Photo Contributed by the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics / Physicians and other leaders in the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics shovel dirt during a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new ambulatory surgery center being built at Tyner and Walker roads along Interstate 75.

A new 50-year lease for the Chattanooga Zoo, an $18.7 million surgery center in Tyner and one of the largest new apartment complexes proposed for the Brainerd area are just a few of the many business developments and announcements from the month of May.

Here's a look at the recent business trends this past month in the Chattanooga area:


What's opening

Real Good Smokehouse opened in late May at 221 Market St. The restaurant is in the former Rhythm & Brews space, and will focus on a variety of smoked foods.

Burger Republic, a Nashville-based restaurant chain, opened its first eatery outside Middle Tennessee at 203 West Aquarium Way. In addition to non-burger items, the eatery serves 20 craft beers, including more than half a dozen from local breweries.

The Up Down, a new bar serving mainly coffee, lemonade and small food items, opened at the Moxy hotel on King Street. The bar uses roasted beans from Chattanooga's Mad Priest Coffee Roasters, as well as lemonade with specialty nitro varieties.


What closed

Olive Branch Mediterranean Foods closed in East Ridge at the end of April, according to a Facebook post from the business.

Mojo Burrito announced in a Facebook post in late April that its Red Bank location would be closed until further notice.


What's expanding

TailGate Brewery, a Nashville-based brewery, will expand to Chattanooga in the former Terminal Brewhouse near the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Market Street.

The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics LLC has begun building an $18.7 million complex in Tyner to expand and replace the center's existing surgery suites in downtown Chattanooga.

Portofino's Greek & Italian Restaurant will be expanding with a second restaurant location at 6407 Ringgold Road. The new space will be between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet and will have an upstairs with a bar, dining area and a patio.

Conversant Group, a Chattanooga-based information technology firm, has started Fenix24, a firm designed to help businesses recover from data breaches.

Five Star Food Service announced in May it would be expanding and relocating its headquarters to downtown Chattanooga at 412 East 10th St.

Chattanooga State Community College plans to relocate and boost its truck driving training program to 300 students a year. The expansion will be aided by a $12.2 million grant from the state.

The site of an abandoned textile mill is being cleaned up and reshaped into a $180 million residential neighborhood known as Mill Town.


Announced developments

A new eatery, Miller's Ale House, and an eyewear store, My Eyelab, are planned to open in Hixson outside Northgate Mall.

One of the largest new apartment complexes is proposed for the Brainerd area. The complex will hold 336 apartments at 1558 Vance Road.

About $200 million in new housing, which includes single-family homes, apartments and senior living, is proposed in a plan to develop an East Brainerd site.

Red Wolves owner Bob Martino and city officials broke ground in May on Nooga Live, a new dining and entertainment center to be built around the CHI Memorial soccer stadium.

Construction began in May at the Jordan Crossing development near Camp Jordan on the newest sports-themed restaurant known as Twin Peaks.

The city of Chattanooga extended the life of the Chattanooga Zoo in May with the passage of a 50-year lease on the property.

— Compiled by Kiara Green