FORT WALTON BEACH — Fort Walton Beach Waffle House fans have one less location to get 24-hour breakfast after one of the local restaurants closed permanently.
The Waffle House at 319 Miracle Strip Parkway was being gutted Thursday as construction crews cleaned the interior of the building. A sign on the door thanked customers for "many years of patronage."
The Waffle House location received lots of media attention in June after a cellphone video went viral on Facebook regarding a disturbance at the restaurant.
Fort Walton Beach police responded to the Waffle House after an employee at the restaurant called the Police Department to report a heated argument between two customers and a server. The argument reportedly was over the price of a drink.
Body cam video showed an officer pulling up to the restaurant, walking to the door and gesturing for the man to come outside. The man and his girlfriend argued with the officers, saying they were waiting to get the server’s name so they could “call the 1-800 number.”
At one point during the confrontation, an officer pointed a Taser at Copeland because of his “irate behavior.” He and Hart were then handcuffed and detained in the back of a patrol vehicle.
They were later given the opportunity to pay for their order, which they accepted. Copeland and Hart were released with no criminal charges.
It is unclear whether the viral video was connected to the restaurant closure.
The sign on the door Thursday said the owners will be opening a new location, which has yet to be determined, in the near future.
The Waffle House website confirmed the location has permanently closed.