Former Cheeburger Cheeburger owners open new restaurant
The former owners of Cheeburger Cheeburger have a new restaurant.
The name of their new business, which opened to customers Monday morning, is River Drifters.
The restaurant is located at 1925 Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga, and it’s a place where you can eat, drink, sit on the deck, and rent stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. It’s located just across the street from the Tennessee River.
“I wanted to do something water based. I love the water. The tourists and the locals alike can really enjoy something like this,” Charlie Eich said.
Charlie and Renee Eich owned the downtown Chattanooga staple Cheeburger Cheeburger for 20 years.
It closed when the building collapsed in March 2017.
“We needed to get a new game plan, so after looking at several properties that just didn't feel right, we came across this one, and it just seemed like a really good fit,” Eich said.
Eich describes the food as “elevated casual.” The menu includes local craft beer and of course, a cheeseburger.
Eich still gets emotional when he talks about Cheeburger Cheeburger closing.
“It was like losing a child, it was part of us. It still hurts,” he told Channel 3.
He says one of the hardest things about the restaurant closing was losing touch with longtime customers.
“All of those folks, we miss you. Come see us over here on Suck Creek Road. We'd really like to see you again,” Eich said.
The couple says they are ready to close that chapter and begin a new one.
After the Cheeburger Cheeburger collapse, lawsuits were filed by the building owner and by Eich.
They focus on what led to the collapse and who is responsible. Eich told us he’s ready for “litigation to come to an end” and wants to put it behind him.