Funk 'n Waffles will close iconic SU Hill location after 10 years of business

Its closure is part of a development plan to tear down the 727 S. Crouse Ave. commercial complex in order to build luxury apartments.

Funk 'n Waffles will close its original location this Wednesday after 10 years of business, the popular student spot announced on Facebook on Monday.

Known for its unique waffle dishes and live music, Funk 'n Waffles will close to make way for a tear-down of the 727 S. Crouse Ave. complex. The building, which also houses Hungry Chuck’s and appeThaizing, will be replaced by a mixed-use, luxury student apartment building.

In 2015, Funk ‘n Waffles opened its second location on Clinton Street. The Armory Square location will remain open, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page, but the staff knows how special the original spot is. 

“The original Funk 'n Waffles location gave us all a place to feel at home,” the Facebook post read. “It was the site of first dates, graduation celebrations, comedians and musicians' first time with an audience, children growing up, open mic night, Sunday brunch with friends, and many other completely routine and sometimes totally extraordinary moments.” 

Celebrity restaurateur and TV personality Guy Fieri visited the iconic location as part of a 2012 episode of The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.” The episode featured Chicken & Waffles, one of the most popular dishes at Funk ‘n Waffles.

On social media, students and local residents expressed their feelings toward the closure of the local hot spot.

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