Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / The newly-renovated Patten Square on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

If you can't find your groove Friday night at downtown Chattanooga's Nightfall, or maybe you want to continue your dancing ways when it's over, walk over a half-block or so to the newly renovated Patten Square and enjoy DJ SpinChilla.

After two years of construction, the newly renamed and renovated Patten Square, the part of the city next to the Chubb Building between Georgia Avenue and Lindsey Street, will officially open Friday with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. Businesses in the area will be offering lunch specials, beauty and hair demonstrations by staff at Millennial Nail Bar and prizes.

The street that runs through the square will still bear the name Patten Parkway, as the area was known for decades.

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Patten Square reopening Friday

Restaurants on Patten Square are Jack Brown Beer and Burger Joint, Lil Mama's Chicago Style Hoagy, Honest Pint and Mindy B's. In addition to law offices and apartments, the square is home to several other businesses with storefronts on the square including Five Leaf Wellness, Painted Lady Tattoo Parlor, Shyne Collective and the French Quarters Hair Salon.

The evening portion of the festivities will start at 8 p.m., according to Dawn Hjelseth, vice president of marketing and communication with River City Co., which is producing the grand reopening. The west end of the square near Georgia Avenue will be closed during the morning part of the event and the end near Lindsay Street will be closed in the evening.

This will allow for residents to access their homes during the day, Hjelseth said. She said the parkway was redesigned to allow for closing off the street and that River City plans to meet with business owners in the future to plan for more events in the fall.

Beer and wine will be available while the music is playing.

"Some people like to go to Nightfall early and then go to dinner, and they can stop by on their way, or they can come over after Nightfall ends [around 9:30 p.m.]," Hjelseth said.

River City President and CEO Emily Mack said it gives people more opportunities for downtown fun.

"The renovation of Patten Square provides us another opportunity to work alongside businesses and residents to create a new destination for music, entertainment and commerce," Mack said.

"I'm excited to see residents from all walks of life begin to program, activate and animate this unique and historic location," Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly said. "I'm grateful for all of the partners, funders and champions of Patten Square who made this project possible and for our local businesses and our community for their patience as we've worked to complete it. Patten Square is now a fully connected part of our downtown, and I look forward to seeing it thrive in the years to come."

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.