Knoxville Restaurant News


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firstwatch
COMING TO BEARDEN HILL (DEVELOPING) NEW
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.
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CICI'S TO RETURN TO KINGSTON PIKE LOCATION (DEVELOPING)
Thanks to reader input, we have confirmed that the Knoxville (Kingston Pike) location will reopen this summer.  Cici's closed their two Knoxville locations and one in Sevierville a few months back.  The Cici's Corporate website lists the Kingston Pike location as opening soon. 
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Closings:

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.
Flapjack's Pancake Cabin - 603 E. Emory Road (NOW OPEN)
Collier Restaurant Group is expanding their Sevierville-Pigeon Forge reach into the Knoxville area and hopes to grow their concept of a log cabin pancake breakfast/lunch restaurant regionally.  The former Three Amigos has been transformed to the desired atmosphere on Emory Road.  The new location opened March 2nd and is the only location outside the Pigeon Forge area.
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)
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.
Sweet P's Downtown Dive - Jackson Avenue Downtown (NOW OPEN)
For all the people that take that long drive down to the marina for Sweet P's now has a location downtown just a block from the old McClung warehouse property.
Taco Bell - Emory Road  (DEVELOPING)  NEW!!
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)
Whole Foods - Papermill Plaza (NOW OPEN)
Grand Opening Event was highly attended.  The healthy grocer includes a restaurant with sushi, pizza, soup, salads and a food bar.









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