Scottie’s on the River is tentatively set to open in June. (Photo: Contributed)

A new riverfront restaurant will have high-end steak and seafood dishes, but the interior vibe is rustic and “come as you are.”

Scottie’s on the River faces the Tennessee River and is adjacent to the Riverwalk and Springhill Suites by Marriott, so owner Scottie Bowman wants patrons to feel comfortable coming in from a boat or other outdoor outing.

The restaurant has three boat slips, where patrons can park their water vessels and either come into the restaurant or have food brought out, Bowman said.


“We are not going to be the cheapest restaurant because the dishes are going to be great and high-quality, but we don’t want to make you feel like you should be in a suit and tie.”

Bowman, who also owns The Big Chill and Sing It or Wing It, wasn’t seeking to open another restaurant, but eventually took the opportunity after commercial realtors approached her, she said.

She’s shooting for a June 1 opening for the 6,000-square-foot eatery, which has large garage doors that open to face the river.

The space should be able to see about 250 people, and Bowman has plans to seek out delivery business, as well.

She wants to deliver to Springhill Suites customers and possibly to area condos, she said.

Bowman isn’t seeking to compete with any other local businesses and instead wants to bring something new that anyone can enjoy, she said.

She has plans for happy hour specials and afternoon music.

“We want to be comfortable for everybody,” she said. “We want a wide variety [of people]. We’re not trying to have a target audience. We want people to come and have a good time.”