Crash Pad founders launch new downtown bar in Chattanooga

Crash Pad founders launch new downtown bar in Chattanooga

September 16th, 2012 by Ellis Smith in Business Around the Region

Ricky Porter, left, owner of Choice Concrete Walls Inc., and Mark Brakefield, general contractor and superintendent for The Strauss Company Inc., survey the concrete walls on a completed section of the construction project next to The Crash Pad, a hostel in downtown Chattanooga, on Wednesday. The Crash Pad is working on a new addition to the hostel environment: a quiet bar right next door.

Photo by Alyson Wright/Times Free Press.

Name: The Flying Squirrel.

Location: The new bar and restaurant will be located behind Niedlov's, off Main Street.

Status: One month into construction, workers have completed landscaping and patio areas. Within days, they will tackle the foundation and begin building vertically.

Completion date: Spring 2013.

Price: About $1 million to build the two-story, 3,500-square-foot structure.

Features: Crash Pad founders are building this neighborhood bar adjacent to their Main Street hostel, they say, in an effort to better serve the late-night and weekend crowd. Owners are careful to note that the Flying Squirrel won't be a sports bar or party place, but will be a quiet gathering spot focused on social interaction rather than television. It's designed to open up onto Johnson Street, rather than face the Crash Pad courtyard. This allows hostel guests to grab a late-night drink or go to bed early without either group disturbing the other, according to Max Poppel.

Concept: Small and intimate, the bar's design echoes the essence, if not the style, of the nearby Crash Pad. While the two won't be directly connected, the garden patio and 40 outdoor seats will maintain the location's connection with nature.

Design: Glass walls on three sides give way to a 25-foot-tall space held up with exposed steel trusses, timbers and duct work.

Contractor: The Strauss Co.