Chattanooga says goodbye to Enzo's Market, hello to Grocery Bar

Chattanooga says goodbye to Enzo's Market, hello to Grocery Bar

May 30th, 2014 by Ellis Smith in Local - Breaking News

Images from Enzo's Market Facebook page show the exterior of the store on Long Street.

Say goodbye to Enzo's Market. The Southside grocery store will disappear after June 7.

In its place, new majority owner Daniel Lindley plans to open a new concept called the Grocery Bar by the end of June.

Lindley, who bought a majority stake in the grocery store - the first on Chattanooga's Southside - after selling his interest in upscale eatery St. John's, has promised to "help reinvigorate" the store. Lindley says there will be house-made pantry staples, a chef-curated grocery selection, as well as bars. Lots of bars.

The Grocery Bar will feature a juice bar, a coffee bar, a butcher bar, a cheese bar, a sandwich bar, a pizza bar, a hot bar and a raw bar, according to an announcement posted online.

"My very talented team and I have made it our goal to maintain the best parts of the store, while re-imagining what a community grocery can be for the modern home cook," Lindley wrote. "We plan to offer high-quality groceries and prepared foods at reasonable prices. We want the act of shopping for food and eating to be social, local and simplified."

Sam Turner, former president of Favorite Markets, remains a minority owner of the new entity with Eric Cummings, though former partner Gavin Thomas has sold his stake in the business, Turner said.