The BLVD is a grassroots organization working under a nonprofit called ELLA Library. The group seeks to improve safety, transportation, aesthetics, and business along Rossville Blvd. The corridor begins at the I-24 overpass and continues 2.2 miles south to the Georgia state line. The corridor has a rich Hispanic culture which The BLVD plans to highlight with a taco tour from Sept, 18 through Oct. 2. Seven restaurants will participate including Miss G’s, El Gallo Giro, La Familia, Taqueria La Delicia, Amigos, Tacos Las Chula, and Huerto Fruteria.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is in September and celebrates the contributions, cultures, and histories of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The BLVD wants to celebrate the month by inviting the community to a taco tour featuring Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine. Executive Director Heather Herweyer says, “part of our heart with this work of revitalizing Rossville Blvd is to engage the Latino community. We value the community and we know how important their culture is to the residents living nearby. It’s time to let them shine and show us what the corridor has to offer.” Each of the restaurants will feature a unique taco for $2.50 available for two weeks. Miss G’s owner Guillermina Solana-Chala is excited to highlight the boulevard’s corridor, saying, “we are happy to be part of such a great celebration and excited to participate.” All restaurants will have to-go options and hand sanitizing stations for the convenience and safety of the community.
The Rossville Boulevard corridor dates to 1907 and is a major connector facilitating transportation and commerce between Chattanooga and North Georgia’s surrounding communities. Despite the significance to the local economy, the surrounding commercial district and neighborhoods have been largely neglected over the past several decades.
Rossville City Councilman Michael Hicks says it is exciting that The BLVD is working to improve the area. He said, “They are an inspiring bunch and match the City of Rossville’s enthusiasm for raising both of our communities up together, united across state lines, to create more opportunity for our citizens and businesses. I hope this is just the beginning and that we have many more collaborative projects together on the horizon.”