Boneyard Bar is coming to downtown Chattanooga, Mariscos Vallarta at East Brainerd


March 4 – Two former businesses will soon have new life as places to grab a bite to eat or have a drink after the Chattanooga Beer & Wrecker Board approved applications for Mariscos Vallarta at East Brainerd and Boneyard Bar on Station Street.

Mariscos Vallarta will open in the former Shoney’s off Shallowford Village Drive near the Hamilton Place mall, and Boneyard Bar will open in a few months in the former Brinx warehouse on Station Street.

Alexandro Leon told the board during the bid process that Mariscos Vallarta will be a seafood and Mexican grill with a full bar open seven days a week. It will employ 20 people.

Jared Padovani said he and his two Boneyard partners are working to turn the 3,500 square foot location into a “neighborhood bar” with a variety of bar food, snacks and a full bar.

He told the board that he and his partners are aware of some of the issues that have recently made the news regarding the Beer Board and in particular The Blue Light, which has been cited for 10 violations since November. Blue Light is located next to The Comedy Catch and across from Regans and Westbound.

Boneyard will be on the same side of the street as the final two, and Padovani said he and his partners are “taking [security] very seriously.” The site will have a fence at the rear with a separate entrance and a gate and large planters at the front, as well as security guards at both entrances, he said.

Padovani said the space has a capacity of 144 guests and may host live music in the future, but has no plans to do so at this time.

In other business, the board approved beer licenses for two long-running fundraisers, both of which are moving to new locations due to COVID-19.

The Chattanooga Breakfast Rotary Club’s fifth Brew Skies Festival will take place March 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at AT&T Field and will feature 70 craft beers, food and live entertainment with Neon Moon and Over Easy. Weather permitting, vendors will be set up on the outfield warning track.

It had been held at Chattanooga Brewing Co. and Glenn Miller Gardens at Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Also, the Pink! The gala benefiting the CHI Memorial Foundation and the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center will take place on the same day and has moved to the First Horizon Pavilion, Chattanooga Convention Center. The evening will include silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner and dancing to Party on the Moon.

Contact Barry Courter at [email protected] or 423-757-6354. Follow him on Twitter @BarryJC.

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