The Lost Tavern Opens at 20 Market Square

It’s smoky, but the only smoke found in the new tavern on Market Square is found in the food, drink and the atmosphere. The new noir-themed craft cocktail bar on Market Square represents the latest opening by the West family and, unlike their other establishments, Scott West points out the “entertainment” in this venue is […]

Hyatt Place Rooftop Bar Opens Tomorrow

According to General Manager, Trenton Keelan, the original plans for the rooftop at Knoxville’s downtown Hyatt PlaceĀ  called for a modest space for hotel guests with some arrangement for private events. That changed after the obvious demand for public access. Plans were redrawn for the space to meet codes for a public space – and […]

Sapphire Lays Claim to Its Story at 428 South Gay Street

Located at historic 428 South Gay Street, Sapphire has been a downtown cocktail destination since 2005. A dozen years in is long enough for a business to reevaluate itself, take stock of strengths and look toward its future with fresh eyes. That’s what owner Aaron Thompson – who started there as a bartender, becoming the […]

Sapphire on Gay Street

I’ve probably mentioned Sapphire before, but I’ve never really focused on it that I recall. I know I’ve taken photographs there, though I may not have identified the place in the background. One of my first downtown meetings was to plan “Dancing in the Streets” with Knox Heritage and we met on a Sunday to […]