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Which Wich
SANDWICH SHOP COMING TO CEDAR BLUFF 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.  To be located in the Landings at Cedar Bluff with the new Kroger Marketplace.  Open this Spring 2015.

POWELL UPSCALE DINING
new
The new Powell restaurant offers upscale dining and owners recommend reservations but gladly accept walk-ins.  Enjoy fresh pastries and other fancy sweets,  Entrees include a burger & fries under $15.00.  Appetizers include primitive bread with butter.  Dinner entrees offers Tennessee Trout, Lime Chicken, BBQ Duck Breast and steak entrees.  The Front Porch also offers Primuitive Home Decor upstairs.  Shop and dine in one location. 
Bad Daddy's
BAD DADDY"S BURGER BAR COMING TO 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 and plans on a Spring opening.  The chain offers craft beers and handspun milkshakes.  2015 is a year in which the chain hopes to accelerate its growth.  Knoxville location is at 11638 Parkside Drive.  (COMING)
SHUCK RAW BAR & ALE new
Thanks to reader input, we have been informed that the Downtown/Gay Street location at the Riviera Theater has closed and will merge with Cru Bistro just down the street. Shuck started Downtown and expanded to a Bearden location which remains open. 
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 opening 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.
tomchee
TOM+CHEE COMING TO CEDAR BLUFF (COMING SOON)
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:

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.
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.
Shono's in the City - Market Square
Currently open but will close at the end of January 2015.
Shuck Raw Bar & Ale NEW!!
Knoxville's downtown location has closed and will merge with Cru Bistro just down the street..
Steamboat Sandwiches - Market Square NEW!!
The restaurant is re-locating to it's original location on Central Avenue Pike.



Announcements & New Openings:
Ali Baba Deli - Downtown West NEW!!
Not clear if it is affiliated with the Knoxville Legend which is now closed.
Asia Cafe - Central Avenue Pike
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar - Turkey Creek/Parkside Drive NEW!!
New franchise coming to Turkey Creek.  (COMING SOON)
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 
The chain has announced a new location to be located at University Commons.  The new location is UNDER CONSTRUCTION. The.
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. 
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.
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)
The Knoxville location is now open with plans to open additional locations in East Tennessee.  
LaRosa's Pizzeria - Cedar Bluff Road (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Las Fuentes - 2525 Chapman Highway (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.

Philly Pretzel Company - Wal-mart on WalBrook Drive at Walker Springs
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - U.T. Cumberland Avenue Strip (NOW OPEN)
Readers are reporting the location is Open but we cannot confirm that.
Senor Cactus Mexican Grill - Karns (COMING) NEW!!
The new restaurant is located in the strip center at 7811 Oak Ridge Highway.
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)
Which Wich - Cedar Bluff NEW!!
A new style of as you order it sandwich.  Fresh ingredients and a variety of condiments.  Fresh cookies by the dozen.  Open this Spring 2015.
Whiskey River Wild - 1945 Downtown West Blvd 
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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