SideTrack restaurant opens in Hixson

SideTrack restaurant is seen at 3514 Hixson Pike on Monday, Oct. 2, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

SideTrack Restaurant, restaurateur Lawton Haygood's latest - and last - addition to the Chattanooga area's restaurant scene, opens for business today in Hixson.

Tonight's opening comes after four trial runs in which people were invited to eat free so SideTrack's staff could get the hang of the restaurant in a renovated space at 3514 Hixson Pike near Lupton Drive at the site of what was built as a Huddle House and used by two subsequent diners that went under: Hillbilly's and The Hixson Pike Diner.

"An hour into the [first] night, we found out they wired our dishwasher wrong," said Haygood, who made his mark on the Chattanooga area's restaurant scene as the creator of Sugar's Ribs, the Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar and Canyon Grill, an upscale destination on the far side of Lookout Mountain.