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BREAKING NEWS
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NEW KARNS LOCATION CONFIRMED

The former Gatti's Pizza location has been transformed into an All American Grill.  The Grand Opening Festivities occured this past weekend and the location is open for business.

Abuelo's
TEQUILA FESTIVAL TO RAISE MONEY FOR REMOTE AREA MEDICAL new
Abuelo's at the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek will host a Southern Tequila and Taco Festival on Saturday, April 25th, 2015.  This event which is expected to be an annual event will support operations of the Remote Area Medical.  Attendees will not only experience great tequila the venue will include margaritas, mojitos, cocktails, Mexican Beers and craft beers.  Additionally, many area Mexican Restaurants will be there to feature their specialty tacos and other siganture dishes.  Live entertainment will be on hand as well as a Mariachi Band.  Visit www.southerntequilafest.com for tickets and more information.
BOURBON STREET CAFE IS NOW OPEN
Located in/adjacent to the Orangery in Bearden, the bar features whiskey and the menu offers New Orleans Cajun Cuisine. 
LAROSA'S PIZZERIA IS NOW OPEN
Despite the inclement weather, the new Knoxville location is open and serving guests.  Reviews are good for the food but some service related issues are the major complaints. 
Which Wich
WHICH WICH IS NOW OPEN NEW!!
Ordering is a bit different here.  Grab a bag, take your time.  Pick a sandwich, grab a Sharpie and mark your toppings, give your name and head to the cashier.  Your name will be called when your wich is ready.  The restaurant gives a 100% guarantee on satisfaction.  Located in the Landings at Cedar Bluff with the new Kroger Marketplace. 
Bad Daddy's
BAD DADDY"S BURGER BAR @ TURKEY CREEK NEW!!
A full service restaurant with a chef driven menu of gourmet burgers, chopped salads and creative sides.  The Knoxville location is the franchise's first location in Tennessee.  The chain offers craft beers and handspun milkshakes.  2015 is a year in which the chain hopes to accelerate it's growth.  Knoxville location is at 11638 Parkside Drive.  (NOW OPEN)

DICKEY'S GRAND OPENING (NOW OPEN)
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The chain has announced a Turkey Creek location at 11483 Parkside Drive.  The chain has had locations in all areas of the state except East Tennessee.  Kids eat free on Sunday and there is soft serve ice cream served free every day.  The menu includes the usuals:  brisket, chicken, pork, ham and ribs.  Sides include all of the homemade favorites.  Sandwiches, salads and baked potatoes.

LONGHORN WEST TOWN MALL  (NOW OPEN)
Longhorn Steakhouse at West Town Mall is up and located on the west side of the mall near Dillards.  Darden Restaurants also has another company location in Turkey Creek. 
tomchee
TOM+CHEE COMING TO CEDAR BLUFF (NOW OPEN)
The new development at Cedar Bluff will include a new Tom+Chee which serves up a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and a variety of tomato soups.  They are also famous for their Grilled Cheese Doughnut. The location is located next to LaRosa's Pizzeria which is also new to Knoxville.  At last check, the line was long.  KNS Grub Scout also reports the line to be long.
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Closings:

Gyrene Burgers - Cumberland Avenue
The location is now being operated as "We're Cooking"
Irish Times Pub & Restaurant - Parkside Drive/Turkey Creek NEW!!
Latitude 35 - Market Square
Announced the closing of the location in it's current concept.  The owner will open under a new concept in the near future.
Laurel Mountain Eatery - Gay Street @ Main NEW!!
Location has closed.
Shono's in the City - Market Square
Location has closed for business.
Shuck Raw Bar & Ale
Knoxville's downtown location has closed and will merge with Cru Bistro just down the street..



Announcements & New Openings:
Ali Baba Deli - Downtown West
Not affiliated with the Knoxville legend that recently closed.
Asia Cafe - Central Avenue Pike
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas  (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Authentic gourmet taqcos and Spanish-style tapas served with a southern twist and prepared with ingredients that are locally sourced. House-made guacamole is prepared table-side.  Fine tequila is available in the bar and cocktails are made from scratch using fresh ingredients.  The new location in Knoxville will be Downtown.
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar - Turkey Creek/Parkside Drive NEW!!  (NOW OPEN)
New gourmet burger franchise is now open in Turkey Creek.
Balter Brewing Company - Downtown (Under Development) 
Bar Louie
A second promise.  The chain originally announced a location for Knoxville in 2012 but now intends to announce a franchise location for 2015.  No address for the Knoxville location has been provided. (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Dickey's Pit Barbecue - Turkey Creek  (NOW OPEN)
Grand Opening March 19 - 21.
East Coast Wings & Grille
The franchise agreement has been signed for K-town area locations but the franchisee has not made their plans public at this time.  The signed agreement has five new restaurants in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. 
Flapjack's Pancake Cabin - 603 E. Emory Road (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
Collier Restaurant Group is expanding their Sevierville-Pigeon Forge reach into the Knoxville area and hopes to grow their concept of a log cabin pancake breakfast/lunch restaurant regionally.  The former Three Amigos has been transformed to the desired atmosphere on Emory Road.  The new location opened March 2nd and is the only location outside the Pigeon Forge area.
Frussie's Deli to Move NEW!!
Owners have announced that the location in South Knoxville will occupy the former Laurel Mountain Eatery at Gay & Main beginning in May.  The South Knoxville eatery has a cult following, but the eatery is looking for foot traffic and seeking a bakery type following.
Fulin's Asian Cuisine - Merchants Drive NEW!!
Gus's Fried Chicken  (Under Development) new.
Hurricane Grill & Wings - E. Emory Road (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
LaRosa's Pizzeria - Cedar Bluff Road (NOW OPEN) 
LaRosa's Pizzeria - Emory Road  (UNDER DEVELOPMENT) new
Las Fuentes - 2525 Chapman Highway (COMING SOON
Longhorn Steakhouse - West Town Mall (NOW OPEN) new
Darden Restaurants has opened it's second Longhorn Steakhouse in Knoxville at West Town Mall.  The company owned location is open 7 days and will seat 240 people.
Rita's Ice Water - Fountain City (COMING)
Opening is expected to occuron April 6, 2015.The new location is adjacent to Panera Bread in North Knoxville.
Senoir Cactus Mexican Grill - Karns (COMING)
The new restaurant is located in the strip center at 7811 Oak Ridge Highway.
Sweet P's Downtown Dive - Jackson Avenue Downtown (NOW OPEN) new
For all the people that take that long drive down to the marina for Sweet P's now has a location downtown just a block from the old McClung warehouse property.
Toast
Yet another breakfast, brunch, lunch restaurant has big plans to enter the Knoxville market with as many as three locations.
(UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
We're Cooking NEW!!
Regional chain has posted a new location in the former Gatti's Pizza in Karns and has taken over the Gyrene Burgers location on the UT Cumberland Avenue Strip.  The Karns location has a Grand Opening on March 28th.
Which Wich - Cedar Bluff (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
A new style of as you order it sandwich.  Fresh ingredients and a variety of condiments.  Fresh cookies by the dozen..
Whole Foods - Papermill Plaza (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
Grand Opening Event was highly attended.  The healthy grocer includes a restaurant with sushi, pizza, soup, salads and a food bar.









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