|Nama, 500 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville, February 2011|
It is now official: Nama on the 100 block is closed. Practically an institution on that block, it began a migration up Gay Street during the extended renovations of the 100 block. According to S. Carpenter – a reader of this blog – the old location will be converted to a Cru Bistro and Wine Bar, which is owned by the same company that owns Nama. There is currently a location in Turkey Creek and others are scattered about the country. That sounds like a good fit for the 100 block.
|Outdoor seating, Nama, 500 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville|
At the same time, the new location looks great and was officially making sushi as of Sunday evening. Only open for a private event, to which, of course, I was not invited, it opens for us regular people this Wednesday. When will local restaurateurs learn that inviting a blogger for free food at these events is just good for business? What do they think, they don’t need me? I guess Nama’s brand may be bigger than mine, but if any of you guys open a restaurant, give me a call!
|Pretty Hostess, Sushi Bar, Nama, 500 Block Gay Street, Knoxville, February 2011|
I was able to charm my way in the door: Me – “Can I take a couple of pictures?” Good Looking Hostess: “Two.” She was actually pretty nice.
|Happy People invited to the private Nama Party, February 2011|
I love the decor and the chairs look comfortable. The added space will be a real asset. The location – right beside the Riviera – seems perfect. So what do you think – meet you there Wednesday night?