Longtime Restaurant Meat Supplier In South Chattanooga Going Out Of Business

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A longtime meat supplier in South Chattanooga is going out of business - leaving family restaurants like the nearby Zarzour's and Nikki's Drive-In in North Chattanooga scrambling to find a new supplier.

Southern Provisions, located at the dead end of Rossville Avenue off Main Street, will be closing soon.

Restaurant operators said they were told that the current owners, Scott and Pat McHenry, "were offered a deal they could not refuse by people who are building houses around them.

" There has been a wave of new houses going up in the Jefferson Heights community.

Another reason cited was the cost of upkeep on the old meat supply building.

It is slated to be torn down and the site occupied by new homes.

The Kelly family long operated Southern Provisions until it was sold to the McHenrys some 10 years ago.

Those in the business said the number of companies in Chattanooga providing fresh meat keeps declining.

Still in the business are A&B Food Distributors on Greens Lake Road and Southeastern Meat on Airways Boulevard.

Brad and Steve Grant took over A&B Food Distributors from their father. The business does not cut meat as do Southern Provisions and Southeastern Meat, but sells meat in large pieces.

Southeastern Meat, operated by the Wolfe family, has some 12 employees. Officials said they hope to pick up some of the business now handled by Southern Provisions. The firm cuts steak and grinds beef and has delivery trucks.   


Local Restaurants Team Up To Fight HIV

Local restaurants are encouraging families to help make a difference by enjoying a meal with family or friends during Dining Out For Life, an event to be held on Thursday.  During this annual event, patrons can dine at one of the participating restaurants in the Chattanooga area and that restaurant will donate a portion of the day's proceeds to fund HIV/AIDS care, prevention, ... (click for more)

Christopher Coats Named Top Steak Master In Regional Competition

Chattanooga native and current resident Christopher Coats, culinary team member at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Chattanooga, was recognized as the regional winner of the company’s Steak Master Series competition. This honor is bestowed upon the top performing culinary team members in the company. He is one of just 60 team members from LongHorn Steakhouse to achieve this distinction. ... (click for more)

Large Hole Develops In Lane Of I-24 Eastbound Over Chestnut Street; Emergency Repair Undertaken

A large hole developed in the I-24 eastbound bridge over Chestnut Street in Chattanooga on Sunday evening. Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said, "The hole is such that we are having to close a lane to protect traffic.  This will cause a significant backup in traffic, especially given the holiday.  "This is the same bridge, but different location that we recently did an emergency ... (click for more)

12 Lost Hikers Rescued At Rainbow Lake, Edwards Point

Eleven adults and a child were briefly lost at Rainbow Lake and Edwards Point trails on Signal Mountain on Sunday. A 911 call was made at 9:45 p.m. from one of the hikers reporting the group lost sunlight hiking out of the trails at Edwards Point. Th Signal Mountain Fire Department and the Walden's Ridge Emergency Services have responded to the scene to ... (click for more)

Parking Discrimination Downtown

Many taxpayers who reside in Chattanooga (but outside Chattanooga's core) feel left behind when it comes to neighborhood paving, sidewalks, policing, streetscaping, street sweeping, public transportation, and other services. Some think most tax dollars are spent on downtown and not in their neighborhoods. It's not as if they can't vicariously experience the largesse of downtown. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Nameless Ghost

One hundred years ago the United States was at war. The most intense fighting during World War I was on what was called The Western Front. The Germans wanted to invade France from the north and in order to do it, they had to push through Flanders province in Belgium. It has been described as a hell unequalled in raw hand-to-hand combat, In just four months on Flanders fields, ... (click for more)