Marble City Market: vast array of choices (and fun!)

Keith Wilson, center, is the general manager of Marble City Market. Polly Fisher and Daryl Johnson joined him during the preview party.

If you can’t find something you like at the newly opened Marble City Market in Regas Square, you aren’t hungry! More than 300 folks showed up last Wednesday for the preview party for the new food hall, which features 11 eateries, a big bar and two Topgolf Swing Suites. And a whole bunch (including me!) showed up again when the venue opened for real on Friday.

At the preview party, guests were served sample sizes of some of the best offerings. On Friday, the portions were actual sized!

You know how Knoxville loves a new restaurant. I guess the giddiness on display Wednesday night just shows what happens when there are 11 new restaurants opening at the same time!

Marble City Market is operated by Hospitality HQ, a culinary consulting and management company helmed by award-winning chef Akhtar Nawab.

The arts folks showed up! From left, Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director David Butler, Knoxville Opera Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Salesky and Ted Smith (a numbers guy who appreciates art!)

Politicians showed up! Knoxville City Council Member Seema Singh, left, and Virginia Babb of the Knox County Board of Education.

Media people showed up! From left, WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit, with Howard White and Shanna Browning.

Ryan Wilusz of Knox News was planning his attack! Here’s the very comprehensive story he wrote about the evening:

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler, left, with Ken and Tammy Knight of the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Knoxville City Council Member Janet Testerman with Kevin Hughes, left, and her hubby, Joey Creswell.

Knoxville City Council Member Amelia Parker, right, with Lisa East, left, and Deidra Harper.

School Board Vice Chair Evetty Satterfield.

Here’s one of the offerings from Po’ Richard’s.

Donnie Rudder was staffing that station.

Dino Cartwright, public relations director for the project, was a blur of activity. (But he did pause for a sip or two!)

A view of the very fun bar, Frank and George’s, named for the two Regas brothers who founded the historic Regas Restaurant, previously located on the site.

From left, Chelse Regas and her father, Gus Regas, Marilyn Sadler and Chris Paris.

Grady Regas.

The Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich from Seoul Brothers.

Vic Scott owns Seoul Brothers, along with her sibling, Josh Coates.

And here he is, posing with Brenna McDermott of Knox News.

Here’s a fun group! From left, Brent Thompson, State Rep. Eddie Mannis, Renee Repka, Sherry Jenkins and Blake Gibson.

Tammy White, left, and Justin Cazana.

Susan Brown and Mark Grayson. She lives in Regas Square, so this will be particularly convenient for her!

Portabella sandwich samples from Paysan.

R.J. Hinde, left, and John Winemiller.

Did you notice these in their drinks? Dehydrated limes made in-house at Frank and George’s daily.

Rick Stone, left, another resident of Regas Square, with Sheriff Spangler.

Melissa White and Alan Carmichael.

Nick Looney manning the bar, a very important job!

Food bloggers Mandee and Eric McNew.

Dr. Bill and Laura Pippin. He recently opened Marble City Dentistry on the ground floor of First Horizon Plaza.

The practice offers facial esthetics, as well as dentistry. I encouraged Laura to wear this button because she looks like a million bucks — and nothing is better advertising than living proof! She works there, too.

Here were some offerings from Penne For Your Thoughts! I loved the garlic and parmesan waffle fries and the fried ravioli!

Paula Clancy, left, and Angela Howard. Angela lives at Regas Square and Paula was the interior designer on her condo.

Larry and Brenda Cox.

Moxley Carmichael folks were staffing the check-in table. From left, Lauren Miller, Scott Bird and Maria McHale.

Here’s another shift of Moxley Carmichael folks. From left, Katrina Roberts, Amy Barger and Allie Clouse.

From left, Kim Thomas, Chuck Ward and Bob Thomas.

An offering from L&O BBQ.

From left, Judith and Michael Foltz with Rebecca Cazana.

Downtown dwellers Jonida and Theotis Robinson.

Knox News Editor Joel Christopher and his wife, Sarah Riley, also from Knox News.

Joan Ashe, left, and Gay Lyons.

From left, Jesse Fox Mayshark of Compass Knox, Casey Fox and Rick Held.

Jerry and Kimberly Glenn.

Jabar Thomas holding up the bar.

Eddie and Tracey Speeks.

From left, Ellen Bebb, Finbarr Saunders, Bart Carey and Stephanie Sirh.

From left, Gay Lyons, Kim Lauth and Steve Jenkins.

Cliff and Jacque Hawks with Kelly Absher, at right.

From left, Brian Salesky, State Rep. Michele Carringer and her husband, Dr. Mike Carringer, and Ronnie Collins.

Brian and Pam Rhoades.

Bill Lyons, left, witih Pat and State Rep. Dave Wright.

Dr. Bill Pippin, left, chats with Will Boyd, a musician with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra who was providing music that night. Dr. Pippin is a big jazz fan.

From left, Bill Bruce, Ghada Eid, Mary Kathryn Kennard and Faris Eid.

Becky and Bob Paylor.

Alexander pouring me some pinot grigio! I really appreciated it!


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9 Responses to Marble City Market: vast array of choices (and fun!)

  1. Alan Carmichael, on November 8th, 2021 at 4:08 pm said:

    Another great dining option for downtown . . . or is it Short North?

  2. Gay Lyons, on November 8th, 2021 at 4:25 pm said:

    What a fun time! I can’t wait to go back.

  3. Karyn Holbrook, on November 8th, 2021 at 5:40 pm said:

    What a great article! Makes me hungry.

  4. Lillian Mashburn, on November 8th, 2021 at 8:23 pm said:

    Met my son and his family this evening for a birthday celebration for his daughter. We tried different things! I had the ramen, super good! Others had Smash burger, pizza, doughnuts, philly sandwiches!!! Lots of fun!!

  5. Rufus Huffaker, on November 8th, 2021 at 8:24 pm said:

    Could’ve told more about the businesses …seemed more interested in who was there

  6. Cynthia Moxley, on November 8th, 2021 at 8:33 pm said:

    Alan: Either way, a great option!

    Gay: I will meet you there anytime!

    Karyn: You will love it!

    Lillian: Great story!

    Rufus: Let me refer you to the story in the News Sentinel for lots of details about each restaurant. My blog is really about events. That’s why I focused on who was there.

  7. Sara, on November 9th, 2021 at 8:57 am said:

    We are SOOOO excited about this! Heading there today for lunch!

  8. Tom Catani, on November 10th, 2021 at 8:06 am said:

    Welcome to another something new in Knoxville – congrats to all the pioneers!

  9. Cynthia Moxley, on November 10th, 2021 at 8:40 am said:

    Sara: What a perfect location for you and your folks to gather for lunch or drinks!

    Tom: This town just keeps getting better!

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