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, […]

Emilia: A Culinary Trip to Northern Italy

(Ed: Written by AppalachianGastroventures for Inside of Knoxville. This is the fourth 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 dining experiences!) Any discussion of Italian cuisine has to include Emilia-Romagna, the food-rich area in Northern Italy. It’s […]

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 […]

Emilia Opens Today at 16 Market Square

This past weekend, Emilia, Matt Gallaher’s new restaurant at 16 Market Square, offered an early look at what will no doubt become a favorite restaurant in downtown Knoxville. As the culinary scene continues to rise, the Italian restaurant, occupying the space once held by Latitude 35, will certainly be among the most respected. Regulars and […]