Another bar, The Blue Light, will be opening in the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, at 43 Station St. It got approval to sell beer from the city’s beer board on Thursday.
The bar will also have a small menu of food with around 10 selections, especially for Sunday brunch. The Blue Light will be in part of the former Songbirds venue. The smaller bar and lounge area will be separated from a large space where a restaurant is planned in the future.
The capacity of The Blue Light will be somewhere between 200 and 250, said owner Brian Joyce. The unusual name, he said, has no meaning, only that it is named after a little pub in the mountains in Ireland that he has always liked. The new bar will be opening in the next few weeks.
Old Gillman Grill, 216, W. 8th St., was approved for a consumer beer license on the third appearance before the board. A new permit was needed because of a change in management/ownership.
On Thursday, manager Rob Stickley clarified that the change was actually for the organization that will manage the bar, and that the owners will remain the same. Byron Defoor, Ken Defoor, Ansley Blake Defoor and Georgia Arlyn Hancock still own the business.