published Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

City Beat: Warehouse Row getting izakaya-style eatery

Warehouse Row and the city are getting a new restaurant. Nashville-based Two Ten Jacks, an izakaya and ramen house, will open its second location there in the basement food-court area.

It has been described as a Japanese-inspired neighborhood pub. Izakaya is a type of Japanese casual bar that offers a mixture of drinks and food. The website for the Nashville location says it features "kodawari ramen, yakitori (skewers and grilled items), sushi selections and other Japanese-inspired pub comfort food that incorporates local, Southern ingredients."

The 4,800-square-foot, full-service restaurant is set to open in late fall and will take up the spaces once occupied by Crave, Southern Burger and an adjoining long-empty space.

■ We announced the lineup for the Southern Brewers Festival last week, and it made me realize what a big deal it has become. Getting moe. or Gov't Mule to play here is a big deal all on its own. Getting them both is even bigger. Expanding the event to two days is bigger still.

The festival, set for Aug. 22-23, has been around for 20 years, and it quietly has become a nationally recognized event, mostly as a beer festival, but the music has become a big draw as well. Music and beer are a good pairing, after all. It seems odd to describe something that drew around 15,000 people last year and netted $193,000 for charity as quiet, but it doesn't get near the attention of events like Riverbend, 4 Bridges Arts Festival, Nightfall or even Wine Over Water.

I don't think there is anything sinister here, as all of them are quality events and deserve attention, but thinking about where it ranks made me realize that we have a lot of signature-type events for a city our size.

The sheer size of Riverbend makes it stand out, but you also have Nightfall, which runs from spring to fall, as does the Chattanooga Market, which gets bigger and bigger every week. Throw in events like Pops on the River, MainX24, the Celebration of Southern Lit, 3 Sisters Music Festival, Head of the Hooch and the new Chattanooga Film Festival, and you have a whole bunch of events that could easily serve as a city's signature event.

Brew Fest is right up there with them all when it comes to being a big-time event that makes us look good.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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