Station Street sees successes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – On Thursday, people gathered on Station Street for First Thursday.

“We have an extended happy hour and food, beverage, bluegrass music, all kinds of entertainment for all ages,” Stir Restaurant General Manager Don Lyle said.

It was the second First Thursday.

Last month, the free event brought in around 1,000 people to Station Street seeking entertainment.

And, that’s right on par with what some businesses want for the area.

“The change in this area has been incredible. It’s definitely the new entertainment center for Chattanooga which is what we envisioned it to be, and it just continues to grow as more businesses start coming on board,” Lyle said.

Stir Restaurant is one of eight businesses on the street.

Lyle said they’ve been there since November 2015.

Newer to the street are Regan’s Place and Westbound Bar.

The bars came to the location last October.

“We cater to you know older crowds, we have a bunch of college kids that have come in, but we have gotten a lot more business in this location,” Regan’s Place and Westbound Bar General Manager Suzanne Hiett said.

Events and new businesses have helped create more foot traffic.

What also may have helped is the move that made it legal for people to carry alcoholic drinks on the street.

Earlier this year, it became a street that allows open-containers.

“We’re the first place in Chattanooga to be able to do that, and we’re trying to create this entertainment district kind of in the likes of a Beale Street, something to that effect. So that’s really our goal going forward,” Lyle said.

Lyle said moving forward more growth is on the way for the area.

“We have a few more businesses on the slate, coming. It’s going to be really exciting in the next couple of years, and we just want this to be a place where people can gather together,” Lyle said.

He added that they’re hoping to expand allowing open-containers to an area beyond Station Street.

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