A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 28 – #26. Mealtime


Recently, mealtime found me at The Terminal Brewhouse on Market Street in a section in Chattanooga, TN known as the Southside, which is undergoing gentrification.

A little history: The Terminal Station (Choo-Choo) opened in December of 1909 and created an immediate need for a nearby hotel to give comfort to the weary travelers. The very next year The Stong building was built next door and The Terminal Hotel came to life soon after. The hotel featured steam-heated rooms, fancy for that era, with meals served all hours in a café. Legend holds that through the years the Stong building was home to speakeasies during prohibition, illegal casinos and even a house of ill repute.

Sometime in the early 1940’s Chester Davis, a porter at the Terminal Station, saved his tips and purchased the Stong building becoming one of the first black business owners in Chattanooga. The building stayed in his family, housing many different businesses. It was purchased in 2006 by local raconteur Joe Sliger who immediately began restoring the property. Not long after, he found a crew interested in this historic building. This band of visionaries had, coincidentally, a vision for the wonderful old building. The walls and rafters seemed to cry out to these rugged, brilliant men. “Beer” said the walls “amazing food” said the rafters and so an idea was born.
Terminal DSC_8417


Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

14 thoughts on “Week 28 – #26. Mealtime

  1. Lovely photo, Mary Nell! Well captured 🙂


  2. Excellent shot Mary Nell. Love the light trails.


    • Thanks, Tim. It is our favorite places to hang out in while we are in Chattanooga. I understand it was just auctioned as a result of the death of its owner. The sale called for “an unheard-of landlord benefit.”

      The building’s buyer secured a lease with The Terminal Brewhouse restaurant occupying the structure that includes 12 free, cold Rolling Rock beers a month for the next 12 years.

      That’s 1,728 cold ones over the lease term. Talk about an unusual landlord benefit! 🙂


  3. nicely captured and interesting history.


  4. Beautiful long exposure night shot. I so enjoy your posts about Chattanooga, so much history there.


    • Carolyn, if you haven’t visited Chattanooga, you may want to consider it sometime. It’s a very inexpensive flight out of St. Pete/Clearwater and only a one-hour flight. Lots of photo ops. Glad you enjoy my photos.


  5. Really like what you did with this!


  6. Great shot, and story. Gary


  7. I love the car trails and the starburst. Thanks for the history.


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