The piece of property, located between Highway 118 and Viking Drive, will be home to Full Moon BBQ. Naseem Ajlouny, the restaurant’s owner, said the land is being prepared for construction, which he expects to begin in 30 days.
“We are excited about bringing Full Moon to Jasper,” he said. “This is a great community, and we are happy to be a part of it.”
Ajlouny said he is familiar with Jasper, because his family owned a home on Smith Lake when he was a child.
“I remember spending a lot of time in Jasper,” he said. “The city is full of great people. We made a lot of friends here.”
The restaurant will have 40 to 50 employees, and Ajlouny said he is expecting it to open by mid-October.
“We have already hired a general manager, and we expect to have hourly employees hired as early as July or August,” he said. “We are currently taking resumes for Jasper.”
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Training for the Jasper jobs will take place at Full Moon locations in McCalla, Fultondale and Alabaster. Ajlouny said the move to Jasper is the restaurant’s first step in expanding to the north.
“Jasper is the perfect location for us,” he said. “Once we have it up and going, we feel like Huntsville will be our next stop.”
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey said the city is happy to have Full Moon in Jasper.
“This has been a long process, but it has been enjoyable,” he said. “Full Moon’s owners have been great to work with. We look forward to them being successful here for years to come.”
Ajlouny said he had expected to open the doors around Memorial Day 2012, but an issue with the construction of a turn lane off Highway 118 slowed the process.
Jasper Public Works Director Joe Matthews said bids for the turn lane project will be opened next week.
“That was something we had to have,” Ajlouny said. “We appreciate everything the city did to help us with that issue.”
For more information on Full Moon BBQ, visit www.fullmoonbbq.com.