Restaurant Review: Bridgeman's Chophouse offers prime cuts of beef in prime downtown Chattanooga location

The stock used for Bridgeman's French onion soup is made in-house.

If you go

› Where: Bridgeman’s Chophouse in the Read House, 107 M.L. King Blvd.› Hours: 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday› Price range: $18-$80 entrees› Alcohol: Full bar.› Phone: 423-643-1240.› Website: www.bridgemanschophouse.com.

The Read House has been a Tennessee treasure since the property was developed at the corner of Broad Street and what is now M.L. King Boulevard. In 1847, it opened its doors to guests as the Crutchfield House; but, in 1867, after surviving floods and the Civil War, the building burned. It was rebuilt and reopened as the Read House. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The hotel's recent $25 million renovation is dramatic, taking it back to its glory days of the 1920s in some aspects, while adding much-needed modern updates to rooms.