Could downtown Knoxville benefit from new restaurants, bars?


“What do you want to do for dinner?” This question has led to countless petty arguments between family members and friends over the years.

Deciding on dinner can be even more difficult in a city like Knoxville, where restaurants of all prices and inspirations have their place at the table.

But downtown Knoxville, an eastern Tennessee food court and foodie haven, could still benefit from a few new concepts.

Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis discuss the missing restaurants and bars in downtown Knoxville in this week’s episode of “The Scruffy Stuff” podcast.

Share your thoughts with the hosts using their contact details below and, as always, join the Urban Knoxville group on Facebook to be a part of the downtown discussion.

Listen to this week’s episode

Stories discussed on the show:

Town center shops closed:Which ones would you bring back?

Sassy Ann’s:Knoxville bar closed after more than two decades

Osteria Stella and Brother Wolf:A “love letter” meets a “social lubricant” in the old town

Fish and chips:The restaurant of the creator of Emilia will offer a dough “of a crispy crunchy”

Gay Street:If new projects are any indication, is the city center ready for a renaissance?

Food and bar scene:How ‘Portfolio Players’ Impact the ‘Little Guys’ of Downtown Knoxville

About the show

“The Scruffy Stuff” is the source for advancing the conversation about issues, trends and opportunities in the heart of the city.

Plates of roasted olives and pecans with garlic, mint and pomegranate molasses are prepared for Hi Baby's Israeli and Levantine pop-up dinner at A Dopo Pizza on June 1.  Laurence Faber and Emily Williams are behind the Hi Baby concept and eventually hope to open a permanent restaurant downtown.

New episodes come out every Monday, centered around an issue that preoccupies downtown lovers. We also plan to answer questions you may never have thought of.

These questions will spark discussion, engage our listeners, and will undoubtedly make us bang our heads.

To keep co-hosts cool and provide additional expertise, Urban Knoxville newsletter and Facebook group creator Kelli Krebs will regularly join the show, along with other Knox News guests.

I have an idea? Want to be introduced?

In between each episode, you can reach out to Ryan and Calvin to share their comments and your own questions about downtown Knoxville. The questions could become an episode, and your perspective could simply be shared on the show.

Leave a recorded message on our hotline at 865-226-9192 to be featured on the podcast, or contact the co-hosts at [email protected] and [email protected]

Be sure to follow Ryan and Knox News on Instagram @knoxscruff and @knoxvillephoto.

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