Southern Grit Opens at 126 South Central Street

Downtown’s newest restaurant opens today in the Old City with a familiar face greeting new customers. I first introduced owner B.G. DeHart on this blog in 2013, with the opening of Stock and Barrel, for which he was partial owner. He’s since sold his interest in that restaurant and is back with his latest concept, […]

New Downtown Gallery, 214 Magnolia Has Grand Opening Tonight

It was a long and sometimes circuitous journey for owner Megan Stair, from her birth place in Indiana to her new gallery, 214 Magnolia (at 214 Magnolia Avenue!). As with many such journeys, each step of the way prepared her for what she has long wanted to do: present artists in the right kind of […]

Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa Opens Inside the Embassy Suites

Ami Patel, owner of Wake Foot Sanctuary and Spa inside the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street (enter through Union Avenue entrance), searched with her husband, Alpesh Patel, owner of the new downtown Embassy Suites, for businesses that were local or very different from currently available downtown options. On a trip to Asheville, the […]

K Brew Downtown Opens on Gay Street

In addition to the opening of the Embassy Suites at 507 South Gay Street last Thursday, a number of ancillary businesses opened at the same address. Alpesh Patel, Embassy Suites owner and developer, was very deliberate in bringing local or unique businesses to the hotel, making the prime downtown corner an attraction for locals as […]

Fin Two Opens in the Old City

Downtown Knoxville now has a Japanese Ale House. Raymond Yip announced plans for the restaurant last December (follow that link for a detailed look at his background and plans). As with so many commercial endeavors, and certainly restaurants, there were delays that prevented him from opening as rapidly as he’d hoped. The design for the […]