UPDATE: Shuford's to reopen in new location following last month's mudslide
UPDATE: Shuford's Smokehouse will be reopening soon in a new location following last month's mudslide.
The restaurant's Signal Mountain Road location was deemed unsafe after a mudslide destroyed the Subway restaurant next door.
Shuford's will be moving into the building where the Southern Traditions Restaurant was located in the 3200 block of Dayton Boulevard, according to a restaurant spokesperson.
The owners of the building reached out to Shufords and offered them the spot.
The building has a larger dining room and kitchen, but they will continue to smoke meat at their Signal Mountain location.
Shuford's hopes to be there no more than a year while they work to decide what their next move will be.
Their goal is to open in the new location on Tuesday, April 2.
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The restaurant’s owner has been advised by an attorney not to comment, but his daughter sent us a statement saying:
“Our Soddy Daisy location is still running. They are opened Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm. We are not giving up and doing all we can to move forward. And we do appreciate the support from the community on this matter.”
City officials say the building is in imminent danger.
“Because of the doubt with the stability of the bank, we didn't want people in there eating and the bank collapse on top of that building as well,” Director of Chattanooga’s Land Development Office Dallas Rucker said.
Rucker said there is still a possibility Shuford's could collapse from another mudslide; similar to the one that destroyed Subway on Signal Mountain Road.
“What we need is a professional engineer registered with the State of Tennessee to take a look at the bank. We've had people look at it, and we think it is unsafe,” he said.
Rucker said the restaurant will stay closed until that happens. He says any repairs to the building and a portion of the bank that caused February's mudslide will be up to the owner to fix.
“He owns around 150 feet off the edge of the right of way so that would take him back past the edge of the top of that bank there,” Rucker explained. “If a geological engineer says that the bank has to be stabilized, that's not something the city does on private property.”
It is not clear what the future holds Shuford's, but there is a chance its doors will open again.
“There's no guarantees but things they can do, some drills and tests they can do to see,” Rucker said.
Rucker says those living next to Shuford’s are not in danger because of an embankment that separates the buildings from the bank.