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Lockout notice: Hwy 55 eatery closed after defaulting on lease

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Copies of a lockout notice are shown on the doors of the now-closed Highway 55 restaurant at the Shoppes at Tanglewood in Elizabeth City, Friday.

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From staff reports

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A popular hamburger and hot dog eatery in Elizabeth City has been closed after apparently defaulting on its lease.

“Tenant is in default of its obligation under the lease,” states the lockout notice posted on the front doors of the Highway 55 restaurant at the Shoppes at Tanglewood.

The lockout notice lists the tenant as “Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries” and the property owner as SAM Tanglewood LLC.

Neither Hwy 55 nor the property owner could be reached for comment for this story.

Hwy 55 is a North Carolina-based chain that started in Goldsboro as Andy’s Cheeseburgers and Cheesesteaks. It is known for hamburgers, hot dogs and subs that feature freshly made toppings such as cole slaw and chili.

The Hwy 55 restaurant in Elizabeth City made headlines in January when it offered a free meal to Coast Guard personnel and families affected by the partial federal government shutdown.

It was not known at presstime Saturday whether the owner was negotiating with Highway 55 to stay at the Shoppes at Tanglewood site or seeking another tenant. Also unknown is when or if the restaurant will reopen or when another business might be opening in the space.

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