Introducing the New Nama: Grand Opening Wednesday, February 23

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?