Location of new Lookout Mountain restaurant
Massey’s Kitchen, a new Mediterranean-inspired concept from SquareOne Holding Company, (SquareOne) is scheduled to open in the former Cafe on the Corner space on June 19 at 826 Scenic Highway at Lookout Mountain, Tn.
Massey’s Kitchen will offer a made-from-scratch menu with artisan breads, and a full bar.
Allen Corey, SquareOne’s founder and Lookout Mountain resident, said, “Our menu is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean Region, which has long celebrated fresh ingredients, friendly gatherings, shareable foods, and great drinks. We approached the menu in an informal way, allowing us a range from Italian, Spanish, and Greek inspired cuisine and a couple of traditional American items.”
He said SquareOne’s team traveled to Italy (Rome, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast) as part of the on-going effort to find unique offerings and authentic techniques to bring to Lookout Mountain.
Massey’s Kitchen will provide seated-service for lunch and dinner every day of the week as well as weekend brunch. In addition, Massey’s will also provide to-go and its own delivery service on Lookout Mountain.
The building is currently undergoing renovations. “We are removing interior walls and opening the exteriors in order to invite guests from the lively patio right into the energy of the kitchen and bar,” said Fletcher Thompson, a Lookout Mountain native and SquareOne partner and director of operations.
The kitchen will showcase a large artisan oven, and the dining room will feature a seated bar and chef’s table. The exterior patio will include new garage door openings and expansion of the outdoor space adjoining Scenic Highway.
The “Massey’s Kitchen” name pays tribute to the former Massey’s general store that occupied the exact same space for 50 years from the 1920s to 1970s. The historic general store was known for being the community gathering place that provided a personal touch to their customers by offering hand-delivered fresh food and an inviting place for friends and family to gather for any occasion.
The Massey brothers, Marvin, Henry, and Joe, had a positive impact on the community by advocating for Fairyland Elementary School, co-founding the Fairyland Golf Club, and running local businesses. “We hope to be a bridge for the generations on Lookout and honor a historic gathering place by creating a new concept with the same name and core customer service,” said Mr. Thompson.
Massey’s Kitchen and the SquareUp Foundation will be raising money and awareness to support the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Hematology and Oncology Clinic during the opening. The clinic will use the funds to purchase a new surgical procedure/infusion bed that is designed specifically for children undergoing treatments for diseases such as childhood leukemia.
“Children undergoing treatments could have as many as 25 sedated procedures in a two-year period, these beds provide the children with comfort in a stressful environment.” said James Holland, CFO at SquareOne Holding and local resident of Lookout Mountain. He and his wife April have a personal connection to this foundation as their son, Brewster, has been a patient at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger over the past two years.
“We are truly grateful to Massey Kitchen and the Square Up Foundation for supporting this need,” said Andrea Lyons, director of development for Corporate Partners at Erlanger Foundation. “About 92 percent of kids diagnosed with cancer in this region are treated at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Because of this generous gift from Massey Kitchen, the children, and families we serve will continue to receive compassionate, life-saving care close to home.”
SquareOne Holding Company is a Chattanooga-based restaurant group founded in 2013 by Lookout Mountain resident Allen Corey. SquareOne owns and operates full-service restaurants and breweries in Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina. In Chattanooga, SquareOne owns and operates Stir in the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo and State of Confusion on Main Street.
Learn more at squareoneholding.com About SquareUp Foundation In 2020, SquareOne formed the SquareUp Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity, to organize all of SquareOne’s charity partnerships and to administer the HOPE Fund. (Helping Our People in Emergencies) Across the Southeast, SquareOne’s charity partners focus on solving issues of homelessness, hunger, pediatric cancer, childhood literacy, and nature conservancy. The HOPE Fund pays grants to any of SquareOne’s 2,000+ restaurant Team Members facing sudden and damaging hardships. A selection committee composed entirely of servers, bartenders, hosts, dishwashers, and cooks from all SquareOne stores review and vote on each HOPE fund grant application. Learn more at squareupfoundation.org