Local restaurant makes a difference in Red Bank


Some at Red Bank will remember the popular Sliger Block restaurant called the Dinner Party. It was a place where many gathered for a meal and was especially popular on Sundays when families went after church. A high quality restaurant does more than provide a meal, it connects the community.

Recently, the Clever Alehouse opened on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank. Within months, this place has already become a popular gathering place in a community that unfortunately lacks places where neighbors and visitors can gather and chat over tasty food and drink.

In the case of Clever, the three partners (Nelson Taylor, Jeff Schwenke and Jason Bowers) have years of success behind them with their other successful restaurants. I like their odds. I recently spoke with Nelson about their future plans and was delighted to hear of the continued construction of their outdoor space to include a canopy and an expanded beer garden area. Also, down the road, there will be an extremely limited expansion of their kitchen to fully support a more extensive menu. On a personal level, it’s great to have the Clever Alehouse a short walk from our home in the White Oak neighborhood.

Local restaurants are small businesses that often have very slim profit margins.

The chances of success for a small business are not great. Research shows that the risk of failure is higher than the chance of success. Yet a successful restaurant adds to the local economy by creating jobs, increasing the municipal tax base, and creating a place for social gathering.

I’ve heard people say that Red Bank needs more restaurants, especially ones that aren’t franchise chains in the fast food industry. It may come as a surprise to many that Red Bank already has at least 15 local restaurants. For comparison, there are 10 fast food options.

If you want to support our local Red Bank community in a fun and easy way, I encourage you to check out these local restaurants: Amigo’s, Be Caffeinated, Bread & Butter Bakery, Clever Alehouse, Crust Pizza, Dub’s Place, El Arca de Noe, Grand China , Lillie Mae’s Place, Mr. Burrito Grill, Pie R Square, Pizzeria Cortile, The Meeting House, Typhoon of Tokyo and the Red Bank-based Yummy Thai Food Truck.

Yes, we need more options and that goes some way to proving that starting a small business at Red Bank is a worthwhile investment. Entrepreneurs looking for a suitable location will take a close look at how the community supports what is already there.

Red Bank has many advantages for new businesses. Among them are:

· Proximity to downtown Chattanooga, Signal Mountain, Hixson and Soddy Daisy

· Relatively cheaper property and rent

· An integrated clientele of young families and educated retirees who crave new restaurants at Red Bank

· An opportunity to become an active participant in a community that values ​​local dining options.

We need to support our existing restaurants. I want people in our community to “buy Red Bank”. This means that if you plan to dine out (order takeout), consider our local options first. Invest your hard-earned dollars in Red Bank. Choose a local restaurant and create memories while supporting the economic development of your hometown.


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