Plans for the new OliBea, Merchants of Beer and a Bit More

Several projects underway in and near the Old City are moving forward through the design phase, obtaining required approvals and nearing construction. It sometimes seems nothing is being done on announced projects when, in fact, a lot of work has to be done before breaking ground. Here’s a look at proposed changes and and plans […]

Crown and Goose to Close, Barley’s and Two Buildings Sold, and What Comes Next for the Old City

There are so many moving parts to this story it’s hard to get it all in a caption. Some parts of the above are connected, but not so other parts. It’s also part of a bigger move by Thomas and Harrison Boyd to expand their hospitality holdings. The initial part of the story, the closing […]

Merchants of Beer Opens At Last!

It’s been just under a year since I first wrote about the coming business. Originally slated to open last fall, that season gave way to winter and then most of spring passed. I’ve been asked about the business dozens of times in the interim. Some readers became skeptical that it would happen, but we’ve seen […]

Moments and Movements Around Town Which Made Me Stop, Take Note and Think

Today I’ve got a bit of random ramblings. I see a lot of things as I walk around town. Some of them don’t fit neatly into an article, but I find them interesting, none-the-less. I probably am spotted on the street staring into the near-distance more often than I’d like to admit. I try to […]

Downtown Knoxville Project Updates

At least a couple of times a week someone asks about one project or another, wanting updated information. Often the request comes because of an apparent lack of progress. Projects have certainly died on the vine in the past – like the oft cited Sentinel Tower, which may have never been a serious project – […]