Businessman, chef and former Famous Nater's food truck owner Nathan Flynt is nearing the opening of his new Martin Luther King Boulevard restaurant: 2 Sons Kitchen & Market.
"We are going to really try to be a part of the elevation of food service in this town," he said. "There are lots of people doing it, and we want to be a part of [it]."
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Flynt, who has partners who are helping run and fund the new venture, has worked under multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs and as the opening chef of Public House.
The two-story 422 E. MLK Boulevard restaurant will be "upscale, quick [and] casual." Customers will come in, order at one of two point-of-sale stations, get a number and have their food brought out to them.
It's in a mixed-use building that will also have a new bakery and new office space, Flynt said.
After being one of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Chattanooga, Flynt has rebranded the truck, which he will eventually use again for events. Now, he's focused on the undertaking of opening the restaurant, the name of which is a nod to Flynt's two children.
Through running the food truck—which Flynt said is about a 10th of the work of running a brick-and-mortar business—he learned what he likes, what he doesn't, and his strengths and weaknesses, he said.
"That was always the goal with the food truck," Flynt said of eventually opening a restaurant. "We are going to take a lot of the food [from the truck to the restaurant] but also all the lessons we learned."
The new restaurant will employ 15 to 20 people. There's room for seating for about 50 inside and 30 outside, where there will be a patio and fire pit.
Cogent Studio and S. Reginald Ruff III with SRR & Associates PC are the project's architects, and Flynt said the team is working to maintain as much of the decades-old building's integrity as possible.
Some of the brick that was taken out of the building will be used for the new patio.
Originally, the restaurant was going to be at 1120 Houston St., where beer market Sturm Haus had been.
But because that space didn't already have a kitchen, the addition of ventilation was going to be costly, Flynt said.
And he's looking forward to being a part of the new growth on MLK Boulevard.
"In two years, this is going to be completely different than it is today, which is fantastic," Flynt said of the area surrounding his new business. "I'm excited to be a part of it and to be a part of this neighborhood. There's so much history here, and so much of the history of Chattanooga is in this row of buildings."