Developers of Regas Square, from left, Joe Petre, Tom Wolf, Doug White and Matt Hasbrouck stand before a rendering of the new development.
It was a heck of a preview party that launched the new Regas Square development on Wednesday evening at the Mill & Mine with more than 270 in attendance and great news coverage. (Disclosure: Moxley Carmichael helped with the function.)
Developers Doug White, Tom Wolf, Joe Petre and Matt Hasbrouck welcomed the guests, who included elected officials, community leaders and friends. Aerialists from Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio provided amazing entertainment while “ambassadors” for the developers showed guests features of the new retail and residential development on two video screens featuring virtual flyovers of the property and 18 easels with renderings and floor plans.
Delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and creative cocktail samples were prepared by Bridgewater Place in West Knoxville under the guidance of Executive Chef Terri Roberts.
The $36 million six-story Regas Square development, located at 333 W. Depot Ave., just east of the former Regas Restaurant, will include 21,000 square feet of restaurants and retail space along with 101 residential units. These will range from one- to three-bedroom residences with private garage parking, bicycle storage, storage units, state-of-the-art fitness center, clubroom and other social areas, plus a private exterior courtyard. Twenty different floor plans are available. Pre-construction pricing begins at $189,900.
“We’re thrilled to be in this location,” Petre said. “There’s redevelopment all around us, and this area continues to expand. In five years, Regas Square will be in the center of everything.”
More information about the residential units is available online at Regas Square or by contacting Kimberly Dixon Hamilton of Downtown Realty Inc. at (865) 405-8970.
From left, Ellen Bebb, City Councilmen Finbarr Saunders and George Wallace and developer John Craig were among the festive crowd.
From left, Kim and County Commissioner Bob Thomas with Cory and Trey Dickson.
From left, City Councilman Nick Pavlis, Justin Sterling and Cathy and former Knoxville Mayor Dan Brown, who currently serves on City Council.
Jennifer and County Commissioner Brad Anders with Alan Carmichael, right.
From left, Rick Emmett, the city of Knoxville’s downtown coordinator, with Marianne and Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and Gus Regas.
From left, Knoxville Vice Mayor Duane Grieve with Art and Cammie Cate and Daryl Johnson of Johnson Architecture. Art Cate is executive director of Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation.
City Councilman Mark Campen, left, with Dennis Upton.
Knoxville Chamber President and CEO Mike Edwards, left, chats about the project with Doug White.
Here’s one of the signature cocktails: The Atlas. It contains gin, elderflower, Prosecco, sour mix, cucumber and lemon.
Alan Carmichael tried one — along with another called Island Spirit. It was made of spiced rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and bitters.
Chef Terri Roberts with a platter of shrimp ceviche with avocado mousse and heirloom tomato chutney.
This was my favorite bite. It was called Regas Scrod Revisited and was made of smoked cod rillette on rye toast with Ritz cracker crumbs. Brilliant.
Trish and Dr. Buzz Nabers, “the downtown dentist.”
From left, Janet Testerman Crossley, Bill Regas and Gay Lyons.
Judith Foltz, the city’s director of special events, left, with Bob and Becky Paylor.
From left, Jenny Williams, Grady Regas, Patricia Bible and Sol Holcomb.
Doug White sharing a laugh with Marilyn Davidson.
Charley Bible and Tanya Feilke.
Erin Donovan, left, with Angela Howard.
Tom Wolf, left, and James Mynatt.
From left, Ashley Capps, Michele Hummel, Monique and Bruce Anderson.
Bill and Sharon Laing.
Ron and Peggy Turner.
From left, Daniel Odle, Chuck Morris and Daniel Park.
Mike Edwards, right, was thrilled to see his old friend, Dempsey Andes.
From left, Theresa Stone, Janet Testerman Crossley and Joanne Mounger.
Shawn Boles, left, and Alison Petre.
I was happy to see our favorite hospitality person, Kathleen Anderson. Formerly of The Orangery and Stir Fry Cafe, she’s working for Bridgewater Place now. She’s so good at her job!
Wow! The aerialists got our attention!
Bill Lyons, deputy to Mayor Madeline Rogero who was at the Democratic National Convention, made a few remarks.
Joe Petre spoke on behalf of the developers.
The crowd paused to listen.
Alan Sims, also known as “The Urban Guy,” grabbed a few shots for his blog, “Inside of Knoxville.”
Saul Young was there for the News Sentinel.
Moxley Carmichael’s Scott Bird was working the event.
And then the party continued! Stephanie Balest, left, with Trish Nabers.
Zak Goeringer and Lindsey Collins.
Wes and Liz Stowers.
Tonya and Matt Hasbrouck with Albert Harb, right.
From left, Tom Jensen, Bob Paylor and Joanne and Ed Owens.
Steve and Stefanie Hess. She works for Doug White and was a huge part of this event’s success.
Shawn Boles, left, with Marlene and Jack O’Hanlon.
Sharon and Phil Troutman.
Sandra Heinig and Dana Fathy.
From left, Sage and Louis Kohler with Charis Kraski.
Ron Turner, left, with Mark and Laura Heinz.
RJ Hinde, left, and John Winemiller.
Julia Bentley, left, and Sara Rose.
From left, Rick Stone, Angela Howard and Doug White. Rick and Angela each are purchasing condos in Regas Square.
From left, Randy Overbey, Joe Johnson and Marilyn Roddy.
Popular caterer Holly Hambright enjoying an event she didn’t have to cater.
My friend, Realtor Jim Nichols, is always working!
Duck confit steamed buns with truffled frisee and whipped goat cheese. Wow.
Former City Councilman Gary Underwood, left, with Alan Carmichael. Love the matching outfits.
Mike Edwards, left, with Patrick Roddy.
Lee Fulcher, left, and Tom Vester.
Ben and Sara Hedstrom Pinnell.
Laurens and Polly Ailor Tullock, who are purchasing a residence at Regas Square.
From left, developer Nick Cazana, Doug White and Richard Bass. Cazana is developing The Tennessean, an upscale hotel and 12 luxury condos on the west side of downtown.
From left, Marleen Davis, Gus Regas and Alvin Nance.
Bill Lyons, left, with Jean and Michael Galyon discussing downtown living. Lyons lives downtown already and the Galyons, who live in Sequoyah Hills, are toying with the idea.
Keven Burdorf and Melissa White.
Judith Foltz, left, with Robin Thomas.
Grant Riley and Johnna Easter.
George Wallace, left, and Ronnie Collins.
From left, Faris Eid, Joe Petre and Bill Regas.
Developer David Dewhirst, left, with Municipal Judge John Rosson.
Randy and Carol Overbey discuss Regas Square with Doug White, left.
Celena and Aaron Miller.
Bob Booker, standing, chats with Dempsey Andes, left, and Mike Edwards.
From left, Bob Griffitts of Congressman Jimmy Duncan’s office, Karen Carson and Knox County Trustee Ed Shouse.
Gary and Julia Bentley.
Bernie and Barbara Bernstein, left, with Ronda and Joe Landsman.
Bill Regas and Duane Grieve.
Alan Sims, left, and Jimmy Buckner.
From left, Michele and Mike Carringer with Knox County Register of Deeds Sherry Witt.
Matthew Helms, left, with Tom and Melanie Wood.
From left, Mary Holbrook, Betsy Canari and Chris Burkhart.
How’s this for a dessert course? Called “Espresso Yo Self,” it is Godiva chocolate liqueur and espresso tequila served in a chocolate cup.
Passing out fliers at the door as folks exited were this cute pair, Joseph and Isabel Petre. Good job.
One note about the venue, the Mill & Mine. It is a beautiful space that is a virtual blank canvas for almost any kind of event. I just wanted to show you what it looked like before the party started.