Babalu to Return Under New, But Very Familiar Management

When Blank News broke the story of the surprising re-emergence of Babalu, it felt a little like Gay Street was saved. It might be hyperbole, but when I learned that Babalu had announced they would not re-open, I was very concerned. Who would take on such a big space in a pandemic? Would the economy […]

The Parlor at Maple Hall Opens on Gay Street

A part of the original vision of owners Greg Cox and Kevin Rice, Maple Hall has added an expansion business, as The Parlor opened yesterday behind Maple Hall. It’s accessible via the stairwell at the rear of the lanes or directly from the Promenade to the rear of the building. The Promenade Garage offers free […]

24 Hours of Downtown Fun in 25 Photos

This was another one of those downtown weekends where something fun or interesting was happening at every turn. My weekend, happily, was dominated by family. It was one of those reminder weekends for me of how much fun is waiting for children downtown. And not just when children’s events are happening. Most of it is […]

Maple Hall Set to Open: Downtown Will Bowl Soon!

Over a year has passed since I first met with Greg Cox and Kevin Rice and talked about their bowling alley concept. They detailed plans and said they hoped to open by the end of the summer. That would be 2015. A range of issues and obstacles prevented that goal from being reached, but the description […]

A Bowling Alley on Gay Street? Yes! Maple Hall Coming Soon

You’ve heard the rumors about a bowling alley. I sat down with the owners of the business to get the facts about the new business. They aren’t the most likely friends to open the first downtown bowling alley in Knoxville’s history. Kevin Rice was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Greg Cox in Johnson City. They […]