Workers demolish Cheeburger Cheeburger building in downtown Chattanooga [photo gallery]

Workers demolish Cheeburger Cheeburger building in downtown Chattanooga [photo gallery]

April 19th, 2017 by Doug Strickland and Tim Omarzu in Breaking News

Workers demolish the Market Street building which housed the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

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Workers demolished the Market Street building which housed the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant Wednesday in Chattanooga.

The city got permission to demolish the building at 138 Market St. from Circuit Court Judge L. Marie Williams, issued an emergency demolition contract not to exceed $120,000, and hired Pates Hauling and Demolition LLP to knock the building down.

City officials gave the building's owner, George W. Walls Jr., of Kimball, Tenn., a chance to demolish the building, Deputy City Attorney Phil Noblett said, and also extended the offer to Charlie and Renee Eich, who leased space in the building for their Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant.

"We asked both of them to tear it down," he said.

Walls didn't respond, Noblett said.

Charlie Eich said, "We gave the city the go-ahead: It's yours, do as you please."

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