Ruby Sunshine Opens at 37 Market Square

The thirteenth location of Ruby Sunshine restaurant opened on Monday in downtown Knoxville at 37 Market Square. It becomes the second location in Tennessee (Franklin opened two months ago) for the restaurant based in New Orleans, where it is called Ruby Slipper. Food Manager Ian Shordon, who you may know from Lonesome Dove or Landing […]

Restaurant Review: Up Close and Personal at Rebel Kitchen

(Written by AppalachianGastroventures for Inside of Knoxville. This is the second installment in their monthly series of restaurant reviews, allowing for further exploration of local restaurants after their opening. Check out their blog for many more reviews!) We ended our first visit to Rebel Kitchen with a taste of the unconventional. Chef Preston Williams and […]

Is Knoxville Becoming a Food Destination?

Which cities in the U.S. do you associate with great food? I grew up taking occasional trips with my parents to Brennan’s in New Orlean’s for one of the first brunches in the country. It remains an exquisite culinary delight. We eventually explored other New Orleans restaurants like Commander’s Palace, Antoine’s and K-Paul’s. New Orleans […]

A Major Downtown Restaurant Closes on Gay Street

It’s been sometime since a major business on Gay Street closed its doors. Restaurants, in particular seem to be bustling with waits often the norm. For Urban Woman and me, this one stings a bit as it was one of our favorite restaurants – particularly for brunch, but often for dinner, especially when we had […]

Coolato Gelato: New Owners Bring Many Changes

Coolato Gelato has been a part of downtown at 524 South Gay Street since 2009. In downtown years, that’s a long time. Original owners Allen and Cherryl Meuret guided the restaurant into 2017, selling it late in the year to Julianna and John Texada. Julianna is taking the lead and has already instituted major changes, […]