The Flying Squirrel
ECLECTIC SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD WITH CRAFT BEER & COCKTAILS IN A FUNKY HANGAR-LIKE SPACE WITH A PATIO.
The Flying Squirrel is a locally owned restaurant and bar in Chattanooga with a distinctive architectural profile that makes it easy to find in spite of its location off the main thoroughfare. As a popular gathering spot for adventure enthusiasts, Southside regulars and cultural tourists, it delivers the perfect melding of indoor and outdoor space.
Awarded the national distinction as the “Best Designed Café and Bar” in 2015 by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Flying Squirrel’s exclusive design was led by architects at Cogent Studios and subcontracted by Haskel Sears.
The two-story layout combines tall ceilings, garage door windows and expansive glass sheets in a seamless transition for ambient lighting and ideal open-air dining. Interior features begin with an awe-inspiring ceiling handcrafted from 1,500 end-grain wood tiles in an unfurling of texture and dimension.
Massive beams from an antique knitting mill and reclaimed parts from a 115-year-old barn in McMinnville, Tennessee are hallmarks of the Haskel Sears reputation for recovering and restoring life into century-old materials. Noteworthy design features include herringbone wall accents with rustic-stained wood strips, exposed trusses with dangling star lights and a symbolic handcrafted canoe skeleton suspended from the ceiling.
Flying Squirrel is known for using local ingredients in their seasonal menus for dinner and late night bar fare. Their creative cocktail menu and rotating beer list along with weekly live musical entertainment appeals to the evening crowd and their Sunday brunch is family-friendly with homemade biscuits and the popular Sriarcha Bloody Mary.