A new bistro is opening on Market Street soon.
“We’re bringing Middle Eastern food to the city,” Owner and Executive Chef Rashad Moughrabi said.
The restaurant, called The 405, will open at the former site of Noodles & Company, which occupied the space for three years and closed in late 2015. After that, Henpecked Chicken opened for a few months in that space before closing.
“I know everybody is scared because a couple places closed down around here, but I think if you get in with the right concept and you do it the right way it can still be really successful here,” Moughrabi said.
He spent about $200,000 to renovate the existing space and aims to hire between 20 to 25 employees. He is still in the process of hiring and working out those details.
The 405, which is set to open at the end of August, will feature many of Moughrabi’s signature dishes.
Middle Eastern standards like hummus, falafels and shish kebabs will be on the menu, as well as a braised lamb shank in a yogurt sauce with cauliflower and roasted garlic.
He said he’s known for his dish called “the upside down.” The dish is created in four different ways including a vegan option with various kinds of meats included.
Moughrabi is originally from Chattanooga and lived in the Signal Mountain area.
His father owned and operated many restaurants in the Chattanooga area in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
When Moughrabi was 9 years old, his family moved to Chicago, where his father continued in the restaurant industry.
Moughrabi has been cooking professionally since the age of 16.
“I come from a restaurant family,” Moughrabi said. “My dad was a chef and his dad was a chef.”
Moughrabi said Chattanooga is moving toward more independent chef-driven restaurants and that is what The 405 is offering.
“Chattanooga is amazing; it’s growing like crazy,” he said. “The opportunity is there and it’s ready for me to bring the type of food I do down here. It felt like people were ready for something different.”
Savannah Bennett is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC where she is a feature writer for the student newspaper, The University Echo. She is a double major in communication and English. Savannah was also a participant in the Disney College Program during the fall of 2017.