Yellow Deli In Comeback

Popular Christian Eatery From 1970s To Be Revived

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The Yellow Deli will be making a comeback in Chattanooga.

Ed Wiseman, who was involved in operation of the Christian-based eateries here in the 1970s, said the Yellow Deli will be reopened at a site yet to be announced.

He said there will also be a Yellow Deli reunion at the rose garden at Warner Park on Easter Sunday, April 16. He said Yellow Deli founders, Gene and Marsha Spriggs, will be among those in attendance.

"We will be there to discuss why we left Chattanooga, where we have been, and why we are coming back," he said. Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Spriggs both are originally from Chattanooga.

He said the event, from 2 p.m. until dark, will also include a picture gallery, circle dances, music and Yellow Deli food.

Mr. Wiseman said the group plans to have a portable booth at the upcoming 4 Bridges Art Festival and the Riverbend Festival.

The first Yellow Deli was opened on Brainerd Road in May 1973. Mr. Wiseman said the eatery got a big boost in 1974 when Helen McDonald Exum wrote a favorable article.

The group opened The Areopagus across from Warner Park in 1976. It included a restaurant as well as an area for live Christian music. In 1978, a Yellow Deli was opened downtown at the site of the current Pickle Barrel.

Mr. Wiseman said the group decided about 1980 to relocate in New England. He said the group started opening a similar-type restaurant, but it was called Common Ground Cafe. He said there are a number of the cafes in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts as well as one in Manitoba, one in Brazil and another in Australia.

He said the group's business interests also include construction, natural body care and green tea imported from Brazil.

Mr. Wiseman said members of the group live in households together and share income. They hold their own worship services.

He said the Spriggs couple now lives in Asheville, N.C.

Mr. Wiseman, 58, said he plans to relocate to Chattanooga and help operate the new Yellow Deli.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ASHLEY, JOHN TRAVIS  2626 MOWBRAY PIKE SODDY DAISY, 37379  Age at Arrest: 30 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County THEFT OF PROPERTY --- ATCITTY, SHAVAUN RAY  251 SUNRISE AVE. NASHVILLE, 37211  Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency:  PUBLIC INTOXICATION --- ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Home In Ooltewah Tuesday Night

Firefighters battled a house fire in the Ooltewah area Tuesday  night . Around  8:15 p.m. , a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire at 8805 Pine Ridge Road. The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and reported 50% of the house was on fire and flames were pouring out of the front door and windows. Firefighters worked quickly to get ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Marshall’s 3% Folly

The National Health Interview Survey is believed to be the best gauge of health and behaviors in the United States. It is under the umbrella of the nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so first let me share that the figures I am going to present are directly attributed to what is the best source believed to be out there. I didn’t make these numbers up and I had nothing ... (click for more)

Red Bank Girls, Tyner Boys Prevail In 6-AA Title Games

The capacity crowd at Hixson High School got their money’s worth and more Tuesday night in the championship finals of the District 6-AA basketball tournament. The Red Bank-Tyner girls have had four extremely tight games this season and the same can be said for the Tyner-Brainerd boys, so you had to know that the two games on tap for the tournament titles would be top-notch and ... (click for more)

Cleveland Manhandles East Hamilton For District 5-3A Tourney Title

Almost every time Diontae Davis got the basketball in his hands he heard a little voice. “Give me the ball! Give me the ball!” It was Davis’ teammate KK Curry. Davis fed Curry a steady diet of passes from every imaginable angle on the court and so did other teammates. The big, lanky junior responded with a game-high 29 points and led Cleveland to a surprising ... (click for more)