A Business Closes, Another Expands, A Third Will Reopen

We’ve seen a lot of movement recently on the downtown business front, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I’ve still got more openings to write about in the coming days, but in the meantime, here are three updates on businesses you know. Each one of these surprised me in one way or another, […]

Eat Here Now, LLC (Babalu) Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Knoxville Restaurant to Remain Open

I noticed reports about three weeks ago that Babalu in Lexington, Kentucky closed. Upon reading the article, I noted that it was the second restaurant in that development to close and, absent any other information, I assumed the development must have problems and didn’t think much more about our own restaurant on Gay Street. Yesterday, […]

Babalu Tacos and Tapas Finalizing Plans for J.C. Penney Bldg. Location

In March I wrote about the J.C. Penney Building, focusing on the residences which will be available soon. A month or so later, I wrote about Maple Hall, the bowling alley planned for the basement of the building. Today we’ll look at what’s coming in the larger of the two commercial spaces fronting Gay Street. I […]