Vacated Boaz Buildings Reopening With New Restaurants

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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Boaz mayor hopes restaurant employees who lost jobs earlier this year can get back to work as new eateries come to town.

The parent company for Ryan's Steakhouse filed for bankruptcy in January, and the buffet in Boaz locked its doors for good a few months later.

"When Ryan closed it caused some people to be displaced and unemployed that lost their jobs, and that's always something that we're very particular about is trying to keep jobs," mayor Tim Walker said.

It was the most recent of several restaurants to leave town, but mayor Tim Walker said Western Sizzlin' is in the final stages of a deal to open a franchise in the building.

"It's going to be great to maybe get some of these displaced workers back to working again, and that goes throughout the economy in the town," he said.

"It's an exciting time for Boaz, and that's a good announcement for us."

Other empty spaces are filling as well, ready to fill bellies again.

Sidelines Grill replaced the vacated Waffle King building in 2011, but then relocated to Crossroads Mall in Albertville, filling the facility once used by Papa John's.

Its original location is now Oichi Hibachi Express, which opens Friday, November 2.

"Nobody wants to lose business, but business evolves all the time," Walker said.

"Sometimes even the old restaurant that has been here might not have been successful, but something could come in its place and be successful and meet all expectations and we want to make sure that we in Boaz promote business across the board."