Caribbean/Southern Ceniza Lounge is now open.

Husband and wife team Daniel and Brittany Alcala opened the new business, which has savories, spirits and cigars, in Ooltewah’s Cambridge Square Sunday. 

The lounge’s atmosphere combines “island culture” with a Southeast Tennessee vibe, Brittany said in a prepared statement.

Ceniza is now open in Cambridge Square. (Photo: Contributed)

“It is important to us to create something modern with elements that are both unexpected and not currently present in Chattanooga,” she said. “At the same time, we are partial to tradition, so we want my Southern roots to show through, as well. We think we’ve landed on a concept in Ooltewah that will appeal to a broad audience.”

The new restaurant is located in the development’s public square and occupies two floors. The upper level has a “rustic” cigar lounge and bar with communal seating.

Both levels have open floor plans with roll-up garage doors, indoor/outdoor seating and fireplaces. 

The décor consists of Caribbean-themed artwork and mosaics overseen by commissioned artists, according to a news release. 

The owners said they’ve hired an experienced team to execute the vision. 

Chef Eduardo Amoedo will oversee the kitchen and menu, tobacconist Paul Dominguez will oversee the upstairs humidor, mixologist Danny Valdez will oversee the craft cocktail bars, and Director of Operations Wes Phelps will work to ensure a positive guest experience.

“To say that people are excited about Ceniza opening is at best an understatement,” Cambridge Square Marketing Director Jim Cheney said in a prepared statement. “Our development team has worked hand in hand with the Alcalas to create a location that is not only aesthetically beautiful, but also significantly adds to the dimension of Cambridge Square’s culinary offering.”

The Alcalas also own the North Shore’s Embargo 62, and they have a third concept in the works, called MadLove, which is slated to open in the fall. The Alcalas’ hospitality group, RocBeach, also owns and operates Foxhole Bar in Miami’s South Beach district.

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