Co-Op Frose and Eatery to open in North Chattanooga

A popular cafe at Sullivan's Island near Charleston, South Carolina, is bringing its beachfront atmosphere, flavored frose, dollar coffee drinks, gourmet sandwiches and a variety of breakfast entrees to Chattanooga's Riverview area next month.

The Co-Op Frosé and Eatery plans to open a 1,000-square-foot storefront in the Riverview shopping center on Dorchester Road in the first week of July. Although the newest Co-Op Frosé will be more than 400 miles from the ocean, the Riverview store will still feature a beachfront vacation atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating.

"It's a very laid-back beach cafe," said Jenny Beckham, a marketing director for Co-Op Frosé. "Some people come in for the coffee and some come in for the frose and some for our gourmet sandwiches and other items."

A frose is a sweet alcoholic drink made from frozen wine, fruit and a little sweetener, usually whirled together in a blender, Beckham said.

She said the owners see Chattanooga as a growing market similar to Charleston, Austin, Texas, and Nashville and picked the Riverview location "because we love this area and the surrounding restaurants."

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From its start a decade ago in Charleston County, South Carolina, the growing business has added cafes around Charleston at the Isle of Palms, Kiawah and downtown Charleston and is expanding this year to Summerville, South Carolina, and two locations in the Nashville area, in addition to Chattanooga.

"Chattanooga is such an amazing city, and we cannot wait to be a part of this community," owner Jess Patterson said in an announcement of its newest cafe. "We have met so many great people during this time and are looking forward to spending even more time in Chattanooga doing our favorite thing: slinging frose and delicious sandwiches."

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Similar to other Co-Op Frosé storefronts, the Riverview unit will also have a frose trailer for parties, weddings and other special events to serve its drinks and food on location.

The Co-Op menu features local coffee, gourmet sandwiches, wine, beer and eight flavors of the cafe's specialty drink, frose. The Co-Op Chattanooga also will serve the business's ever-popular Cali turkey made with turkey, bacon, avocado, sprouts, tomato and herb cream cheese on toasted wheat, along with delicious breakfast options like whipped ricotta toast with local honey.

The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, Beckham said.

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