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 […]

OliBea to Move

Sometimes problems produce exciting opportunities. Such is the case with Jeffrey DeAlejandro and OliBea. The successful breakfast spot, which I first wrote about four years ago tomorrow, has outgrown its space. “Sometimes there is an hour-and-a-half wait on a weekend,” Jeffrey said recently. There’s a pretty hard limit of around 30 for a seating and […]

Chef Jeffrey DeAlejandro of OliBea (and family) Have a Cool New Urban Home

Chef Jeffrey and I had talked about the small, unassuming building he’d purchased across from the downtown dog park for at least a couple of years. He’d invited me to lunch in his new home for food and conversation and a look at the new space. As I walked through a light snowfall, I wasn’t […]

Top Ten Articles of 2014

So, here we are with the top ten. Before we get into it, I’d like to thank some people who have been important to the success of the blog this year. Just John added tremendous value by writing about his innovative ideas for the city and spurring great conversations. Guest bloggers Greg Manter, Adam Henig, […]

OliBea Opens in the Old City

OliBea, 119 S. Central, Knoxville, December 2014 Several weeks ago I told you about a breakfast restaurant coming to 119 S. Central Street. You’ll get the background there regarding Chef Jeffrey DeAlejandro’s new venture which opened this week. Currently serving breakfast from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM, the hours will eventually be expanded to include […]