Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / The former Coyote Jack's building in Chattanooga's Southside is on the market.

A well-known building on Chattanooga's Southside that has served as a meat-packing plant, a restaurant and a nightclub is available for a new owner.

The building at 1400 Cowart St. last housed the Coyote Jack's nightclub, but is now vacant, according to Rudy Walldorf at Herman Walldorf Commercial.

The 11,200-square-foot structure originally was built as the Armour meat-packing plant. It was converted into a restaurant in 1985. That eatery, the Southside Grill, was a pioneer in the revitalization of downtown's Southside.


* Location: 1400 Cowart St.

* Sale price: $2.1 million

* Building size: 11,200 square feet

* Features: Located in Opportunity Zone

* For more information: Rudy Walldorf at Herman Walldorf Commercial

The building was upgraded again in 2007, and became Niko's Southside Grill. The building also housed another former restaurant, Bella Vita, and later the nightclub Coyote Jack's, owned by Ronnie Berke, uncle of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and Tammy Taylor. The building became the subject of a court battle when Coyote Jack's property owners, Cow Art LLC, terminated the nightclub's lease in October 2019 following concerns about violence at and around the location.

The main level has about 7,000 square feet, according to Walldorf, and interior finishes have been removed to the studs. The second floor has about 4,200 square feet with two half baths. There is also bonus space in the basement that's accessible from the dining area or street.