Italian restaurant Giardino comes to Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga

Jul 08, 2021 481

BY: Barry Courter

Jake Leonard and Oscar Ixcot have spent years working in the restaurant business locally and when the opportunity to open their own place on Missionary Ridge on Westside Drive came up, they jumped at the chance.

The two met at Il Primo with Leonard, who has also worked at St. John's and Easy Bistro, working the front of the house and Ixcot cooking in the back. That dynamic will continue at Giardino with the addition of Leonard's wife, Nikki Pruitt handling bar duties and Ixcot's brother, Adrian, joining him in the kitchen.

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