T.MAC Restaurant On Market Street Now Open Following Major Expansion

Monday, August 18, 2014
The updated interior at T.MAC on Market Street
The updated interior at T.MAC on Market Street

TM Restaurant Group Monday announced the grand reopening of its T.MAC restaurant at 423 Market St. in downtown Chattanooga. The restaurant originally opened in its current location in November 1998.

Since undergoing a major expansion that began back in May, the company-owned restaurant has now grown to 6,700 square feet with a fresh, redesigned interior space, said officials. The restaurant’s seating capacity has increased by 50 percent to accommodate 270 guests with indoor seating and two outdoor seating patios.

Catering to the preferences of the Chattanooga community, T.MAC will now pour 96 beers on draft, nearly double its previous offering, with a greater focus on local and regional craft beers. In addition to draft and bottled beer, T.MAC serves signature cocktails and wines. The new, larger bar area also includes additional bar seating and a high top community table.

A first for Chattanooga, the restaurant boasts three European-designed rotating booths. Accommodating six guests each, the circular booths feature a stationary table with seating that rotates 360 degrees for easy in and out.  

In keeping with its local tradition as a place to watch sports, T.MAC now offers 63 large screen LED HDTVs, doubling its previous number. The HDTVs are placed throughout the entire restaurant to provide viewing of sports all day, everyday.

In addition to its interior expansion, T.MAC’s menu of food has also expanded. The restaurant now serves a host of new items including its signature roasted wings, fresh-baked flatbreads, double hand-breaded chicken tenders, a new mushroom steak burger, new grilled chicken and Swiss sandwich and new sides including oven-baked macaroni and cheese, broccoli queso casserole, green beans and fresh roasted mushrooms.

T.MAC will continue to make its guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, salad dressings and signature queso fresh in the restaurant. T.MAC also features antibiotic-free and hormone-free ground beef and all-natural and hormone-free chicken plus buns, rolls and desserts made in the company’s own bakeshop. 

“The expansion and transformation of this restaurant has been absolutely remarkable,” said Bob Campbell, T.MAC CEO. “ It has given us a chance to refresh and refuel our commitment to providing genuine food and craft beer to downtown Chattanooga, especially to its beer and sports enthusiasts. You can see our enthusiasm in every inch of the new space. We’re proud to reopen our doors.”

“People have asked us what’s up with the T.MAC name? Well, for 35 years our Taco Mac guests and friends have been calling us T.MAC, so, when we decided to expand the place here in Chattanooga we thought it was the perfect time to go by our nickname. I guess you could say we dropped the “ACO,” but our commitment to genuine food, craft beer and friendly hospitality hasn’t changed,” said Chris Perry, T.MAC Chattanooga general manager.

The restaurant now employs 50 percent more staff, commensurate with its expansion, to provide guests with T.MAC’s hallmark style of hospitality, said officials. Anyone interested in joining the local T.MAC team should visit tmaccareers.com for details on positions available and to submit their application.

The exterior at T.MAC on Market Street
The exterior at T.MAC on Market Street

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