Knoxville Restaurant News


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.
Tom+Chee 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.

The chain has secured a location at 121 N Peters Road near the new Conn's Home Plus Store.  The chain offers fresh made-from-scratch dough with healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line.  With their blazing hot oven, after preparation, it only takes 180 seconds for your crispy pizza to be ready to eat.  The chain plans on opening a new location every six days until the end of 2014. 

The fast growing chain plans to open a location in the former Ruby Tuesday (Jim & Nicks BBQ) located on Lovell Road.  The restaurant has a Carribbean atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy.  Serving up 30 flavors of wings the restaurant also has numerous entrees, sandwiches, salads, quesadillas and tacos and dessert.  Menu added 8/3/2014. (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.
Smoked Hawgs
Smoked Hawgs  (NOW OPEN)
In the absence of Ott's BBQ in the Brookview Development (near Papermill), a new potential franchise opens that offers BBQ with a few other country favorites.  A new start up has partenered with the adjacent Half Pint to enter the area market.
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Lincoln Sports Grille - Oak Ridge NEW!!
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Announcements & New Openings:
Asia Cafe - Central Avenue Pike
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
Blaze Pizza - 113 N Peters Road  (COMING SOON)
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 is listed.
Bojangles - Chapman Highway
Bojangles - Western Avenue near Sanderson (OPENING SOON)
Brown Bag - First Tennessee Plaza, 800 S. Gay Street.
The chain is taking over the former Lunchbox location. 
Burger King - Seymour (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Dean's Restaurant & Bakery - Old Broadway/Fountain City (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 NEW!!
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  (OPENING SOON) 
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.
French Market II - Farragut
The second location of FM is under construction in Farragut and opening soon.
Grujo's German Restaurant - 1420 E. Emory Road (COMING SOON)
Expected to be a short order restaurant with minimal inside seating.
Hardee's Red Burrito - Various Locations
Several of the Knoxville area Hardee's have converted to the Hardee's/Red Burrito locations.  This adds a variety of burritos to the menu.  A number of the locations have converted.......but not all locations.  The Cedar Bluff location is NOW OPEN.
Hurricane Grill & Wings -  Lovell Road  (COMING SOON)
Renovations are underway with fresh paint on the outside of the building and a change of the signs.
Ichiban Restaurant - S. Northshore (COMING SOON)
Jalapeno's Mexican Grill - North Broadway
Jalapeno's Grill from Corryton will open a location in the Iconic Vic & Bills Deli location on North Broadway.
Jersey Mike's - University Commons (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
Jimmy John's Sandwiches  (COMING SOON)
The chain's newest location will be located in the new Papermill Plaza between REI Outfitters and Whole Foods.
Juice Bar - Bearden (NOW OPEN)
Coming in the former space of Papa Murphy's next to First Tennessee.
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) NEW!!
The locally owned success in Solway is now open in Knoxville.
Longhorn Steakhouse - West Town Mall NEW!!
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.
Panda Express - U.T. Cumberland Avenue Strip (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - U.T. Cumberland Avenue Strip (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
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.  (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Yet another breakfast, brunch, lunch restaurant has big plans to enter the Knoxville market with as many as three locations.
Whiskey River Wild - 1945 Downtown West Blvd
This new restaurant will be 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.  (COMING SOON)


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