Chelsea plans entertainment district for Valley Post development

Published 2:25 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

By NOAH WORTHAM | Staff Writer

CHELSEA – The city of Chelsea is currently planning an entertainment district for the upcoming Valley Post business development where treetop was previously located.

A family-oriented food and beverage development is planned for 1017 Dunnavant Valley Road where Treetop Family Adventure was formerly located.

Valley Post will bring a variety of new restaurant options to the city of Chelsea and the Highway 280 corridor, including Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Hero Doughnuts, the Italian restaurant Luca and Little Donkey, which previously left its Greystone location.

“We’re going to declare it an entertainment district,” Mayor Tony Picklesimer said.

Designating the site as an entertainment district will allow residents to walk freely around the district with open containers of alcohol in approved containers.

The development will feature outdoor seating and a common area for locals to enjoy.

“It will be a space that encourages people to be out—walk around and visit each other and the community,” Picklesimer said. “We want it to be a very family-friendly facility.”

The new space will not only bring an increased variety of restaurants to the city but will also generate a source of sales tax revenue.

“It’s also out of our immediate downtown area, so it’s going to bring us people from across the mountain—they’ll be eating at a Chelsea restaurant and they won’t even realize it,” Picklesimer said. “We expect people from Greystone, Highland Lakes, Eagle Point (and) Mt Laurel—it should be a place where all Dunnavant Valley residents frequent.”

According to Picklesimer, the Valley Post development could begin as early as later this year or in early 2024.

The $1.5 million property was brokered by Jordan Tubb and John Coleman of Graham & Co. back in 2022.

In order to help bring the development to fruition, the city previously approved an incentive package for the project. The Valley Post development is currently being overseen by developer Michael Mouron and Nick Pihakis of Pihakis Restaurant Group.