Lawton Haygood made his mark on the Chattanooga area’s restaurant scene as the creator of Sugar’s Ribs, the Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar and Canyon Grill, an upscale destination on the far side of Lookout Mountain.
Haygood hopes to score again with a new restaurant tentatively named SideTrack he plans to open in May or June at 3514 Hixson Pike near Lupton Drive at the site of a former Huddle House where two other diner-style restaurants failed: Hillbilly’s and The Hixson Pike Diner.
The location — next to a railroad track, which explains the SideTrack name — doesn’t worry Haygood, because he’s investing around $2 million to upgrade and expand the former Huddle House built in 2006. The Strauss Company, Inc., is the general contractor in charge of the project.
SideTrack will seat about 140 people, offer plenty of parking, he said, and serve wine, liquor, bottled beer and food cooked by wood fire — a signature of Haygood’s restaurants.
“Is it a good location? We’ll find out,” said Haygood, who called the neighborhood home to “young, successful, hard-working people.”