Heroes

Located in Weaver and themed around the military and first responders, Heroes American Grille sports an American flag mural on its side.

Heroes American Grille, the bar and restaurant that led the city of Weaver to expand its borders, is closed — for now.

“Closed temporarily,” owner Marc Spaulding wrote in a text message to The Anniston Star. “Will be back open in the near future.”

The restaurant, on Alabama 21 between Anniston and Jacksonville, often pulls in a parking lot full of customers. This week, though, the lot has been empty. A message on the restaurant’s answering machine says it will reopen soon “under new management.”

Spaulding, in text messages to The Star, said Thursday that his health forced him to step back from the restaurant.

“Life is too short and I have not had much of a life the past nine years,” he wrote.

Heroes opened in 2009, on the site of a former sports bar called the Sports Nut. Themed around the military and first responders, the restaurant sports an American flag mural on its side, and it was often a stop for trainees from the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the Department of Homeland Security’s training center at McClellan.

In 2013, the city of Weaver annexed the pub — and approved Sunday alcohol sales. Both moves were linked, part of a plan to bring more tax revenue into the city.

Mayor Wayne Willis said the revenues from Heroes lived up to the city’s expectations.

“It’s not financial,” Willis said of the reasons for the pub’s closure. Willis said he’d been in contact with Spaulding about the closure. He said he believed Spaulding was looking for a way to keep the restaurant open.

“I think he’s looking for a partner, or hoping to sell it,” he said.

Spaulding declined comment when asked if he had a buyer or partner in mind.

“No more comments,” he wrote in a text. “Rest remains private!”

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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