Tap room coming to Brainerd Road near Missionary Ridge joins businesses adding new life to area

Photo by Barry Courter / Seth Fields is the new owner of Hatch Outfitters on Brainerd Road. The full service shop offers rods, reels, classes, clothing and now a beer bar.

The row of businesses along Brainerd Road near the Missionary Ridge tunnels continues to be in flux. Gone in recent weeks is the popular Flaming Rooster restaurant at the corner of South Seminole and Brainerd, but Elea Blake Cosmetics moved into the same strip of buildings in May.

They relocated from their previous location on Chestnut Street to space owned by Eddie Gannon at 3238 Brainerd Road. In addition, fly-fishing specialists Hatch Outfitters opened across the street at 3227 Brainerd Road in 2019 and now has new ownership. Black Cat tap room will open next door in the next couple of weeks.

Both are in a building owned by Nathan Hefner, who moved his Chattanooga Gutter Company into one of the three downstairs spaces before opening Hatch. He sold it to Seth Fields in April.