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Eddie's opening delayed

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

If you're hungry for an Eddie's hamburger, be patient. You'll have to wait another month. New owner Rod Clarke was hoping to open the sandwich shop in mid June but he's had to change his plans.

"I'm waiting for the furnace, duct work and the hood system for the grill," Clarke explained. "I've contracted with William's Plumbing and Heating. They're working well with me but the hood has to be specially built to fit the size of the building."

There have been other unexpected delays according to Clarke.

"I thought I was done with the electrical work. But everything has to be individually run on its own circuit breaker and every wire has to be in a conduit to meet building codes."

All of those things not only cost Clarke more money but they're also are costing him valuable time.

"But I'm getting more enthusiastic now," Clarke said. "I can see an end in sight. I'm anticipating opening in mid July."

Clarke gave a verbal tour of the interior. There will be an eight inch strip of black cherry and white ceramic tile in a checkered pattern all around the walls midway up. The rest of the walls will be white.

The floor will be a dark blue and the window casings will be the black cherry.

"The original theme in Eddie's was red, white and blue," Clarke said. "So I decided to keep the same theme even though the shades will be a little different."

Clarke had to get a new counter top because the old one doesn't fit due to some changes. The nine original bar stools will be used plus Clarke is adding two movable stools for seating at the east end of the shop.

The walk-through window on the south side of the building is an old window from the Hardee's restaurant. Clarke bought it from Bob Nevins, co-owner of the Mansfield Stone Co.

"It's a walk-up window," Clarke emphasized. "Not a drive-through window.

"I'm sorry it's not open yet," he lamented. "I'm doing most of the work myself and it's design built. If I see something that could work better, I make changes as I go. The location of the grill has changed four times. "I've really enjoyed doing it. It's nice to keep something going that's been here for 73 years. That really excites me."

A hand print of Bob Knierim is embedded in the concrete floor at the store's back entrance. Knierim is the son of Eddie Knierim, the founder of the sandwich shop. Bob ran the eatery for years before retiring. By the handprint, it says, Bob Knierim, est. 1931.

The store's new hours will be M-Th 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri and Sat. 7 a.m. -9 p.m. Clarke said he wants to accommodate the movie goers at Walnut Theatre.

Clarke also said he has the phone line installed and has a new number. When it's officially opened you can call for carry out orders at: 44 EDDIES.



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