COVID-19: Babalu Closes Permanently, Local Chinese Group Donates Over $10,000, Other Updates

Babalu has announced that their Knoxville restaurant will not reopen, serving a blow to a large number of employees and leaving a large empty space on what has been the most successful block of Gay Street. The chain and the location have been troubled for some time. Last August, the parent company filed for Chapter […]

What Makes a City Beautiful? Keep Knoxville Beautiful Finds the Answer in Downtown Buildings

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local organization devoted to just what their name would imply. Their mission statement indicates that they love all things “clean, green and beautiful.” To keep it clean, they organize major litter cleanups, support efforts to that end by smaller groups and educate area children. To keep it green, they offer a […]

Babalu Ready to Open on Gay Street

Last May when I interviewed Bill Latham, co-founder of Babalu Tacos and Tapas, I got more excited about the food than I’d expected. It seemed like fun, interesting food served in reasonable portions and at good prices. Mr. Latham was very convincing and the food sounded good, but what would the reality be? At that […]

Updates on Babalu (JC Penney Bldg) and Wild Wing Cafe (Kress Bldg)

I’m going to try to keep this a bit more brief after writing approximately one million words yesterday. I had another million, but cut myself off. I appreciate the response so many of you had to Jeremiah and I hope you’ll attend his concerts and  support his Go Fund Me campaign to buy his new cello. […]