COVID-19: Downtown Business Impacts, Part One

I reached out to a number of downtown business owners regarding the impact thus far of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I asked some questions to frame their responses. I offered the possibility of anonymity, if they preferred. The response was so good, I will do a short series on the topic. If you are a downtown […]

Knox Mason Re-Opens Thursday in New Home

It’s the best of Knoxville stories. The kind of arc that can’t really happen, but does happen because, well, Knoxville. About twenty years ago in a high school typing class, freshman Alpesh Patel and junior Matt Gallaher could never have imagined that their futures would merge in such a major way. To thicken the plot, […]

Embassy Suite Details – And Three Favorite Local Businesses to Join Them at the Location

It’s been nearly three months since the announcement that the Conley Building at 505 – 507 Gay Street would become an Embassy Suites. The long under-utilized building sits at arguably the most prominent intersection in the city and development, long overdue, had been entangled in legal wrangling between the owners. Very few details were included […]

Matt Gallaher Plans New Restaurant at 16 Market Square

When news circulates that Matt Gallaher is making a move, people pay attention. When Knox Mason opened on the 100 block of Gay Street a buzz started that never really subsided for people who care about fresh food made from scratch. Almost precisely three years after that successful launch, Matt has announced his next effort: […]

Is Knoxville Cuisine Improving? Which are the Best Downtown Restaurants?

We’ve had numerous debates about food in Knoxville over the years I’ve written about downtown. I generally write about restaurants that open, and while I’m spreading the word more than I’m reviewing them, I generally find some good things to say. Are we world class? No. Do we have the variety of restaurants found in […]