Knoxville Restaurant News


BREAKING NEWS
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PIE FIVE PIZZA COMPANY COMING TO OAK RIDGE  (OPENING SOON)
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The Pie Five Pizza Company plans to open an Oak Ridge location in September 2015.  Step to the counter and the pizza artisians will help you build your own pizza with fresh ingredients.  Artisian crust and gluten free crusts are available.  Fresh hand made salads delivered in a pizza crust bowl are made to order.  By the time you reach the cash register your pizza will arrive fresh and bubbly.
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DEL TACO ANNOUNCES EXPANSION TO EAST TENNESSEE (DEVELOPING)
A few years back, the chain announced expansion into East Tennessee ...but it never happened.  The new franchise agreement calls for 10 restaurant locations in the Knoxville area over the next five years.  The first location is planned to open in 2017. 
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.
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WILD WING CAFE II
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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.
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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.  
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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 
Laurel Mountain Eatery - Gay Street @ Main
Location has closed.



Announcements & New Openings:
Archer's BBQ  (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) NEW!!
Joining Babalu's in the old JCPenny building downtown next to Mast General Store. 
Asia Cafe - Emory Road
Owners announced a new 12000sf location to be built and opened in 2015.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas  (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
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  (NOW OPEN) NEW!!
The Aubrey's Restaurant Group has opened a new concept restaurant in the University Comons Center.
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
Quaker Steak and Grill - West Knoxville (UNDER DEVELOPMENT) new
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.
Taco Bell - Emory Road  (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)  
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.
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