Iconic Alabama 'A' near Bryant-Denny Stadium stolen
A well-known Alabama institution is looking for help from the public following an overnight incident where it was reported that the iconic Alabama ‘A’ was stolen from Rama Jama’s.
Rama Jama’s, a Tuscaloosa diner, has attracted students, fans and kids “for over two decades” where pictures were taken in front of the ‘A.’
According to VisitTuscaloosa.com, “the diner sits in the shadow of Bryant Denny Stadium. It serves a “National Champ Burger” which boasts 16oz of bacon, one ounce for each Alabama Football national title! The white brick building is designed like no other location in town and you would be hard pressed to find similar architecture within 500 miles!”
The restaurant was hit hard by the pandemic, and AL.com reported that Rama Jama’s rode a social media wave supporting the small restaurant after a March story on AL.com noted its sales were down 60-65 percent. Business was reportedly back to normal for eight to nine days after the story ran but slumped again leading into football season.
Before the Texas A&M game, the Tuscaloosa News reported customers were at its exterior merchandise tables, but not as much inside the restaurant, leaving founder Gary Lewis, who still works despite having turned over day-to-day operations in 2017 — still arriving before sunup every day, though leaving now what he deems early, after only about eight hours’ work — able to walk around outside, and witness the strangely quiet day.
“We’re 25 seasons now, 25 years, and I do not recall it ever being just like this,” Lewis said. “Usually two hours before kickoff, you can’t move out here.
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