This is the view that patrons will see from of the 1885 patio into the square of the Ooltewah development. (Photo: Contributed)

Popular St. Elmo restaurant 1885 Grill will open a second location in Ooltewah’s Cambridge Square next year.

“It’s not the exact same restaurant,” a marketing representative for the restaurant said. “It’s similar in terms of menu and we are adding a tavern aspect that the current 1885 doesn’t have.”

The second location will be called 1885 Grill & Tavern. The first floor of the two-story establishment will be similar to the St. Elmo location and the second floor will be the tavern.


Co-owners Miguel Morales and Miguel De Jesus, whose culinary careers span 40 years, will be overseeing the design and operations of the Cambridge Square space, located in a new building on the development’s public square.

“Their knowledge of the restaurant industry coupled with the exciting things they are doing in their kitchen will be a huge addition to our development and the Ooltewah community,” Cambridge Square Marketing Director Jim Cheney also said.

Outdoor seating will be available on both levels, with the restaurant’s downstairs patio adjacent to a covered, open-air plaza designed for entertaining visitors to the square.

Construction is scheduled to begin in midsummer this year, with a slated opening in summer 2019.

1885 Grill & Tavern’s menu will offer a mix of fresh seafood, steaks and southern sides.

“The menu will be a little different but we are going to stick with the Southern coastal flare [that the St. Elmo location has],” the 1885 marketing representative said.

Updated at 2 p.m. June 8