Beast And Barrel Taking Place Of Northshore Grille; Taconooga Also Opens On Frazier

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A new restaurant, Beast and Barrel, at 16 Frazier Ave. will open April 15 in the old location of the Northshore Grille.

The owner is Matt Lewis who also started Hair of the Dog, The Honest Pint, The Mean Mug and Terminal Brewhouse.

He told the City Beer Board that the new location is really a cool place but the old business that had been there was thought of more as bar than a restaurant. The location will now be turned into a 100 percent good restaurant, he said.

It will be a no-smoking building which he said people prefer when dining. It is expected that 65-75 percent of sales will be in food and 35 percent will come from the bar. He said that he wants it to be a restaurant first.

Hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Taconooga at 207 Frazier Ave. opened just seven days ago, said co-owner Jennifer Leigh Castro. She described the restaurant as not being a typical Mexican restaurant. It will serve mostly tacos using fresh meats and vegetables. It is small with a capacity of just 50 and will be open seven days a week.

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Lounge, 3029 Rossville Blvd., is a Mexican restaurant with a concentration on homemade food versus a bar, said owner Alfredo Espinoza. It will seat fewer than 100 customers and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All three of these restaurants were approved for the sale of beer.

Sushi Bistro Opens On Main Street; Other New Eateries Include Fireside Grill, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Dominica’s Caribbean Kitchen

At the Thursday meeting of the city Beer Board, four consumer beer licenses were issued to restaurants and bars. Alex Thai Food & Sushi Bistro, 26 E. Main St., is on the ground floor of a new apartment building. The restaurant has a capacity of 65, with hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireside Grill, 3018 Cummings Hwy. is being opened as a restaurant/bar in Lookout ... (click for more)

Art Of Cooking Teaches Children About Farm To Table

Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga’s arts education program, Full Circle Teaching Artists Program, presents Art of Cooking at Barking Legs Theater. Running every Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. until Oct. 13, Art of Cooking seeks to provide families of preschool children with nutritional education and problem solving opportunities through the magic of performing arts, dinner ... (click for more)

School Board Chooses Charlotte Firm For Superintendent Search Firm; Lennon, Testerman Want To Keep Kelly

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-4 to choose a Charlotte, N.C., search firm to pick a new county school superintendent. Coleman Lew and Associates was selected over McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha. That vote came after board members Kathy Lennon and David Testerman started the session by saying they are very pleased with Interim Supt. Kirk Kelly and would ... (click for more)

East Ridge May Revise Ordinance On Extended Stays; Fire Hall Cost Well Above Projection; Dunkin Donuts, Firehouse Subs Going Into Border Region Sector

A large portion of the East Ridge City Council meeting Thursday night was devoted to the discussion of a proposed amendment to the ordinance previously passed relating to minimum hotel and extended stay hotel requirements. The new recommendations, which the city manager, codes enforcer and city attorney have drafted after meetings with hotel associations, are that a stay can be ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)