Ooltewah’s Ceniza and the North Shore’s Red Sauce closed July 4, so the owners can focus on their flagship restaurant—Embargo 62.

The closures are meant to streamline business and allow owners of the three establishments, Daniel and Brittany Alcala, to focus on Embargo 62, which has seen success since opening in North Chattanooga in 2015, according to a news release.

“Time has come to focus and use our strengths on new adventures…” Brittany said in a prepared statement. “We would not have enjoyed our success at either Ceniza or Red Sauce without the support of the community, many of whom are now friends, our wonderful staff, and vendors. We would like to thank everyone and we hope to see you at Embargo ’62.”

The duo also owns a business, called Foxhole, in South Beach, Miami, Brittany said.


Embargo 62—which serves Cuban cuisine—opened in 2015.

Daniel said that he has enjoyed sharing a variety of experiences with area residents and other patrons.

“From the Southern Caribbean fusion kitchen and Cigar Lounge in Cambridge Square at Ceniza to the New York Style Italian kitchen at Red Sauce—we are very proud of what we’ve done and continue to do in the restaurant scene here in Chattanooga,” he said in a prepared statement. “Being able to bring new cultures, flavors, ambiances, and experiences to our friends and guests is why we love being in this city.”

Updated at 5:35 p.m. July 6 to reflect that Embargo 62 never moved from its original location, as originally reported.