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Staff photo by Tim Barber/ Guadalupe Bravo, right, and Melissa Bravo sit in front of the signature mural inside Mezcla Cocina y Cantina in preparation of opening in the BridgeView building at Cherokee Boulevard and North Market Street in January.

This story was updated Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at 11 p.m. with more information.

Guadalupe and Melissa Bravo weren't born in Chattanooga, but they've moved from Atlanta to live in the Scenic City and open their new North Shore restaurant.

The couple both have backgrounds in the restaurant business, and their new eatery, Mezcla, which means mixture in Spanish, will combine the knowledge and skills they bring to the business that will serve a Mexican fare.

Also, Guadalupe Bravo said the name points to a blend of cuisine, cocktails and ideas for the restaurant.

Mezcla Cocina y Cantina is slated to open in early January at the busy corner of North Market Street and Cherokee Boulevard in the ground floor of the BridgeView building. The site previously held the Full Moon American Burger and Bar, which closed in late 2017.

The Bravos are remaking the location, which will hold about 150 patrons, into their own. A large, colorful mural is on the rear wall in the center of the restaurant. Multi-colored chairs will liven the atmosphere. They're also utilizing artwork from local and out-of-town artists, they said.

Melissa Bravo said they came to Chattanooga about three years ago for the day and were struck by the city.

"We knew we wanted to be here," she said. "We like the size. There are a ton of outdoor activities."

They came up in May looking for a restaurant location. While eyeing another site, they found the BridgeView. The building holds several floors of condominiums above commercial ground floor space, including a SunTrust Bank branch.

Jay Adams, the executive chef, said the restaurant menu will offer "modern Mexican food."

"We'll take a lot of traditional things and update it for 2020," he said. "We'll push the boundaries of what Mexican food is in the South."

Plans are to change the menu four times a year based on the seasons, Adams said.

Guadalupe Bravo, whose family is in the restaurant business, said Mezcla will sell beers and traditional Mexican cocktails, but offer other drinks as well.

"We're going for high-quality cocktails," he said, noting it will provide fresh juices.

His wife said they like the neighborhood feel of the North Shore.

"It will be fun and funky," she said of the restaurant, adding they want people to feel comfortable and are staying away from the term fine dining.

For parking, they plan take the cost off of the bill for those who've used the public lots just behind and beside the building, she said.

Her husband said they're also looking at offering valet parking.

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

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