Nonprofit starts fundraiser for popular restaurant forced to relocate
A local nonprofit is making a difference for a popular Chattanooga restaurant.
Earlier this year, Shuford’s Smokehouse was forced to relocate after a mudslide leveled the Subway next door. Owner Jeff Davis says his building was not impacted but his bottom line was. For five weeks, he had no business because his restaurant closed.
Davis and his daughter Madison Davis, who helps him run the restaurant, say the city told them it was no longer safe to operate there. If they wanted to reopen they would have to build a retaining wall and Davis says that could cost as much as $400,000. To make matters worse, they say the insurance company denied their claims three times.
"It's crazy that he's worked 33 years to pay for this land, build this great business that people love and then something crazy happens that really doesn't have anything to do with you and you're just shutdown, out of business, too bad, good luck,” Madison told Channel 3.
Customers and people who care about the Davis family were quick to offer help.
An owner of a building on Dayton Boulevard reached out to let Davis know the space was available which allowed him to reopen his business in April.
Someone created a Go Fund Me account for the business.
Now, the organization, 4 Paws Pantry, is trying to help too.
Board member Sandi Smith says the Davis’ have always supported them so it’s time to return the favor.
“We wanted to give back,” said Smith.
They’re selling paper bricks for $10, $15 and $20 each.
“We’re trying to raise $50,000 for them to help them rebuild,” said Smith.
“When they offered to step up and help us we were just like thank you so much,” Madison told Channel 3.
The father and daughter say they’re still deciding what’s next and whether they will stay in the temporary space on Dayton Boulevard permanently.
“God has a plan for us. We just have to figure out what it is. We're trying to get settled in here though but so far it's working really well. We've seen a lot of new faces and we've also see all of our old customers too. They're still supporting us which makes us feel good that they've followed us,” said Madison.
No matter where they end up they say the foot of Signal Mountain will always be home.
If you’d like to make a donation, you can stop by the restaurant to buy a brick or give them a call.