HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Can you smell that? The delicious aroma of onion rings and cheeseburgers is back in the air on Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville. It's been six months since Cheeburger Cheeburger posted a sign that said it would be closed until further notice. Now there's a new sign up that says the restaurant will open May 12.
"We have new employees, new attitude, new management, new cleanliness, new health department score, no tax debt, we're good to go," said Charlie Eich. Eich said full speed ahead. The newest owner of the Huntsville franchise, he's been working hard to restore the restaurant to its former glory.
"Guys, coming behind ya," he shouted as he made his way through the kitchen. Eich is a veteran Cheeburger Cheeburger owner. He runs a successful store in Chattanooga across from the Chattanooga Aquarium. He told WHNT News 19 he saw an opportunity to reopen the Huntsville store and couldn't pass it up.
"People of Huntsville have been calling us, stopping us on the streets when I'm wearing my uniform, asking me when we're opening," he said. "I feel really good about it."
Eich said when he walked through the doors of his latest investment, he wasn't quite sure what he had gotten himself into. "I cried," he said with a smile on his face. '"I knew I had bit off a lot. The restaurant wasn't as clean as it should have been so we've remodeled and cleaned everything and we're looking forward to reintroducing ourselves to the Huntsville market."
Word is spreading quickly that the restaurant is back with it's 1950's decor and world famous 'frings,' a mixture of onion rings and french fries.
"We're happy Cheeburger Cheeburger is back in Huntsville," said James Turner. "We enjoyed it in Chattanooga, enjoyed it when they were here before, glad they're back again." Turner enjoyed a cheeseburger with at a soft opening for friends and family Saturday.
The staff hurried around the restaurant, serving up melt-in-your-mouth cheeseburgers and milkshakes that ought to be illegal they're so good.
The restaurant will officially open on Monday and Eich said his team is trained and ready to reopen the doors.
"I'm so proud of everybody it's been a long road the past 30 days to get it cleaned and ready to go but we're excited to be here," he said.