Downtown Chattanooga's 212 Market site sold to Nashville restaurateurs

Downtown Chattanooga's 212 Market site sold to Nashville restaurateurs

August 15th, 2019 by Mike Pare in Business Around the Region

The 212 Market restaurant site on Market Street closed in 2017. The downtown property has been purchased by a pair of Nashville restaurant businessmen.

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

A high-profile site in downtown Chattanooga's riverfront that held an eatery for 25 years before closing in 2017 has been purchased by a couple of Nashville area restaurateurs.

The 212 Market restaurant location was bought by Curt and Mason Revelette for $1.35 million, according to a real estate transaction from the Hamilton County Register of Deeds.

The new owners declined to comment about their plans.

Chattanooga real estate broker Judy Webster of Keller Williams, who sold the property, said the site will hold a restaurant.

"They have several different restaurant styles," she said.

The brothers who made the purchase were behind the upscale Nashville area sports bar chain Jonathan's Grille, according to The Tennessean. Also, earlier this year, the brothers opened The Rutledge in Franklin, Tenn., calling it a twist to the standard American grill.

Amy Donahue, director of marketing and communications for the downtown nonprofit redevelopment group River City Co., said another restaurant makes sense for the site.

"We hear from people looking for sites and buildings that to put in a kitchen and equipment can be quite costly and in some cases cost prohibitive," she said.

Donahue added that the property also includes a parking lot.

The site was sold by the Sally Ann Moses Trust, Susan Laura Moses Trust, Margaret Elizabeth Doty Trust, Sarah Roses Moses Trust and the supplemental needs trust under the will of Frank Michael Moses, according to the Register of Deeds.

The 212 Market restaurant closed in April 2017, and the building has been up for sale since then.

At that time, the decision was due mostly to family reasons, said Sally Moses, who ran 212 Market with sister Susan Moses, the chef, and their mother Marquerite "Maggie" Moses, who had died in 2015.

"We've had a brother that was hurt badly, and we want to have a little more time to help him heal," Sally Moses said then.

The restaurant opened just prior to the nearby Tennessee Aquarium at a time when downtown was starting its renaissance.

Built in 1992 and designed by Chattanooga architect Frank McDonald, the two-level building features solar-electric panels on the roof, in the parking lot and over the upstairs balcony where people ate.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6318. Follow him on Twitter @MikePareTFP.


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