Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant nearing completion

Construction of the new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant is nearing completion.

PELL CITY -- Buffalo Wild Wings officials said they plan to open the new restaurant in Pell City the first Monday in November.

“The construction got delayed about one week,” said Tim Spencer, the area director for Buffalo Wild Wings.

The target date to open is Monday, Nov. 7. The new restaurant is on Vaughn Lane, across from The Home Depot. The restaurant will seat 310 people inside and have additional seating on the patio.

Sean O’Brien, general manager for the new restaurant, said company officials expect to hire 80 employees for the facility.

“I opened the Gardendale store, so I got one under my belt,” he said. “I’m excited.”

He said officials will begin the hiring process Oct. 10.

“It’s a three-week process,” Spencer said.

Initially, officials were going to try and have the restaurant open for the race week.

“But, we chose not to,” Spencer said. “If we did not open by Oct. 10, we were going to wait until after the races.”

He said officials needed time to properly train the new employees for a large race crowd.

“I think this is a really big plus for Pell City,” Mayor Joe Funderburg said. “This is really going to be our first full-fledged sports bar.”

While the new facility will have a bar, Spencer said Buffalo Wild Wings is more of a family restaurant, adding that only about 20 percent of its sales come from alcohol.

“We thrive on family business,” he said. “We aren’t a late-night bar business.”

The restaurant will have a fully stocked bar with beer, liquor and wine.

“We’re glad to see you in Pell City and (are) happy y'all are here,” Funderburg told the men at Monday’s council work session, which was held prior to the council meeting.

The council approved Buffalo Wild Wings’ request for an on-premise retail liquor license during the meeting.

Spencer said the corporate office would not have allowed company officials to open a restaurant in Pell City without the seven-day alcohol sales that voters approved last year.

Spencer said the restaurant will have a stadium feel with 70 television sets. It will have high top and low top tables, and areas of the restaurant are separated by petitions. Certain areas of the restaurant will have carpet; other will have tile.

Spencer said Buffalo Wild Wings has a variety of foods on its menu.

It will, of course, have a variety of chicken wings and plenty of appetizers to choose from. The restaurant also offers salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers.

“We’re actually going to open with a new burger on the menu,” Spencer said.