Bitter Alibi in downtown Chattanooga expands into former Coin-Op space

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Since opening in 2014, the Bitter Alibi on Houston Street has been a popular spot for people looking for a craft beer or cocktail and delicious food. What it hasn’t been is a place where large groups of friends or family gather around a table.

Owner Jason Bowers hopes he found a solution, and he didn’t have to go far to find it.

Bowers plans to spend the next few months renovating the old The Coin-Op Arcade on ML King Boulevard in downtown Chattanooga. Although the two spaces have different addresses, they are just around the corner from each other and essentially share the same spaces behind each building and Bowers has already used the 32-seat terrace space, and when the city opens. from restaurants to patrons, he hopes to use the indoor space for bands, as well as live music and events.

“We are reworking the bar and cleaning the tables and chairs and plan to have the mics and music open,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but it never made sense in Bitter.

“It’s exciting for me because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

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Bitter Alibi expands in the Coin-Op space

He also plans to use the space as a sort of incubator, allowing guest bartenders and chefs to test their skills on a temporary basis. He hasn’t finalized what he’ll call it.

“We will also be offering items from our menu at Bitter.”

This menu includes a variety of Americanized foods from around the world such as edemame, Asian-influenced fries, Wonton nachos, noodles and a dish called Seoul Train with slow-cooked pork, potatoes, cabbage. curly, Sambal pickles, sesame seeds and a hard-boiled egg dish.

Bitter Alibi has two bars, two front porches and a patio as part of its 3,000 square feet spread over three floors. The new space gives it another patio and bar in addition to the 1,500 square feet of space.

The Coin-Op space inside the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex is still operational.

Last week, the founders of Slim & Husky Pizzeria announced they would be opening a store at 401 EML King Blvd, two blocks east of Bitter Alibi as part of a new project along the street. historical. Bowers said he hopes the area, which also includes several breweries such as Odd Story and Hutton & Smith and restaurants such as Champy’s, Chatt’s Smokehouse and Memo’s Grill, will see even more growth in the months and years to come. .

Contact Barry Courter at [email protected] or 423-757-6354.

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