Flour Head Bakery (and Brewery) Coming to Central Street

Tomato Head, co-owned by Mahasti Vafaie and Scott Partin, has long been a staple of downtown. Eventually, the couple opened another Tomato Head restaurant in Maryville, then moved it to west Knoxville. Subsequently, the kitchen at the downtown Tomato Head wasn’t enough to contain Mahasti’s ambitions and the couple opened a bakery on Middlebrook Pike […]

24 Hours of Downtown Fun in 25 Photos

This was another one of those downtown weekends where something fun or interesting was happening at every turn. My weekend, happily, was dominated by family. It was one of those reminder weekends for me of how much fun is waiting for children downtown. And not just when children’s events are happening. Most of it is […]

Is Knoxville Cuisine Improving? Which are the Best Downtown Restaurants?

We’ve had numerous debates about food in Knoxville over the years I’ve written about downtown. I generally write about restaurants that open, and while I’m spreading the word more than I’m reviewing them, I generally find some good things to say. Are we world class? No. Do we have the variety of restaurants found in […]

Top Articles of 2014, Part 1: #25 – #11

One of my nerdy personality quirks is that I really enjoy statistics. I’ve obsessed at various times over SEC football statistics, music statistics (sales, artist rankings, chart positions) and, obviously,  I now pay attention to Internet statistics particularly as it regards my own site. End-of-the-year lists fascinate me probably too much. So, it’s natural that […]

Rearranged, Expanded and Re-imagined Tomato Head Opens

  The first thing that becomes obvious as you approach Tomato Head is that you won’t enter the same door patrons have entered since 1990 when Tomato Head opened as a lunch spot. The entrance at 12 Market Square will now be primarily for servers assisting patrons at the outdoor patio. The new entrance is […]