Knoxville’s Own Petro’s Chili & Chips Carves Its Spot in the Downtown Market

Petro’s Chili & Chips opened in its new Market Square location last Thursday to a large response. Downtown workers have told me since the announcement that Petro’s was coming to 2 Market Square that they were happy to have a fast, counter-service restaurant to patronize during lunch and they have come out in such great […]

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, […]

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, […]

Simpl Opens Wednesday at 1120 Sevier Avenue on the South Side

It’s been a journey. The opening was to have been in early spring before a series of twists and turns and unexpected delays. They’ve endured the same kinds of struggles all businesses, particularly restaurants, experience when trying to open. It all comes to a happy ending with the official opening tomorrow of Simpl on Sevier […]

New Restaurant Announced for Former Bank Space

What happens when banks no longer need huge lobbies? If they’re located in a city as lucky as this one, they might get an exciting new restaurant. That’s what will happen later this year when David Rule of Maryville’s Walnut Kitchen opens his new concept at 625 Market Street in the elegant former lobby of […]