published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Beer board says sales would be OK at proposed East Brainerd steakhouse near church


by Naomi Jagoda

The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board voted unanimously this morning to provide a letter to developers confirming that plans for a steakhouse in an East Brainerd development would not be too close to a church to allow a beer permit.

A proposed mixed-use development at Shallowford Road and Lifestyle Way would include an Embassy Suites and a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, said Mike Price, who works for the development’s engineering company.

The steakhouse, which plans to sell beer, would be near New Hope Presbyterian Church, but the plan is to build the steakhouse so that its regularly used doors would be more than 500 feet away.

Price wanted the board to confirm that such a layout would make the steakhouse eligible to receive a permit before construction starts.

City Councilman Jack Benson said at the Beer Board meeting that no one from the church or in the community has objected to the steakhouse.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Salsa said...

Just don't try to get approval for any pancakes.

December 1, 2011 at 1:17 p.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

Great. Now the on-ramp from I-75 South to Shallowford Road will be backed up even further. Last evening, we saw several close calls where cars were almost plowed over. Why the city can't figure out a solution to this deadly probem is beyond me. How about syncing up the lights along Shallowford a little better so that traffic isn't backed up ON THE INTERSTATE at peak times?

Of course, the planning of the Hamilton Place area has been bungled from the beginning. The city let all of these hotels, shopping establishments, restaurants, etc., keep going up despite the fact that the roads can't really handle it. Great planning their Chattanooga! Then you've got Igou Gap Road...don't bet me started.

December 1, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
Humphrey said...

why is there a law that there is no beer sales within 500 feet of a church? How can a church control business that is not on their property? Why can they be singled out for such? How is such a law separation of church and state?

December 1, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Ruth's Chris Steak House plates are hot as hell when they get to your table, and the stakes are devilishly delicious. Maybe that's the problem.

December 1, 2011 at 7:24 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

The Church should move if they don't like the neighborhood.

December 1, 2011 at 9:52 p.m.
fiberopguy said...

Its in East Brainerd. Go figure.. Bizness === Moolah. The city of course Im sure puts money before God. Wait a sec isnt that what all big city and government officials do anyways lololol I hate the traffic around there. Oh well its not going to get better til flying cars and hover boards come out.

December 1, 2011 at 9:55 p.m.
BravesDave said...

"Of course, the planning of the Hamilton Place area has been bungled from the beginning." (via "ChattanoogaVol") Says you. Are you a shopping center developer, civil engineer, land planner or land surveyor? The development plan in that area was well implemented and has been a boon to the local economy since 1987. Stick with something you know about.

December 2, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.
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