Knoxville Restaurant News


BREAKING NEWS
FRESH 2 ORDER NOW OPEN new
University Commons newest opening is Fresh 2 Order, located on the Publix and Petsmart end of the complex.  Fine food served fast.  A weekend visit showed the attendance at the entire University Commons was very light.  Sequoyah Hills show some respect.  The Publix is full service and very close to the Northshore Town Center location.  The Wal-mart experience is a bit different.  Everything a student needs--groceries included.  Beer garden is included but the flower garden is not.
Hurricane
NEW KNOXVILLE LOCATION IS OPEN new
The Florida based franchise has opened it's first location in Knoxville on Lovell Road.  The location was previous concepts of Maryville, TN based Ruby Tuesday.  The franchisee plans additional locations in Knoxville and/or the East Tennessee area.  The concept offers a large variety of wings, salads, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Steaks and Tacos.
Sonny's BBQ Closes
Sonny's BBQ known throughout the South has closed it's Knoxville location.  The Knoxville location announced it's closing in advance and acknowledged their dedicated diners.  A dedicated reader tipped KDAAG to this story.
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Cici's Exits Knoxville
The chain has closed the West Knoxville and North Knoxville locations.  The nearest location is in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area.  No explanation was posted regarding the closing of the two Knoxville locations.

BLAZE PIZZA IS NOW OPEN
Your pizza is delivered in 180 seconds for on-site dining.  Located at North Peters and Kingston Pike in the Town & Country Shopping Center.
BAR LOUIE OFFERS A SECOND LOOK AT KNOXVILLE
Back in 2012 Bar Louie announced and opened locations in Chattanooga and Nashville.  Those two locations included a third location in Knoxville.  Chattanooga and Nashville opened but Knoxville didn't.  A November 7th press release from the Addison, Texas based chain indicates that a five location franchise has been signed with SHREE Enterprise Inc.  The chain has 85 locations and continues to expand.  Each location is unique to the local scene.  The Knoxville location is expected to be announced in the near future.
BOJANGLES @ UNIVERSITY COMMONS
After open ing it's newest location on Western Avenue, Bojangle's just announced a new location at University Commons home of Walmart and Publix.  The new location is on the West side of campus. (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
EL CHARRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES IT IS CLOSING
According to a Knoxille News-Sentinel report the Bearden location of El Charro Mexican Restaurant will close December 15 primarily because of local competition.  The restaurant wiil maintain a location in Farragut.  The Knoxville location is the affiliate location of the chain and is looking to open at a different location in the area.  December 20th the Bearden Hill remains operational until a new location can be located.

DICKEY'S IS COMING TO K-TOWN
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.

NEW LOCATION COMING TO WEST TOWN MALL
Richardson Turner Construction has been awarded the contract for a new Longhorn Steakhouse at West Town Mall.  The new location will be on the West side of the mall near Dillards.  Last Year, The east side of the mall saw the opening of the Cheesecake Factory.  Darden Restaurants also has a Longhorn location in Turkey Creek near the Publix.
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TOM+CHEE COMING TO CEDAR BLUFF
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.  Also on the menu are a variety of donuts.  The location will be located next to the future LaRosa's Pizzeria which is also new to Knoxville.

LAROSA'S FAMILY PIZZERIA COMING (COMING SOON)
Cincinnati based pizzeria, Larosa's plans to open a franchise location in the new Cedar Bluff development.  The restaurant is celebrating 60 years of business with 64 locations in Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky.  The Knoxville location will be it's Southern most location.  Serving up custom specialty pizzas, calzones, soups and salads, appetizers, Hoagys and homemade dessert.  The Cedar Bluff location is currently under construction near the new Zaxby's/Hardee's Red Burrito/CVS at Cedar Bluff and Kingston Pike.
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Closings:

Cici's Pizza - Kingston Pike and at Tazewell Pike
That would be all Knoxville locations of the chain apparently have closed.  According to the Cici's website, the nearest location is in Sevierville.  Reader input led to this report, no official word has been confirmed with the franchise.
El Charro Mexican Restaurant - Bearden Hill
An agreement with the new owner of the property has extended the closing of the Bearden Hill location.  The Bearden Hill location will remain open for at least 30 days.  The owner hopes to find a new affordable location in the Bearden area to continue operation.  The Farragut location will remain open.
Junction 33 - Rocky Hill  -
Lincoln Sports Grille - Oak Ridge 
Latitude 35 - Market Square NEW!!
Announced the closing of the location in it's current concept.  Currently open.
Napoli Pizza - Chapman Hwy. 
Pups Pit BBQ - S. Northshore   -
Ruby Tuesday - Oak Ridge
Shono's in the City - Market Square NEW!!
Currently open but will close at the end of January.
Sonny's BBQ  - Parkside Drive
Sonny's ceased operations at close of business on November 22.
Tin Roof - Cumberland Avenue 



Announcements & New Openings:
Asia Cafe - Central Avenue Pike
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
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.
Blaze Pizza - 113 N Peters Road  (NOW OPEN)
The 25 location chain expects to open a restaurant every six days until the end of the year.  Among Cincinnati, New Orleans, Raleigh-Durham and more, Knoxville, TN just opened.
Bojangles - University Commons  NEW!!
The chain has announced a new location to be located at University Commons.  The new location is UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The.
Burger King - Seymour (OPENING SOON)
Dean's Restaurant & Bakery - Old Broadway/Fountain City (NOW OPEN
Dickey's Pit Barbecue - Turkey Creek
The chain finally expands to East Tennessee. (COMING SOON)
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. 
Five Bar - Gay Street - Downtown (NOW OPEN)
The new restaurant that offers five of several things opened this weekend.  Five appetizers, five entrees, five drinks.  Why complicate things?  Five Bar is a chain that is located in several cities that are home to universities of the South Eastern Conference (SEC).
Flapjack's Pancake Cabin - 603 E. Emory Road
Recent checks show that the previous outside dining area has been removed and renovations to the interior space have started.
Fresh 2 Order (F20) - University Commons
As noted earlier, Fresh 2 Order, an Atlanta area based restaurant chain had plans to expand into the Knoxville area.  The chain recently announced it will be a tenant at the new University Commons near UT.  University Commons will also be home to a new Publix and Wal-mart.
(OPENING SOON)
Grujo's German Restaurant - 1420 E. Emory Road (NOW OPEN)
A German fast food to go restaurant is NOW OPEN at Dry Gap and Emory Road.  Limited inside dining with German beer available.
Hurricane Grill & Wings -  Lovell Road  (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
The Knoxville location is now open with plans to open additional locations in East Tennessee.  
Jimmy John's Sandwiches  (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
The chain's newest location is now open ibn the new Papermill Plaza between REI Outfitters and Whole Foods.
LaRosa's Pizzeria - Cedar Bluff Road (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Las Fuentes - 2525 Chapman Highway (COMING SOON
Little Mexico - 3100 Knoxville Center Drive (COMING SOON) 
Little Nicky's New York Pizza - 120 S. Peters Road (NOW OPEN)
The locally owned success in Solway is now open in Knoxville. The Grubscout loved it!!
Longhorn Steakhouse - West Town Mall 
Darden Restaurants has awarded a contract to Richardson Turner Construction for a new Longhorn Steakhouse at West Town Mall.  The parcel where National Tire & Battery was located on the Montvue side of the mall is now under construction.

Panda Express - U.T. Cumberland Avenue Strip (NOW OPEN)
Readers are reporting the location open but we have not been able to confirm that.
Philly Pretzel Company - Wal-mart on WalBrook Drive at Walker Springs NEW!!
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - U.T. Cumberland Avenue Strip (NOW OPEN)
Readers are reporting the location is Open but we cannot confirm that.
Sweet P's BBQ and Soul House - Jackson Avenue Downtown
For all the people that take that long drive down to the marina for Sweet P's BBQ, the establishment has announced a new location downtown just a block from the old McClung warehouse property.  Owner has indicated that their current schedule has a target of March 2015 opening.  (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Toast
Yet another breakfast, brunch, lunch restaurant has big plans to enter the Knoxville market with as many as three locations.
(UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Whiskey River Wild - 1945 Downtown West Blvd NEW!!
This new bar/restaurant ie located in the former Kanpai of Tokyo building.  The inside has somewhat been gutted and an extended bar will be available.  The venue will be musical in nature.  Owners indicate that this will be an adult restaurant and smoking will be allowed inside the building.  (NOW OPEN)
Whole Foods - Papermill Plaza
The Knoxville location is expected to open in the first quarter of 2015.  The healthy grocer includes a restaurant with sushi, pizza, soup, salads, and a food bar.









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