Frothy Monkey Restaurant & Coffee House

Case Study Overview


When it comes to your local coffee shop, it’s the place that often fuels your days––and sometimes even your nights––serving as a vital connection point for your community. That’s what GHP was tasked to create in Nashville and Chattanooga with the construction of three Frothy Monkey coffeehouses in downtown Nashville, The Nations neighborhood and downtown Chattanooga.


Making it easy for the owners to be involved in every stage of the planning and execution, GHP crafted designs that embodied the Frothy Monkey brand while balancing the character and challenges posed by each building’s existing historic structure. Working with buildings ranging from an iconic train station to a former hosiery mill, the GHP team was charged with creating three coffeehouses featuring Frothy Monkey’s signature art deco flair with an industrial twist—while delivering sustainable structural design in a permit-heavy environment.

In the case of Frothy Monkey’s 4,200 square foot Chattanooga shop, GHP navigated the existing infrastructure of the Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel that has been designated a national landmark. Encountering setbacks due to structural constraints of the more than century-old building, GHP managed these solutions through nimble, collaborative planning that allowed construction to finish ahead of schedule and within budget. Blending elements of historic Chattanooga with Frothy’s funky style, the coffeehouse features an open bar, exposed structural steel columns and beams, an expansive open kitchen, outdoor patio and more.

In Nashville, GHP worked with Frothy Monkey to forge their brand within a former textile factory in The Nations and a historic downtown building. Circumventing spatial restrictions of Frothy’s downtown location, GHP coordinated with authorities to expand the building outward onto the sidewalk to maximize interior space of the 3,200 square foot restaurant. For The Nations shop, GHP tested the space prior to construction to ensure it allowed for optimal seating, kitchen and back-of-house support. The team also reinforced the original flooring of the nearly 100-year-old building to fully support the structural load of the kitchen. The 3,770 square foot coffeehouse now includes 125 table and bar seats, an open design concept and an exterior patio designed to the owner’s specifications.


Beyond the historic renovations, all three coffeehouse projects had one defining feature––they are true neighborhood concepts. Designed specifically to incorporate different levels of seating––from a mezzanine to an outdoor patio––Frothy’s coffeehouses have become go-to hot spots for everything from secluded study sessions to open-air brunch dates. Reimagining these vacant, commercial spaces into comfortable, communal hubs, GHP was able to play a role in creating three neighborhood favorites––and we look forward to Frothy Monkey’s next destination.

GHP Team