Kefi: Greek Cocktail Restaurant to Open in the Old City

You may not know Jim and Lori Klonaris, but if you’ve been around Knoxville for very long, you know some of their culinary and other hospitality ventures: The Side Street Cafe in Homberg, Calamata Kitchen which they opened in 1998 and Cafe Four on Market Square, which followed in 2008. Subsequently, they began operating a […]

The Double S Wine Bar Set to Open Downtown

The Double S Wine Bar is on the verge of opening at 129 South Gay Street. The timing of a final permit will determine if the opening is this weekend or sometime next week. The space is beautiful, the wines will arrive as soon as the permit gives the green light and the 100 block […]

Blackhorse Brewery and Downtown Pub and Cruze Farm Dairy Shop Are Open On Gay Street

Announcements of new downtown businesses are coming so hard and fast, that they are over lapping and the actual openings can get lost in the din surrounding the next big thing. This article is an effort to cycle back and document two businesses which were announced, but I haven’t photographed them since they weren’t ready […]

Tako Taco is Open!

It hasn’t been that long since it was announced that chef Jesse Newmister planned to open a second restaurant after his Kaizen concept which has been so successful. It took just two months to open Tako Taco, and the results were displayed in a soft opening last night. Located at 235 West Depot, the restaurant […]

Tako Taco: New Restaurant Announced for Downtown at the Mill and Mine

Chef Jesse Newmister announced the opening of his second restaurant in downtown Knoxville, as Tako Taco joins Kaizen, his original restaurant. While Kaizen has become one of the hottest restaurants in the city, Newmister is limited there by a small kitchen space and has wanted a larger kitchen in order to pursue his culinary vision […]