Note: This story was last updated at 12:27 p.m.
Calhoun’s is opening a restaurant on the Oak Ridge waterfront. The restaurant will be on Melton Lake Peninsula, where Riverside Grille and Flatwater Grill used to be.
Calhoun’s has applied for a beer permit from the Oak Ridge Beer Permit Board, which will consider the application on Wednesday, April 6.
The restaurant will be owned by the Copper Cellar Corporation, which purchased the property from businessmen and developers Rick and Ryan Chinn in February.
It’s not clear when Calhoun’s will open. The beer permit application said the restaurant will open in April. Restaurant executives were not available for comment Wednesday.
On Wednesday, an electronic sign in front of the restaurant on Melton Lake Drive said the restaurant is re-opening soon.
The Chinns had owned the roughly seven-acre Melton Lake property for 10 years. They had a perpetual easement on it, which is like a long-term lease, from the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants has owned the perpetual easement since February, including the land, the 12,000-square-foot building, and its parking lots.
Rick Chinn has called the Copper Cellar restaurant family the premier restaurant company in East Tennessee. He said he and Ryan Chinn, who are partners in R&R Investors, had done a fairly good job with the property, keeping it in pristine condition, “but we’re not restaurateurs.”
Starting in 2007, the property, which is at the start of the 2,000-meter Oak Ridge rowing course, was home to Flatwater Grill. It was Riverside Grille for about four years. Both were upscale restaurants with a bar area.
There were some improvements made along the waterfront for a national rowing championship in 2007, including rip rap and docks.
The Beer Board meeting on Wednesday starts at 5:15 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Training Room. See the agenda here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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