Knoxville Restaurant News


BREAKING NEWS
Rosarito's Cantina (OPENING SOON)
The former Carino's and Silver Spoon Cafe location on Lovell Road will be transformed to accomodate a bit more upscale Mexican restaurant.  Johnny Carino's closed and re-opened as Carino's and failed at this location.  A multi-troubled Silver Spoon Cafe relocated from Bearden and failed at this location.  Maybe the third time is a charm with a Mexican Cantina.
wild wing
WILD WING CAFE II
(DEVELOPING)
The Knoxville Franchisee of Wild Wing Cafe has announced a second Knoxville location in downtown.  The location will represent only the second chain restaurant in Downtown Knoxville.  The new location is on Gay Street across the street from the JCPenny Building in the location of the former J's Mega Mart.  The location is expected to open before year's end.
firstwatch
COMING TO BEARDEN HILL (DEVELOPING)
The Breakfast and Lunch or Daytime Cafe will build a new location adjacent to Kimball's Jewelers atop Bearden Hill.  The only other Knoxville location is adjacent to the Publix in Turkey Creek on Parkside Drive.  The chain is known for it's extensive breakfast offerings as well as modest lunch offerings.  The cafe closes at 2pm daily.  The new Bearden location is under development.  Breaking News!!  First Watch has acquired The Egg & I.  The Egg & I already has a Bearden location and that makes the news of a Bearden First Watch location a bit fuzzy.  
cicis
CICI'S RETURNS TO KINGSTON PIKE LOCATION (NOW OPEN)
The totally revamped  and remodeled Kingston Pike location of Cici's Pizza is now open.  The location re-opened June 2 with plans to open another location within a year.  Earlier this year, both Knoxville locations  closed without notice.  Owners are very proud of the renovated location and look forward to serving quality ingredients to their customers.
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Closings:

Doc's Grille NEW!!
The former Kingston Alley last changed it's name in format just a short time ago.  The business has been sold and will return soon as "The Alley."
Gyrene Burgers - Cumberland Avenue
The location is now being operated as "We're Cooking"
Irish Times Pub & Restaurant - Parkside Drive/Turkey Creek 
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
Location has closed.
Shono's in the City - Market Square
Location has closed for business.



Announcements & New Openings:
Ali Baba Deli - Downtown West
Not affiliated with the Knoxville legend that recently closed but will honor some of the same recipes..
Asian Gourmet  (OPENING SOON) NEW!!
Opening at 151 N. Seven Oaks Drive
Asia Cafe - Central Avenue Pike
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas  (OPENING SOON)
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 in the old JCPenny building next to Mast General.
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)
Cafe Rocca - 716 20th Street (Campus)  (OPENING SOON) 
Corner Pocket Cafe & Lounge - 513 N. 17th Street (Campus)  (OPENING 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. 
Fieldhouse Social - 2525 University Commons Way  (OPENING SOON)
The Aubrey's Restaurant Group plans to open a new restaurant in the University Comons Center.
Frussie's Deli Moving
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 (NOW OPEN)
Knoxville's second location is now open in the former Wok Hay at Merchants Drive.
Gus's Fried Chicken  (Under Development) .
Hurricane Grill & Wings - E. Emory Road (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Jimmy John's Sandwiches - Calderwood Street - Maryville (UNDER DEVELOPMENT) NEW!!
Las Fuentes - 2525 Chapman Highway (COMING SOON
Pyramid Deli & Cafe - 6535 Kingston Pike
Rita's Ice Water - Fountain City (NOW OPEN)
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.
Taco Bell - Emory Road  (DEVELOPING)  
New stand alone location set for the lot between Zaxby's and Jets Pizza.
Toast
Yet another breakfast, brunch, lunch restaurant has big plans to enter the Knoxville market with as many as three locations.
(UNDER DEVELOPMENT)









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