Family's new downtown Chattanooga shop is on the rise

photo Tom and Jennifer Bleasdale work the digital register at Go Bagel on Thursday. The Bleasdale family has opened up a new restaurant, headed up by siblings Tom and Jennifer, on Chestnut Street.

On a Friday afternoon in late October, Jennifer Bleasdale and her sister-in-law, Melissa Bleasdale, chatted with a customer as they prepared bagels.

Jennifer and her brother, Tom Bleasdale, opened Go Bagels as part of Project Pop Up, a River City Co.-sponsored business incubator at the corner of East M.L. King Boulevard and Chestnut Street.

Tom had just arrived from getting tools to fix a wobbly table. He was at work at 4 a.m., making bagels, including a new bacon and egg flavor.

"I think she wants Coke," he said when Jennifer reached for a coffee cup for a customer's drink.