COPLEY — Charlie's Ribs & Chicken, once a go-to spot on Copley Road, likely will be demolished in June.
But don't worry: The famous burger-eating bunny sign remains safe in storage.
The township this week awarded the demolition contract to Butcher & Son of Akron. The company's $33,230 bid was the lowest of seven for demolition of the 1860 Copley Road structure and land restoration.
Founded in 1961, the restaurant closed in 2016. The township purchased the vacant building for $65,000, with plans to turn the property into green space.
In March, a township crew took down the site's signature sign — a burger-eating bunny with a napkin around its neck. As news about the sign's removal spread, the enthusiasm and concern for its future surprised Matt Springer, director of Copley's Community Improvement Corp.
"I had no idea what I was getting into," he said with a smile at a March board of trustees meeting.
Demolition bids were opened by trustees April 24 and given to Springer for review. He said demolition of the structure would likely be scheduled for June.
The bunny sign, fragile because of exposure to the elements and deterioration caused by bird droppings, is being kept in storage.
The bunny sign had served as a community landmark. It was erected in the early 1960s and stood at first outside the Bunny Drive-In, which later became Charlie's Ribs & Chicken.
The burger-eating bunny stands nearly 12 feet tall and is nearly 8 feet wide.
As soon as Bunny and Charlie's fans heard that the rabbit was going to be taken down, they started flooding the township with recommendations about what should become of the beloved sign.
"At this point, we're evaluating different options for the preservation of the sign," Springer said in an email.