Terra Mae Restaurant Reopens In Downtown

Has Retro-Glam Look, New Cuisine

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Following months of renovations, Terra Mae has reopened its doors with a "fresh, swanky" look inspired by the glamour of old Hollywood, as well as a new menu full of international flavor. 

Matilda Midnight, a cocktail bar in the same building, is also up and running. The bar’s look and feel is intended to emulate a starlit evening, and its separate menu features a variety of traditional spirits and original concoctions, as well as an assortment of small plates. 

Owner Seija Ojanpera bought Terra Mae and the hotel where it resides – the Stone Fort Inn – in November 2015. Rebranded as The Dwell Hotel, the former bed-and-breakfast has been transformed by Mr. Ojanpera into a boutique hotel. Each of the 16 retro-posh suites boasts well designed luxury while honoring the historic charm inherent to the building, said officials.

“The Dwell Hotel, Terra Mae and Matilda Midnight will exceed the expectations of discerning travelers, foodies and cocktail enthusiasts – whether they’re staying for the weekend, dining for an evening or popping in for a nightcap,” Mr. Ojanpera said. “We can’t wait for locals and out-of-towners to experience the unique, retro-glam ambiance – and of course, to taste our completely revamped Terra Mae menu and sip cocktails under the stars at Matilda Midnight.” 

The design updates and changes were made with events in mind: Terra Mae’s various spaces can be used for private dining and reception areas, and hotel blocks are available at The Dwell Hotel. L’Erin Chidester, the hotel and event manager, is on staff to plan menus and manage logistics before, during and after events – such as luncheons, showers, dinner parties and wedding receptions. 

“This beautiful building has served as a place of hospitality and happy gatherings for many years, and my hope and vision is to further its original purpose through these three brands,” Mr. Ojanpera said. “We can’t think of a better spot to call home than downtown Chattanooga, and we hope to become among the fabulous mainstays that have made this city what it is.”

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