Tommy Trent's Sports Bar, 36 Market Square, Knoxville, September 2018
I often write about new businesses when they are announced. That gives us all a chance to anticipate what’s coming soon. One of the down sides is that the announcements typically don’t include photographs because the businesses aren’t yet ready for photos. For that reason, I try to loop back and catch them when they open and are photo-ready. Today I’ll show you the new look of three businesses, two that are brand new and one that has undergone major changes.
This past weekend saw a soft, friends-and-family opening of Tommy Trent’s Sports Saloon at 36 Market Square. The first game featured on the multiple televisions, was the first UT game of the season, of course. For the full details about the bar, you can check out my original article on the topic.
The crowd seemed to enjoy the new space, including the new space while munching on items from the menu like the ramped up fries from the “Wide World of Fries,” as well as a range of Scruffy Dogs and wings. The screens did include other games, of course, and the bar plans to feature all sorts of sports. There is a full bar for your game-time libations.
One can’t miss that might surprise you: the bathrooms. It sort of has to be seen to be believed. I photographed the men’s room, but felt a little weird taking a camera into the women’s room, so you’ll have to check that out for yourself. The patio is still one of my favorites in the city and is newly decorated. Hours are 5:00 PM to Midnight Monday through Friday. Saturday opening is “three hours before home games for tailgating or 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Sunday is 11AM to Midnight. ” (This has been updated.)
Eddie’s Health Shoppe also opened over the weekend and was immediately busy even though they are still awaiting delivery of some of the items they plan to stock. While we were in the store, there was a pretty constant conversation with various customers over their selection of CBD products. I was particularly tuned in to that, given that I’d already interviewed Joe Fox for the article about the new CBD research and production company
For a full review of the scope of items included, check out the original article. It’s quite a range of everything intended to help you get and stay healthy. Urban Woman bought a large water bottle designed to hold a day’s requirement of hydration. There are other items like that, along with energy boosting drinks and bars, vitamins and much more.
One of the things that struck me as I photographed it for this article is how much food is available in the store and how many of the items could be considered health foods. It’s not a grocery store, but there are healthy prepared meals available and other food stuffs, so it’s a piece of the missing grocery component. Oh, and there’s lots of dark chocolate immediately inside the front door.
I’ve written about Kybra Athletics a couple of times. The original article, from January 2017, tells more about their focus and the kinds of workouts they offer, but I also wrote a more recent article about their plans to expand. The expansion has happened and I’d encourage you to look at the photographs in the original article and compare them. The business is thriving and the owners have done a beautiful job of enhancing the building.
They are also planning a celebration to note the re-opening after the renovation and amazing face lift. The party starts Saturday night at 8:00 PM and runs until 11:00 PM. You’ll find beer from Elkmont Exchange and food from Tomato Head. It’s all free and open to the public. Donations will be taken at the door for BUSAR, a Smoky Mountain National Park search and rescue team.
So, get out and support these new and re-vamped businesses. They make the city just a little richer for being here.