Copy and photos for Chatterbox CaféBeConnected Branding

Web copy for a local restaurant and food truck in Chattanooga, TN

Copywriter and Photographer
August 2016

Chatterbox Café is an extension of Brandon Ellis’s love of food and feeding his community. His menu is always evolving in order to feature the freshest options available, though it always involves meats smoked for hours on his indirect heat hardwood smoker. Each morning, Brandon spends time splitting logs while prepping his smoker. From brisket to ribs to chicken wings, everything that Brandon prepares on his smoker is cooked low and slow to tender, seasoned perfection. Try a pulled-pork sandwich on fresh-baked bread from Greg’s Sandwiches or pair a rack of ribs with hand-cut double-fried French fries and his famous apple slaw for a meal you won’t soon forget.

Chatterbox Café is located on Standifer Gap Road in East Brainerd, but Brandon can also be found making brisket tacos or smoked chicken wings at Heaven and Ale at their downtown Chattanooga and Ooltewah locations. Check out his weekly schedule to discover where you can find Chatterbox Café each day.

About Brandon:

Brandon Ellis sees potential everywhere. And unlike many, he follows through on the amazing changes he envisions for his community. Spend an afternoon with Brandon and you will not only leave with a full and happy belly, but with an appreciation for his creativity and enthusiasm.

His entrepreneurial talents, combined with tough circumstances, led Brandon down the path toward a prison sentence at a young age. He was offered the option of enrolling in a program called Teen Challenge, and he decided to start the process in Chattanooga, TN. Teen Challenge advises that participants select a program away from their home environment, in order to separate themselves from unhealthy influences and patterns of behavior. Brandon did just that and he still calls Chattanooga home.

His first effort after completing Teen Challenge was starting a business. This business was a janitorial service company, and it marked the beginning of Brandon’s enterprising career. His next venture was a wing restaurant, and then came Chatterbox Café. A lifelong love of food and a childhood spent eating farm-fresh meals from his grandmother’s kitchen instilled in him a passion for food and flavor.

His commitment to quality also extends to the support of other local businesses. Brandon does his best to use locally-grown seasonal produce and grain-fed pastured meat in an effort to create the most flavorful barbecue in the Chattanooga area. His homemade sauce uses locally distilled Chattanooga Whiskey and he gets some of his produce from Weekly Fig, in addition to working with local farmers to get the freshest fruits and veggies available. Whether he’s making fried okra and jalapeños with coarse-ground cornmeal and pimento cheese or smoked peach and plum hand pies, you can taste the love and effort Brandon puts into feeding his neighbors.

A voracious consumer of knowledge, Brandon is always learning. He is deeply committed to honing his skills, as well as giving back to his city. He recently joined the Kansas City Barbecue Society for the sole purpose of learning more about his craft. On his rare days off, you can find him reading one of his favorite cookbooks and spending time with his fiancée and their dogs.

In addition to Chatterbox Café, Brandon and his business partner have created the Local Loyalty app for Android and iOS. The app is an extension of Brandon’s desire to enrich the local business community in Chattanooga. The Local Loyalty app enables subscribing businesses to engage their customers on the mobile platform, and allows businesses to collect sought-after data about their customers’ tastes. This app helps small businesses connect with their customer base by sending them info about events and specials, all through the Local Loyalty platform. Customers can enjoy special access to their favorite businesses by downloading the app and visiting participating local restaurants and companies. The app plans to go live in the fall of 2016.


Hosting an event? Look no further than Chatterbox Café. From family dinners to company parties to weddings, Chatterbox Café can provide you with memorable, flavorful food to complete your celebration. For larger events, Brandon will prepare food on-site for you and your guests.

Think all we do is barbecue? Think again! Brandon can create a special menu just for you, from tray-passed hors d’oeuvres to innovative desserts.