published Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Under Construction: Billiard Club to turn old deli into cigar shop

Terrance Hanson, center, moves a scaffolding across the main floor of the new addition to the Chattanooga Billiard Club on Friday. The building next door is being renovated as an addition to the pool hall and lounge.
Terrance Hanson, center, moves a scaffolding across the main floor of the new addition to the Chattanooga Billiard Club on Friday. The building next door is being renovated as an addition to the pool hall and lounge.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

Name: Chattanooga Billiard Club cigar shop addition

Location: 723 Cherry St., the former location of Shapiro's Deli.

Status: Construction is in the initial stages and will be complete before Christmas.

Price: $300,000, not including the purchase of the structure in May 2011.

What's happening now: Workers are removing demolished parts of the building, running electrical wiring and plumbing.

What's next: Workers will install a radiant heating system for climate control, and create an open-air patio so guests can sit outside. To do that, workers will pour a four-inch slab throughout the building, remove the existing storefront and create a new one 10 feet back from the sidewalk.

Features: Much of the focus of the renovation is on creating a much larger space just for cigars, including a new humidor room. While cigars will still be available in the existing club area, the new space will focus on smoking, while the existing space will add dinner service and a selection of fine wines. In the current billiard club space, workers are renovating the stairwell, redoing some framing and adding new exit doors. In the new area, workers will add a stained concrete floor and acoustic ceiling tiles that resemble the classic metal ceiling but will absorb more sound. Future plans call for a new lounge and a private smoking room.

Contractor: Randy Troope Sr., owner of RT Construction

Contact: 267-7740

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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