Wintzell’s opening Leeds location by April

Wintzell's manager Donald Jones talks about opening the Leeds location.

Construction to turn a former Japanese steakhouse in Leeds into Wintzell’s Oyster House is almost complete. 

Managers are interviewing and hiring locals to fill jobs – all in preparation of opening the latest Wintzell’s in Leeds.

Doors will open to customers starting the third week of March, said manager Donald Jones.

“We are so excited to offer the people of Leeds and Birmingham what Wintzell’s has to offer: The best and freshest seafood you can find,” Jones said at the huge and airy restaurant on Ashville Road in Leeds.

Hallmark Hospitality Group owns the franchise restaurant, which includes Jones and partners Keith Hall and Frank Hall, (no relation).

The restaurant is spacious, with availability to seat 200 in the restaurant area and includes a banquet room with meeting space that can seat 100. That means they can fit large groups and they plan to cater. 

“Lots of folks love seafood, and Wintzell’s fans really love what we do with the seafood in our special dishes. Most of our seafood is sourced from the Gulf and is as fresh as it can be,” said Jones who spent 14 years with Chuck E. Cheese’s and 14 years at Ryan’s Steakhouse. 

The original Wintzell’s location in Mobile has been open for more than 80 years, and Jones finds the long-term success of the original to be “encouraging.” 

The Leeds Wintzell’s will serve many popular seafood dishes, including their award-winning gumbo.

The Wintzell’s owners credit Leeds Mayor David Miller with recruiting them to the city to bring another sit-down restaurant option.

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