Monday, March 23, 2009

Some Local Food News

A mighty blow to a food market that is, frankly, already weak: BiLo files for bankruptcy. I think this is Chattanooga's largest grocer. They are hoping to keep their stores open.

And this from Kelly and Blackwell of Caffeine (for those who haven't been, this is one of the top sandwich places in town!):
We have made the decision to move Caffeine in with Blacksmith's Bistro (our sister restaurant in St. Elmo). I know that this comes as a great shock to all of you who have been loyal supporters of us down on MLK, but due to the current economic situation and the recent raise in our rent at that location, the decision really became inevitable. We will have the same great quality and freshness y'all have come to expect from us, with most of the menu moving over as well. The hours for Caffeine's Lunch @ Blacksmith's will be Tues through Sat 11AM - 5PM starting March 31. So come down and see us at our new location in St Elmo!!!
This is sad news for us downtown dwellers, since the MLK location was so convenient. But their sandwiches are definitely worth the drive down Broad Street and in these tough economic times, I'm happy to hear they made a decision that will keep them in business!

6 comments:

june said...

Gosh, Bi-Lo's been around forever...it'll be so strange not to see them around any more....

Bill said...

Bi-Lo could learn a thing or two (or twelve) from the grocery wonderland that is Publix. The store in Hixson might be my favorite grocery store ever, anywhere -- and I was spoiled food-wise growing up in the northeast.

Sandy on Signal said...

I agree with Bill. Publix is a much better store; unfortunately, it is too far from where I live to frequent it. I think their bakery and produce is far better than anything else in Chattanooga. They have a nice selection of organics, but they are not cheaper than Greenlife in that area. Publix is clean and friendly. Hope we get one on this side of town.

alice said...

I spread my shopping mostly between Publix and Greenlife, and rarely shop at BiLo anymore, simply because there isn't a good one anywhere near here (downtown). The Signal Mountain Blvd. and St. Elmo Bi Lo stores are quite nice, but if I'm going to go that far, I figure I might as well drive out to the East Brainerd Publix, which, as you say, has the best produce in town (which is clearly marked as to its origin).



The closest BiLo to me -- the one on 23rd St. -- barely even carries produce (most of the vegetable bins there are filled with things like icy pops!). The Brainerd store isn't too much farther, but it's not much better. So, I make a big trip out to Publix once a week and then go over to Greenlife for things like bulk grains and non-toxic seafood, since no one else seems to carry those.



I've heard rumors about a Publix on the Northshore, which I think would be cool -- I could hit it and the Greenlife in the same trip! And it would get you into the zone, yes?

A Free Man said...

Not Bi-Lo! They're a Southern staple.

Chattarati, a Chattanooga blog » Caffeine Moves to St. Elmo Following MLK Rent Increase said...

[...] 10 Monkeys and a Camera reports that a rent increase at the MLK location is largely to blame. The blog posted a transcript from an email sent out by Kelly Smith on Monday: I know that this comes as a great shock to all of you who have been loyal supporters of us down on MLK, but due to the current economic situation and the recent raise in our rent at that location, the decision really became inevitable. [...]