The Mad Priest, a new coffee and cocktail bar on Cherry Street downtown, is trying to create something different for the city….something where people from all different cultures, religions and countries can feel welcome and celebrated.
Ever since its “Great Triduum of Allhallowtide” grand opening celebration a few weeks ago, owners have been showing folks that they know how to host a party, and they have got the food and drink options to go with their unique brand of hospitality.
For the Diwali celebration, they had a special drink called “Roshnee” (which means light in Hindi) with Garam Masala infused Vodka, Cold Brew coffee concentrate, Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao, Cardamom infused cream and a touch of edible gold dust.
On Tuesday nights, they started hosting weekly chess nights where players of any level are welcome to use the chess boards built into all the tables, as well as enjoy discounted cocktails. And Thursdays will be live music at the bar, with Nicholas Edward Williams (formerly known as Whetherman) starting things off last Thursday and Cody Harris playing December 13.
But owner Michael Rice says that he wants the artists who come play at the space to truly resemble the diversity of the city. "The Mad Priest wants to intentionally create space for the timeless rituals of communion, revelry, and friendship," he said, "and celebrate the diverse cultures present in our city and bring folks from various backgrounds together." As their mission statement says, “Good drinks open our minds to new possibilities, spark creativity, and bridge people and cultures.”
Mr. Rice is not limiting things to celebrations with food, drink and music only. On Dec. 15, they are partnering with the Pop-Up project to bring Chattanooga an evening of carnival-inspired dance and more.