published Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Under Construction: Cheddar's to feature flaming waterfall and 400-gallon fish tank

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    Larry Westbrook works on a double-sided waterfall for Cheddar’s restaurant on Gunbarrel Road.
    Photo by Doug Strickland.
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Project: Cheddar's restaurant.

Owner/Contractor: Greer Companies.

Location: Gunbarrel Road at Hamilton Village, across from entrance to Hamilton Place.

Architect: Murphy Graves Trimble, Pllc.

Size: 8,600 square feet.

Scope: This upscale casual American restaurant will seat 355 diners and maintain a staff of about 200 employees. The building will feature a patio with a double-sided flaming waterfall. Inside, a 400-gallon freshwater aquarium will divide the bar from the dining room. Cheddar's is utilizing Tennessee River rock and old Chicago brick. The restaurant will include a signature 1977 paddle fan in the main dining area.

"Overall our new prototype is contemporary, upscale casual look," said Lee Greer, president of Greer Companies.

Timeline: Construction will be finished mid-November. The restaurant could open mid-December or early January.

History: Greer Companies is developer and owner/operator of Cheddar's restaurants and Hilton and Marriott hotels. The real estate company employs 7,000 people and operates 40 Cheddar's in seven states.

Future: While nothing is yet decided, Cheddar's could open a second restaurant in Chattanooga -- perhaps in the Hixson area -- in the next couple of years.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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