Visit Wayback Burgers At Waddell Plaza—Open Now!

Huntsvillians that live and work around the Research Park area have a new lunch and dinner spot thanks to the opening of Wayback Burgers at Waddell Plaza! Last week, the eatery officially opened to crowds of excited customers who were ready to get a taste of the delicious burgers, milkshakes, fries, and sides on Wayback’s menu.

Home to Smoothie King, Mei Wei, and Jersey Mikes, Waddell Plaza has become a popular dining spot. Wayback is the latest restaurant to open and Wingstop plans to open later this year.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on is always using the freshest, never-frozen beef,” said Patrick Conlin, Senior Vice President of the Wayback franchise. “We’re an old-time burger joint with variety—we serve everything from hand-breaded chicken breast sandwiches and tenders to housemade chips and hotdogs. It’s a quality product within an affordable environment, and we want every visit to be memorable for adults and children alike.”

The new restaurant is Wayback’s first location in Alabama, although the franchise has 132 locations in the United States and seven international sites.

“We also have 20 additional locations that are under construction in the United States,” said Patrick.

Photo credit: Wayback Burgers

According to Wayback, they are one of the world’s fastest growing burger franchises, and it’s no wonder why. The restaurant offers delectable menu items, seasonal goodies, and a famous challenge that takes place every year on National Cheeseburger Day.

The Triple Triple Challenge—Can you do it?

Nine patties, nine slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a bun—that’s the infamous Triple Triple Challenge at Wayback. And you can be a part of it this year!

Photo credit: Wayback Burgers

If you have an iron stomach and think you can devour this monstrous burger, you could end up $3,330 richer! Every year, the contestant who finishes the burger in the fastest time nationally wins the prize money and bragging rights for a full year. But be warned, the fastest time on record is a mere 38.95 seconds completed by Molly Schuyler of California.

“This year, the contest will take place on Monday, September 18th,” said Patrick. “We encourage everyone to come try. Just remember that you must be at least 16 years old to participate.”

Think you can win, Rocket City?

Seasonal goodies—Pumpkin Spice Milkshake!

Wayback’s hand-dipped milkshakes are something you simply can’t miss on your visit. With flavors like classic vanilla, café mocha, Oreo Mud Pie and more, there’s something that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

But, as we are all aware, pumpkin spice season is upon us. And Wayback is pumped about serving the most popular flavor of the fall.

Pumpkin Spice fanatics can get their hands on the burger joint’s seasonal milkshake starting September 15th. It’s only available for a limited time, so put on your favorite fall sweater, grab your milkshake, and leisurely watch the leaves change. Sounds nice, right?

It’s not all about the burgers.

The one thing you’ll find at Wayback is variety. Although they have several choices of signature burgers, they also serve chicken, turkey, cod, hotdogs, and vegetarian options. So everyone in your group should be able to find something to fit their taste.

“Satisfying our customers is our number one priority,” said Patrick. “Part of that is offering several options. There is also plenty of room to customize your order with additional toppings and sauces.”

And the sides are plentiful! Instead of having to choose between fries or onion rings (which are on the menu), customers also get the choice of mac and cheese bites, housemade chips, chili, and even Irish nachos. Of course, there are also salads if you’re wanting a lighter selection.

Online ordering program.

If you’re in a hurry and need food fast, Wayback can help you out. The franchise rolled out their online ordering program for patrons to make their selections ahead of time and have the food ready for pickup upon their arrival.

“It’s a fast-paced world and not everyone has time to stop in for lunch,” said Patrick. “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice a quality meal. Our online ordering program lets customers skip the line and have their order ready when they need it.”

Just visit Wayback’s website to make your order.

Photo credit: Wayback Burgers

Enjoy, Huntsville!

“We are very excited to bring Wayback’s fresh taste to Huntsville, and the state of Alabama,” said Patrick. “If you’re looking to shake up your lunch or dinner, visit us soon. We’d love to serve you.”

 Have you visited Wayback yet? Think you can complete the Triple Triple Challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

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Welcome “Oshi Poké Bowl and Sushi” As The Avenue’s Next Tenant!

Have you heard of poké? If you’ve been on social media within the past year, you’ve probably seen a few pictures of poké (pronounced POH-keh) bowls show up in your Instagram feed. But if not, you’re about to find out all about the latest culinary trend because it’s coming to Downtown Huntsville in November!

“In Japanese, ‘oshi’ (oishii) means great taste,” said Min Liu, main operator of Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi‘s Huntsville location. “We have watched the trend spread from the west coast and beyond in the restaurant industry and we realized the concept works well. One of the best features of the poké bowl is that everything is customizable and countless combinations of flavors and textures can be experienced.”

Oshi will be open from 11 am – 9 pm, Monday through Sunday!

As the concept of poké spread, Min, Chef Jackie Chang, Tom Huang, and Paul Liu—the dream team behind Oshi—decided to expand their gastronomic horizons and offer the same high-quality ingredients they were accustomed to working with within a more casual dining atmosphere.

“Poké is a dish that originated in Hawaii and has grown in popularity because larger markets embraced the concept,” said Min. “The bowls typically include fresh seafood, vegetables, sauce, and seasoning. At Oshi, customers will be able to select their desired protein, veggies, and seasonings to create a one-of-a-kind meal.”

So whether you’re a tuna fan, love crab meat, or prefer mango and squid ink rice, Oshi will be able to cater to your needs. The selections are extensive and they are all sourced from the freshest sustainable sushi-grade fish.

Oshi plans to work with local Huntsville breweries to provide a craft beer selection. Wine and sake will also be available for purchase.

A 2,362 square foot space, Oshi will showcase recipes from Min’s uncle, award-winning Chef Jackie Chang. Jackie began his culinary career in 1992 and has since offered his skills to multiple high-profile restaurants, including Umi Sushi and O-Ku Sushi in Atlanta.

Originally from South Korea, Jackie moved from the island of Jeju to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent the next year learning English. He later perfected his skills in hibachi-style cooking and delivered meals that married great food with an exceptional culinary art form.

“My uncle Jackie is a genuinely nice guy with a lot of enthusiasm for what he’s accomplishing,” explained Min. “He began his career by taking over one of my mother’s restaurants and has used his incredible work ethic and showmanship to be picked up by some of the most renowned restaurants in the Atlanta area.”

Photo credit: Oshi Poke Bowl & Sushi

Tom Huang will also bring his experience and expertise to the table with his history in restaurant ownership and operation. As the Founder of the popular Chin Chin restaurants, he is well known throughout the restaurant community as an innovative game changer with more than 20 Chinese restaurant locations in the southeast area.

With the recipes from Jackie and the help from his associates, Oshi will offer high-end dining in a more relaxed setting.

“In fact, we plan to have the aesthetics of the space match the commitment we have to providing the freshest, high-grade food possible,” said Min.

The look and feel of Oshi will take on a “modern minimalist” design with mainly black and white décor, wood accents, hints of green, and clean, simple plants dispersed throughout. Min said the idea is to emphasize the simplicity and quality of the available fare.

Anusha Alapati, Crunkleton broker and leasing agent for The Avenue, was excited from the get-go at the prospect of bringing Oshi to life in Huntsville.

“When I discovered this group of restaurateurs in Atlanta, I knew immediately that Oshi’s healthier options and modern minimalist ambiance were something Huntsville would embrace,” said Anusha. “I think this is especially true in the downtown area where cuisine is increasing in diversity and quality.”

While Oshi will open its first Alabama-based restaurant at The Avenue, Min said they plan to open the restaurant’s first site in Alpharetta, Georgia by October. However, Huntsville has always been in the plan for the team due to its growth and overall enthusiasm for eclectic dining.

“We are thrilled to have Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi open its first restaurant in the state of Alabama at The Avenue,” said Sasha Sealy, co-developer of The Avenue. “It is a great addition not only to our development but also to Downtown Huntsville. It’s a new dining option that mirrors what you would typically see in urban, mixed-use developments in larger cities like Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago.”

As for Min, he had one more thing to share.

“Huntsville is growing rapidly and it’s evident that this city appreciates great food,” said Min. “We plan to give our patrons the restaurant experience they deserve. For me, working in this business is a way of life. Eating is essential, but you can make it an experience—a memory. That’s what we want to do at Oshi. We want to make sure you can’t wait until your next visit.”

Visit https://www.facebook.com/OshiPokeAvenue/ to learn more. And stay tuned to our blog for updates about the opening of this new, exciting restaurant!

Have you tried a poké bowl before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Construction Update: The Avenue

Recently, we announced the addition of three new tenants that will join Church Street Purveyor at The Avenue in Downtown Huntsville—Scout & Molly’s Boutique, Soda Jerk, and Zoom Indoor Cycling. We wanted to give you a quick update on the progress of these exciting businesses coming to the Rocket City.

Scout & Molly’s construction is mostly finished and owner Lori Mullins announced via Facebook on July 27th that the shop would be opening within 30 days! We can’t wait to see the beautiful inventory that will soon be on the shelves.

Be sure to follow Scout & Molly’s Downtown Huntsville location on Facebook and Instagram to get additional updates on the opening!

Church Street Purveyor has a gorgeous space with intricate architecture and stunning details already coming together. The restaurant will offer a unique dining experience where you can take your food and wine pairings to the next level. Church Street Purveyor is scheduled to open mid to late September.

Construction at Zoom Indoor Cycling is moving along fast. It’s going to be a wonderfully built fitness space with spa-grade amenities and plenty of room for high-energy, exhilarating classes. Owners Justin and Cara Goodman said they plan to have a soft-opening in September. Be sure to join Zoom’s mailing list to lock in pre-opening rates, which will be their lowest ever! Check out Zoom Huntsville’s official website where you can subscribe to opening updates and more.

One more update:

  • Soda Jerk is a new eatery created by restaurateur Tom Sheffer that will offer quintessential American fare and a selection of craft beer, cocktails, and wines. As construction moves forward, we will continue to give updates on when you can get your hands on this delectable food made with uptown ingredients and a downtown vibe.

Remember, we still have a few spaces left! If you’re a retail business that’s interested in joining the shops at The Avenue, contact Wesley Crunkleton or Anusha Alapati to take the first steps in bringing your concept to Downtown Huntsville.

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The Evolution of 104 Jefferson

When searching for his next renovation project, Wesley Crunkleton, Principal at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate, ended up finding a space that surprised him.

“When I was initially told about this property being a potential opportunity, I had a hard time identifying which property they were referring to,” he said. “When I walked over to Jefferson Street to check it out, I remember saying to myself that I didn’t think I’d ever realized the building was there. However, once I started walking through the space I saw a ton of potential.”

After finishing The Garage at Clinton Row, the 11,000 square foot mid-block building would soon become the site of Wesley’s next downtown real estate redevelopment.

The exterior of 104 Jefferson before renovations began.

The Plan

During the past few months, anyone walking downtown near Jefferson Street noticed the changes taking place at one of the block’s historic buildings. Although hidden behind a construction tent at times, the property was quickly becoming one of the city’s next modern office spaces.

“We had been looking at other opportunities for renovations downtown that didn’t work out at the time,” said Wesley. “The contractor I used for The Garage at Clinton Row put me in touch with the owners of 104 Jefferson and that’s when the project really took off.”

After a few months of deliberation and patience from all parties involved, everyone agreed to terms of the building’s purchase. A schedule of events was quickly put together.

“Our first order of business, after we had devised a plan for the property, was to make sure that the City of Huntsville Inspection and Fire Department were on board, as well,” he said.

“These older properties can be tricky because they were built during a period of time that either did not involve the inspection process or the process was vastly different from today. Both the Inspection and Fire Department can really be helpful on the front end with a project like this, and I would always recommend that anyone planning to undertake a downtown renovation get them involved early in the process.”

(Below are images of the property BEFORE the renovation.)

From January to July of this year, the look and feel of the property changed dramatically.

The Design: Modern Industrial

Although the building’s construction was completed in 1915, its interior design was frozen in time somewhere between the late 80s and early 90s.

“When I came across the space, everything was very retro,” explained Wesley. “Funky shapes, bold reds, and other dated elements were interspersed throughout the property. We knew there needed to be a significant amount of work done to uncover its true potential.”

104 Jefferson’s facelift was not a simple undertaking. Work began to expose brick walls and incorporate sleek glass, clean lines, and aesthetically pleasing paint colors. In fact, only two colors were used throughout the final product. The wooden doors you see today are made from the wooden rafters taken out of the second-floor ceiling.

“The goal was to make everything clean as possible,” he said. “We ended up using a dark tile with a dark grout that gives the lobby a slate or concrete finish look. The seamless glass entry doors in each suite are a hint to the modern, while the exposed brick gives it the industrial feel.”

(Here are images of 104 Jefferson AFTER the renovation.)

The character of the property began to take shape with the addition of exposed sprinkler pipes and artistic lighting fixtures. But its crowning jewel was something that received much attention from the community—a hidden mural that made its debut during the fourth day of chipping away at the lobby’s plaster.

The Discovery: A Message From The Past

 “Without a doubt, you need to remove the plaster. Take it off.”

This was the advice given to Wesley on a business trip to Chattanooga while visiting a contractor acquaintance who had tackled similar projects. Not wanting to begin a project that he couldn’t execute 100 percent, the encouragement was the push he needed to make the final design decision to uncover the wall beneath the old plaster.

“I already knew it was something that I wanted to do—expose the brick,” said Wesley. “And sure enough, we started chipping away and found yellows, greens, and blues. The old sign started to show itself. It was a welcomed surprise.”

After doing research, Wesley determined that the sign was for Bull Durham Tobacco. Co. and had been hidden for decades.

“It’s the same tobacco company whose factory was operational in the mid-1900s but burned down in North Carolina where the company was based,” he said. “We thought the connection to the past would be a wonderful feature to the building that would add personality and interest its visitors.”

The Modern Office Space: Where Is It Headed?

It’s impossible to ignore the changes in the look, feel, and function of 104 Jefferson. In an effort to keep pace with the transformations in today’s office settings, the space was built to encourage collaboration, creative team building, and successful project execution.

“Simply put, offices are headed to less of an office feel,” clarified Wesley. “Offices are becoming a place that you not only work but hang out, as well. The days of squeezing into a tiny conference room and exhausting yourself over a whiteboard are gone. Now, business might be done over a game of pool in the back lounge where people brainstorm.”

The Environment: Downtown Huntsville

Businesses are flocking to the downtown area in order to take advantage of the off-site meeting spaces, like coffee shops and bars, in order to recruit new hires and take a mental break from the daily grind.

Exterior of 104 Jefferson after the renovations.

Current tenants at 104 Jefferson include KPS Group and Prime Lending, which moved in after the renovations were completed to the ground floor.

“It really is more about your office dynamic rather than what downtown provides as an office setting,” he said. “For instance, Prime Lending moved its business from South Parkway. The ability to walk out the door and go have a drink or shop at The Garage at Clinton Row helps them utilize downtown as a built-in recruiting tool.”

The Reward: A Completed Project

“One of the most gratifying parts of any project is when people are pleased with what you’ve done to their property,” beamed Wesley. “The seller of the site found me after the renovation was complete and said they were very happy with the way it turned out. It’s a great feeling, and we are very thankful at how patient and supportive they have been throughout the process. It was truly a team effort. Everyone involved has been incredible.”

Next time you are exploring Downtown Huntsville, take a moment to stop and look at one of Huntsville’s newest office spaces that combines the present with the past. It very well could be the perfect spot for your business.

 To learn more about 104 Jefferson, click here.

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