By Cari Gervin
Community News Writer
With the boom of new restaurants opening just across the river, North Chattanooga residents have been wondering if they would ever get one on this side of the bridges.
The wait is over.
Foodworks Riverside (no relation to the defunct gourmet shop on Frazier Avenue) opened May 31. Just a few days later business was already booming.
The large venue at the end of the old Signal Knitting Mill fully takes advantage of its industrial space, which co-owner Scott Adams said was the plan —; a plan that took over a year to orchestrate.
Working with an engineer, Mr. Adams and his partners, Travis Brady and chef Troy Sutton, created an open two-story restaurant that seats over 200 people while utilizing as much of the original space as possible.
Three-hundred-year-old ash flooring has been preserved in places, and the old vault is now the wine cellar, which the bar is built around. The archways serve as “windows” for second-floor diners to look at the goings-on below.
Mr. Adams said the three men wanted to create a casual fine-dining experience unlike anything else in Chattanooga. He said the retro-industrial feel gives character to the restaurant, and the paintings by local artists like Lisa Norris and Brent Sanders add to the community feel.
With a name like Foodworks, one would hope that some thought has been put into the food too. Indeed, the menu has fresh offerings for Chattanooga —; items like a Southern spring roll filled with barbecue pork and greens, a lobster and shitake pizza on a Boursin crust and a horseradish crusted salmon.
Mr. Adams said he worked on the menu with Mr. Sutton to come up with fresh, bold flavors.
“We wanted to have a globally influenced American palate,” Mr. Adams said.
Mr. Adams worked as the dining room manager at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club before opening Foodworks. Previously, he worked in Atlanta and opened restaurants like Nickiemoto’s (a hip, always packed sushi bar).
Mr. Sutton was the head chef at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. But no country club food is on the menu, unless you count the Caesar salad.
In a move certain to be welcomed by younger residents of the North Shore, Mr. Adams noted that Foodworks also offers a late-night menu, which is just a more limited version of the full menu —; i.e., no bar food.
Despite the ongoing road construction on Manufacturers Road, one can assume that the summer business will work well for Foodworks.
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Foodworks Riverside, 205-C Manufacturers Road, is open at 11 a.m. daily. The full menu is available until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A late-night menu is available until 12 a.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. Reservations are recommended for large parties and suggested for evenings —; 752-7487.