Knoxville Restaurant News


BREAKING NEWS
A Southern Legend Closes new
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.
cici's
Cici's Exits Knoxville new
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 new
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 new
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.
NEWEST BOJANGLES NOW OPEN new
Knoxville's newest location of Bojangles to opened on Western Avenue.  The chain celebrated by offering prizes throughout the opening day on November 18th.  The new location is company owned and will be open from 5am to 10pm Monday thru Saturday and open at 6am til 10pm on Sunday.
EL CHARRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES IT IS CLOSING new
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 Knoxvillel location is the affiliate location of the chain and is looking to open a different location in the area..

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.
Tom+Chee Cedar Bluff
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.

BLAZE PIZZA COMING TO CEDAR BLUFF
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. 

COMING TO TURKEY CREEK AREA
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. (OPENING SOON)

LAROSA'S FAMILY PIZZERIA COMING
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 NEW!!
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 NEW!!
Owners have announced the location will close December 15.  If another location can be located in the Bearden area, owners will consider reopening the restaurant.  The Farragut location will remain open.
Lincoln Sports Grille - Oak Ridge 
Napoli Pizza - Chapman Hwy. 
Pups Pit BBQ - S. Northshore   -
Ruby Tuesday - Oak Ridge
Sonny's BBQ Closes - Parkside Drive NEW!!
Sonny's ceased operations at close of business on November 22.



Announcements & New Openings:
Asia Cafe - Central Avenue Pike
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
Bar Louie NEW!!
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) NEW!!
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 - Chapman Highway
Bojangles - Western Avenue near Sanderson (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
Opened with a BANG.  The new location has opened.
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
An application for business has been applied yet the physical location has no indication that the space has been rented nor does it indicate any new business is coming.  The strip location indicates the space is available for rental.
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)
French Market II - Farragut  (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
The second location of the downtown Knoxville restaurant is now open in the 'Burbs.
Grujo's German Restaurant - 1420 E. Emory Road (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
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  (OPENING SOON)
Renovations are underway with fresh paint on the outside of the building and a change of the signs.
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.
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 OPENNEW!!
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.

Panda Express - U.T. Cumberland Avenue Strip (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)
Philly Pretzel Company - Wal-mart on WalBrook Drive at Walker Springs NEW!!
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.  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
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)
Whole Foods - Papermill Plaza NEW!!
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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