Front Street once housed the Soapbox bar. Soon it will be home to a Waffle House. StarNews file photo

The old Elks Temple building at 255 N. Front Street once housed the Soapbox Laundro-Lounge. Soon it will be home to a Waffle House. StarNews file photo

The Waffle House restaurant planned at 225 Front St. in downtown Wilmington “is looking at an early 2016 opening,” said Kelly Thrasher-Bruner, a spokeswoman for the Georgia-based breakfast eatery chain.

Thrasher-Bruner was unable to elaborate.

“I do not have a specific timetable for this location, however, we are projecting an early 2016 opening,” she said.

In 2014, plans were announced by Thomas Simpson of North Front Street Ventures to convert the former Soapbox Laundro-Lounge at 255 N. Front St. into a Waffle House location.

Another planned Waffle House location, at 1410 S. College Road, is scheduled to open later this year.

“At this time, we are projecting a mid-summer opening,” Thrasher-Bruner said.

The site is the former home of the Curry Valley Indian Bistro.

Waffle House currently has four restaurants within Wilmington city limits, 213 across North Carolina and 1,780 restaurants in 25 states.

“Most of the North Carolina locations are company-owned restaurants,” Thrasher-Bruner said.

The restaurant chain also has some franchise locations, primarily in the Charlotte area, she said.

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