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

Mar. 4—Two former businesses will soon get new lives as places to grab a bite to eat or get a drink after the Chattanooga Beer & Wrecker Board approved applications for Mariscos Vallarta in East Brainerd and Boneyard Bar on Station Street.

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

Alexandro Leon told the board during the application 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 partners with Boneyard are working to turn the 3,500-square-foot location into a "neighborhood bar" with a variety of bar foods, snacks and a full bar.

He told the board that he and his partners were aware of some of the issues in the news lately 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 the street from Regans and Westbound.

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

Padovani said the space has the capacity for 144 guests and it could host live music in the future, but currently has no plans to do so.

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

The fifth Chattanooga Breakfast Rotary Club's Brew Skies Festival is set for March 12 from noon-4 p.m. at AT&T Field and will feature 70 craft beers, food and live entertainment with Neon Moon and Over Easy. If weather permits, the vendors will be set up on the outfield warning track.

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

Also, the Pink! Gala to benefit CHI Memorial Foundation and the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center will be the same day and has moved to First Horizon Pavilion, from the Chattanooga Convention Center. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and dancing to Party on the Moon.

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