Sneak Peek: Inside The Edwin Hotel
After more than a year of construction, The Edwin Hotel on Chattanooga's riverfront is less than a month away from its grand opening.
Exactly 2 weeks away from opening day on September 13, General Manager Greg Bradley gave NewsChannel 9 a sneak peek of Chattanooga's newest boutique hotel.
From the black and white lobby with pops of color to the views from the rooftop bar Whiskey Thief, Bradley says every detail has been accounted for.
"We want to stay innovative, we always want to push the boundaries but we always want to create something very special for the community," Bradley tells NewsChannel 9.
The General Manager says The Edwin couldn't survive in any other city because it is quintessentially Chattanooga, created by and for Chattanoogans.
"We view ourselves as building this brand and building something truly special and changing the face of hospitality in Chattanooga," Bradley says.
The Edwin has done so by partnering with local businesses and artisans to create a unique experience.
Local artists' work lines the walls, local whiskey stocks the bar shelves, local beer from craft breweries occupies the fridges, local coffee roasters have your daily brew, and local farmers supply the provisions for The Edwin's marquee restaurant.
Bradley says the goal is "to showcase the best of Chattanooga and just make sure the guest comes back for more."
Michael Rice, owner and founder of Mad Priest Coffee, helps make that happen.
Rice is working with The Edwin to create a unique espresso blend for the hotel's coffee shop.
Rice is all on board with the idea of incorporating local businesses and artisans.
"I think it’s really cool that they’re really trying to make sure that’s at the forefront of what they’re doing," he tells NewsChannel 9.
Rice says he wants people tourists to leave the city "knowing that this might be a small city but we have a lot to offer."
Executive Chef of Whitebird, Kevin Korman, has a similar outlook.
In his restaurant, which bears the Cherokee name of Chattanooga's founder, John Ross, Korman says he tries "to showcase all of the great people that are in this area, farmers, meat purveyors, anything that we could get our hands on."
Like Bradley and Rice, Korman is excited to finally share what The Edwin has been cooking with tourists and locals alike, "I cannot wait for people to come in and see the food on the plates, taste it, hopefully have their minds blown and go and tell everyone."