John Shearer: Chattanooga’s 1st Wendy’s Has Closed

Saturday, April 3, 2021 - by John Shearer
- photo by John Shearer

The first Wendy’s fast-food restaurant to open in Chattanooga over four decades ago has apparently closed.

 

The restaurant at 5200 Brainerd Road a short distance east of the Moore Road intersection is now boarded up. One online restaurant locator website has a statement from Wendy’s saying it has permanently closed.

 

If so, it marks the end of an era, as the first Wendy’s opened in 1976 in the same building that has only been moderately remodeled over the years.

That restaurant was also the first quick-service restaurant in Chattanooga to offer drive-through window pickup service as well.

 

The local Wendy’s restaurants were initially opened by local franchisee Ed Tenent after having been started in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, by Dave Thomas.
 
The restaurant when it first opened in Chattanooga was initially called Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers and was known for its “hot ‘n’ juicy” advertising slogan.
 
The second Wendy’s in Chattanooga was apparently at 4704 Rossville Blvd. and opened within a few months or so of the Brainerd one. A Wendy’s at that site is still operating.
 
In recent years, newer Wendy’s restaurants have had a more vertical look reflecting more modern architectural styles, a move done by other quick-service restaurants like McDonald’s.
 
The Brainerd one still had the classic original look.
 
Self-service salad bars were also popular aspects of the Wendy’s on Brainerd Road and at other stores in the early years.
 
- photo by John Shearer

R Market Shares Sweet Treats On Its Grand Opening In Ooltewah Wednesday

Food City Starbucks Has Grand Opening Friday

Grey Flower Deli At Apison Is A Family Affair


Nestled behind Ooltewah's Wired Coffee Bar on 5707 Main St., R Market (@theramblewoodmarket) is an artisan grocery store and lunch nook that features curated seasonal gifts, gourmet goodies, ... (click for more)

Food City will celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Starbucks café, located inside the Ooltewah-Ringgold Food City, Friday at 9 a.m. This marks the company’s 32nd Starbucks ... (click for more)

It is definitely a family affair at the Grey Flower Deli in Apison. Stacy and Kristy Hodges, operating in the former Hullander Grocery on London Lane, get frequent help from their son and ... (click for more)



Dining

R Market Shares Sweet Treats On Its Grand Opening In Ooltewah Wednesday

Nestled behind Ooltewah's Wired Coffee Bar on 5707 Main St., R Market (@theramblewoodmarket) is an artisan grocery store and lunch nook that features curated seasonal gifts, gourmet goodies, a robust sandwich menu, freshly baked breads from local bakeries, and more. Wednesday marked R Market's official grand opening, as visitors enjoyed bites of blueberry waffle, sips of apple ... (click for more)

Food City Starbucks Has Grand Opening Friday

Food City will celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Starbucks café, located inside the Ooltewah-Ringgold Food City, Friday at 9 a.m. This marks the company’s 32nd Starbucks location, with a number of others planned in the near future. Starbucks offers a wide assortment of blended hot and cold coffees and beverages, including seasonal favorites, as well ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Watts Bar Unit 1 Completes Scheduled Refueling, Maintenance Outage

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 returned to operation on Saturday, after completing a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage, and is again producing reliable, carbon-free energy. At its full generating capacity, the unit creates enough energy to power 650,000 homes. “Throughout the outage, our employees and contract partners maintained their ... (click for more)

Home In Birchwood Destroyed By Fire Saturday Evening

A home was destroyed Saturday evening in the Birchwood area. At 7:25 pm, the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 11306 Birchwood Pike. The first engine on the scene reported a fully involved residential fire. Once firefighters confirmed everyone was out of the house, they conducted a defensive attack to contain the fire to the one structure. ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Plight Of The Homeless - And Response (3)

I work very closely with the homeless population in our Chattanooga area. My son and I take around 50 meals a week to our friends living in the tent cities. On Wednesday at 9 a.m. I witnessed first hand the Tennessee Department of Transportation destroying everything - my friends' homes and all of their possessions. My friends in the tent cities have always told me that TDOT ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Albom On Oxford

I never got to know Mitch Albom back in my sports writer days. We covered some of the same events but other than an occasional “How ya doin’?” the only thing we had in common was he worked at the Detroit Free Press and I was at the Chattanooga News-Free Press. Then Mitch entered our hearts in 1967 with the wonderful book, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” and, man, he was off to the races. ... (click for more)