A restaurant with a new concept will soon be opening on the Southside of Chattanooga at the previous location occupied by Enzo’s at 1501 Long St. The business will be more than a restaurant, it will also be a brewery and a tap room.
Five Wits Brewing Company is the idea of Michael and Taylor Monen, who own five other restaurants in Chattanooga - Taco Mamacita, Urban Stack, Community Pie, Milk and Honey and Clyde’s.
They also have restaurants in Nashville and in South Carolina.
Five Wits will offer the option of four different food types under one roof - Indian, Asian, pizza and food from a research and development kitchen that will change tenants every three to six months. This kitchen will be an incubator for people who have a good idea relating to serving food, who will be given help with the business end of a restaurant.
The Monens have found three brew masters, each with 10 years of experience, who have moved to Chattanooga from Colorado to develop the brewery side of the business. The restaurant will not be opened immediately; however, it received a distributor/brewer’s beer license from the Chattanooga Beer Board on Thursday morning in order for the brew masters to begin developing recipes for the beers so it will be ready to sell when the restaurant opens. Brewing the beer is a six to 10 weeks process to finish. The beers that are made will also be available at the other restaurants owned by the Monens.
When the restaurant is ready to open and inspections and permits have been completed, an application will be made for a consumer beer permit so the brews can be served at the new restaurant.