Longtime Restaurant Meat Supplier In South Chattanooga Going Out Of Business

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A longtime meat supplier in South Chattanooga is going out of business - leaving family restaurants like the nearby Zarzour's and Nikki's Drive-In in North Chattanooga scrambling to find a new supplier.

Southern Provisions, located at the dead end of Rossville Avenue off Main Street, will be closing soon.

Restaurant operators said they were told that the current owners, Scott and Pat McHenry, "were offered a deal they could not refuse by people who are building houses around them.

" There has been a wave of new houses going up in the Jefferson Heights community.

Another reason cited was the cost of upkeep on the old meat supply building.

It is slated to be torn down and the site occupied by new homes.

The Kelly family long operated Southern Provisions until it was sold to the McHenrys some 10 years ago.

Those in the business said the number of companies in Chattanooga providing fresh meat keeps declining.

Still in the business are A&B Food Distributors on Greens Lake Road and Southeastern Meat on Airways Boulevard.

Brad and Steve Grant took over A&B Food Distributors from their father. The business does not cut meat as do Southern Provisions and Southeastern Meat, but sells meat in large pieces.

Southeastern Meat, operated by the Wolfe family, has some 12 employees. Officials said they hope to pick up some of the business now handled by Southern Provisions. The firm cuts steak and grinds beef and has delivery trucks.   

Aaron Reed Takes Reins At Bald Headed Bistro

The Bald Headed Bistro announced on Friday that Aaron Reed, previously the restaurant’s general manager, had been promoted to managing partner.   Mr. Reed joined the Bistro in 2004 and has held every position from host to assistant manager.    "Aaron is a great leader and his enthusiasm makes the Bistro’s team even stronger,” said Bistro Chief Manager Will Jones. ... (click for more)

Rhonda On The Prowl: Rocking Out at Las Margaritas

It was a family affair at Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant on Wednesday night. Mama Sue and Papa Mike joined Flash and me for some music and a meal. I’ve grown up going to Las Margaritas on Hixson Pike all my life. It’s a fiesta every time.  We walked in out of the rain and the hostess greeted us with a big, smiling, “Hola!” Colorful piñatas hung from the ceiling and ... (click for more)

Larry Schumacher Named Chief Executive Officer Of CHI Memorial

T he board of directors of CHI Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have chosen Larry Schumacher as the chief executive officer (CEO) of CHI Memorial effective Jan. 4, 2016 . Mr. Schumacher comes to CHI Memorial from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois where he served as system chief operating officer for the past eight years.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Under Flood Watch Through Wednesday

With a steady rain set to continue through Wednesday, Chattanooga is under a flood watch. Over four inches of rain are expected in some areas. Here is the advisory from the National Weather Service: ...LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS EAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... .THE COMBINATION OF DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE AND A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL ... (click for more)

Why Are We Allowing Poor Architecture And Urban Design Downtown?

   Over the past four decades our fair city has enjoyed striking improvements to our City Center and Northshore areas in large part due to citizen input and the guidance of the former Urban Design Studio. We are now widely recognized as a hotbed of entrepreneurship, neighborhood revitalization and good Urban Design. At the most recent City Council meeting, the leader and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In December

As the fallen leaves confirm today is the first of December, my monthly walk in life’s garden is more foggy than fun. In much-older times, good children would get a piece of candy on Christmas Day while bad ones would receive a lump of coal. So here are some things that deserve a helping of both: A PIECE OF CANDY to the amazingly few who can spy a nest of mistletoe high in area ... (click for more)