Japanese concept eatery opening at Warehouse Row is a first for Chattanooga

Operating partner Jessica Benefield, left, plates food while chef Chris Maldonado cooks in the kitchen during a VIP event at new restaurant Two Ten Jack located in Warehouse Row in Chattanooga. The restaurant offers ramen dishes and Japanese pub-style food.

Billed as the first restaurant of its kind in Chattanooga, Two Ten Jack is slated to open soon and bring its Japanese pub-style izakaya concept to Warehouse Row.

Izakaya is a restaurant model where socializing and community gatherings happen. The concept premiered locally last year in Nashville.

Two Ten Jack, which is owned by Nashville restaurant group Seed Hospitality, had a VIP preview last week in the Scenic City.

Chattanooga was chosen as the restaurant's second location because of "the city's culture, which is vibrant, friendly and adventurous," according to Two Ten Jack officials.

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Two Ten Jack's arrival nearly rounds out Warehouse Row's available retail space, which is now 94 percent leased, according to property owners.