This is part of the space, formerly Terra Mae, that has been revamped into The Solarium. (Photo: Contributed)

After closing Terra Mae in January and revamping the space, The Dwell Hotel has reopened its dining area.

The “reimagined” concept is called The Solarium. It’s a new café and cocktail bar slated to open March 7.


The new space has colorful décor, botanical accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that give off the vibe of a retro sunroom, according to a news release. It aims to complement the starlit feeling of the cocktail bar, Matilda Midnight, which is also inside The Dwell Hotel.

Owner Seija Ojanpera said:

Like Matilda Midnight and The Dwell Hotel, The Solarium will exceed the expectations of our local and out-of-town guests, offering a menu and experience that they can’t find anywhere else. While the dining options are the same for Matilda Midnight and the Solarium, the two spaces are completely different: guests can choose between The Solarium’s bright, cafe-like atmosphere or Matilda’s evening-inspired ambience—no matter the time of day.

Both lounges will share the same menu and hours, serving brunch, lunch, tapas and small plates every day from 7 a.m. to midnight.

A revamped dining and cocktail menu for both lounges will be unveiled when The Solarium opens.

New items — all of which are shareable small plates — include a sprout and edamame salad with carrot ginger dressing and a mojo pork sandwich on marble rye with arugula and gruyere.

A variety of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options also have been added to the menu.

New cocktails play on the night-and-day theme of Matilda Midnight and The Solarium, also according to a news release.

Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible, according to the news release.

Bakery items such as scones, muffins and toasts will come from Niedlov’s Breadworks. Signal Mountain’s Mayfly Coffee will be used for drip coffee, and Velo Coffee Roasters will provide espresso.

“I have a passion for travel, and I make a point to seek out small, designer hotels because they all have something unique to offer — whether it’s a cool setting, or a new spin on a favorite cocktail, or a dish I’ve never tried,” Ojanpera said. “It’s important to me that The Dwell offers the same experience to Chattanoogans and travelers alike.”