Entrepreneur, military veteran and Chattanooga native Chris Calhoun is bringing a taproom to St. Elmo.
After 20 years in the Marine Corps, work in other ventures and stints overseas doing special forces contract work, he came back to Chattanooga-and the time was right for his business.
“Chattanooga had blown up,” he said.
The Tap House will be in the building where Tennessee Bouldering Authority is located, near 1885 Grill.
It will take up about 2,100 square feet on the first floor of the building.
There will be 30 taps, including rotating local beers and others from around the world.
He’s looking at opening in late March or mid-April.
He has plans to be involved with the community, such as working with the Homebrewers Association, and wants to host trivia nights and have events, such as viewings of Chattanooga Football Club games.
He’s also open to running events out of the space, which has a patio.
With the new section of the Riverwalk nearby, it could also be a place to stop before or after a group walk or bike ride, he said.
“[I want it to be] a place for people to come together and get out and enjoy the outdoors,” he said.
There will be light food options, such as meat and cheese plates, hummus, flavored popcorn, and nuts. And he’s got a deal with Mr. T’s Pizza, which is nearby. Customers will be able to pick from two pizza types and have it delivered to the new taproom.
The feeling of the taproom will be rustic and industrial.
“The inside is all reclaimed materials from the building,” he said.
Calhoun said he loves that the old building is being renovated instead of destroyed, and he appreciates the history of the building.
“We’ll have memorabilia displayed from the building’s history,” he said.
Updated @ 10:06 a.m. on 3/10/17 to correct a typographical error: The business will be about 2,100 square feet, not 21,000, as originally reported.