Monday, January 12, 2015

Attention Atlanta! Waffle House Plans to Have You "Covered" on Northside Drive

New Waffle House coming to Westside

Norcross-based Waffle House plans to open a new restaurant on Northside Drive.  The new Waffle House restaurant would open at 1099 Northside Drive, adjacent to McDonald's and across the street from the upcoming Chick-fil-A and the recently opened Cook-Out.  

The building Waffle House intends to occupy was most recently home to a used car dealership, United Motor Cars of Atlanta, but looks to have originally been a restaurant.  Interestingly enough, I had surmised this property was likely to see imminent redevelopment given the recent restaurant openings and plans around it.  

This new Waffle House would seem to be replacing the shuttered Waffle House at 1701 Northside Drive adjacent to the Days Inn, just off 1-75. Both the Days Inn and Waffle House closed over the summer and were demolished a short time later.    The two sites are about a mile apart, and obviously there are advantages to being near a hotel and off the highway but the new location should do quite well. 

Georgia Tech's campus is nearby, as are hundreds of recently built condos and apartments.  The opposite end of the Georgia Tech campus is already home to a Waffle House. A Waffle House opened in 2010 on 5th Street in Technology Square.  

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think all of these fast food restaurants will do great in that location, but from a planning and design standpoint, it is disheartening to see. This part of the westside is on the upswing and it would be nice to have some denser development without drive-throughs.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Why the hell are we not aspiring for better things in this corridor? I think Northside needs to have a lane of traffic converted to bike lanes and wider sidewalks. Northside should be a major possibility for future streetcar expansion. This is an important link between several intown neighborhoods - all of which are aspiring to better development than suburban-style fast food restaurants. I hate seeing these pop up on Northside almost as much as I hate to see them on Ponce. They're offensive.

The Doubtful Guest said...

Traffic on Northside right there is pretty bad, too. Turning left is not only impossible, but illegal. Will they change the lines to make it possible?

Anonymous said...

oh boy - here we go with the bike lanes and street cars again. Here's your answer: because McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A and Cook-Out pay money for property and are profitable enterprises, while bicycle lanes and street cars are money-losing governmental waste.
Someone owns these private properties and deserves to make money on the sale/lease of them. And the community is better off with businesses like these that have a chance at survival for many years.

Anonymous said...

Actually, if you use some longer-term thinking, upzoning this types of properties for high density development makes the property more valuable. Expanding transportation options allows more customers to have the opportunity to spend their money at these types of properties. Making this area more walkable/human-scaled will allow this area to prosper over the long term and less susceptible to the whims of the market. Private enterprise can benefit from public investment - it happens at large and small scales every minute of every day.

Anonymous said...

Turning traffic in this area is about to become a nightmare if it isn't already. Some center barriers, right-in right-out, and other traffic control methods are going to be needed.

They are doubling the curb cuts. Bad.

Anonymous said...

Twenty years ago I lived a couple of doors up from the McDonald's on Northside in a run-down shack on Hampton Street. It's been torn down since. I suspect all the pot-head Tech geeks in Home Park will love this (assuming they're still there).

Anonymous said...

Would be nice to see a real restaurant pop up instead of all this chain crap...

Anonymous said...

As a resident of Home Park, I actually would prefer suburban development over densification on this side of Northside. I think Home Park should remain full of odd, shabby houses for college students. I like Westside, but I'm afraid the new niceness along Howell Mill will creep eastward and alter the character and affordability of Home Park.

Matt said...

Why do I always seem to see the same few idiotic posts when it comes to Northside Drive. It is also US-41 so just remember this: The government will NEVER, EVER reduce lane capacity. EVER!

This area is still mostly suburban so hence the drive-throughs. Also, WF doesn't even have drive-throughs.

Also, people rarely care about what little aspect of our development one may find "offensive". Seriously, grow up and find reality.

GeorgeDiMaggio said...

Matt said...
"Why do I always seem to see the same few idiotic posts when it comes to Northside Drive. It is also US-41 so just remember this: The government will NEVER, EVER reduce lane capacity. EVER!"

Really? So the lane reductions on Ponce don't count? How about on 10th street, where they removed a lane for a cycle track? Or Decatur street near GSU where two lanes were removed for wider sidewalks? How about the lanes they're removing from Peachtree right now at the south end of Midtown? The city of Atlanta and GDOT both have multiple projects right here in Atlanta that reduced lane capacity. In fact, Northside Drive is one of the roads that the city of Atlanta has already specifically planned a road diet for in the "Connect Atlanta" plan.

Marcio Wilges said...

It's just a matter of time before Waffle House has all its furniture in there and starts business again! I'm looking forward to some sweet dessert treat soon!