Chattanooga, is growing and thriving, and one of its most exciting areas is Southside. This up and coming neighborhood is located just a short distance from downtown and is known for its new restaurants, homes, and businesses.
The History of Southside:
The Southside Historic District is home to the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a hotel and business complex centered on the early-1900s Terminal Station. In 1973, the Terminal Station was almost completely destroyed, and with it history that dated back before the Civil War! But some local businessmen knew the history and the with the popular song "Chattanooga Choo Choo", they knew this could be huge for the city. Enter, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, a premier vacation destination. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel is considered one of Chattanooga's first historic preservation projects.
A Thriving Food Scene:
Southside is quickly becoming known for its delicious and diverse food scene. From Southern comfort food at Bluegrass Grill, to international cuisine at Conga Latin Food or Bollywood Tacos, the area offers a wide range of options for any taste. The new restaurants are attracting both locals and visitors. Whether you're in the mood for brunch, a quick bite, or a fine dining experience like at Alleia’s, Southside has something for everyone.
New Homes & New Business Opportunities:
In addition to its food scene, Southside is also growing in terms of real estate. New homes and developments are popping up everywhere, providing residents with new opportunities to live in the heart of the city. With Finley Stadium; home to The University of Tennessee Chattanooga Moccasins and the Chattanooga Football Club; you've got a premier location for new restaurants, local breweries, and late night spots for everyone.
An Annual Festival:
Southside is also home to Mainx24, an annual festival that celebrates the
neighborhood's small businesses, local resident’s, and the surrounding community. It allows them to showcase their products, services, local outreach programs, as well as the fun loving nature of their residents. This event provides an opportunity for the community to come together and learn about the local businesses in the area.
Overall, Southside has come a long way from an unutilized part of town. Many residents who have been around for a few years are surprised at how fast it’s grown and how it has become its own area of town. With its delicious food scene, the historic Choo Choo, and annual festival, Southside is a place where residents and visitors alike can enjoy the best that the city has to offer. So why not come and experience the exciting Southside for yourself!