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Weekend edition June 09, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Three new bars, two new hotels, and one less restaurant

Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region.

New 1970s-themed bar opens in South Knoxville

Fly By Night, a new bar by the owners of Old City bar Tern Club, is now open in South Knoxville.

This bar on Sevier Avenue is 1970s-themed, complete with vintage posters, leather booths, a muted mod color scheme, and a disco ball. Fly By Night specializes in themed craft cocktails, but also offers beer, wine, and mocktails.

You can find them at 906 Sevier Ave. Suite 126. Fly By Night is open every day but Mondays.

Dolly Parton pop-up bar open through next week

Brother Wolf in the Old City is now Jolene’s, a Dolly Parton-themed pop-up bar.

The bar temporarily changed its name for Rhinestone Fest, a Dolly Parton festival held the first week of June. Its themed drinks and decor were such a hit, it’s continuing the Dolly charade through June 19.

Jolene’s opens at 4 p.m. every day. Right now the Dolly drinks you can roll out of bed and stumble to the bar for include Cup of Ambition, Parton my French, I Will Always Love Dew, Neon Cowgirl, and Tennessee Tornado.

Zero/Zero natural wine bar opens in Happy Holler

Knoxville’s newest wine bar is now open on Central Avenue.

Zero/Zero (the slash is silent) is both the name of the bar and a style of wine-making where nothing is added or taken away. They’ll serve natural wine, which the team describes as “low intervention from farm to fermentation to bottling.” Beer and snacks are also available.

Zer0/Zero will be open every day but Tuesdays at 1211 North Central Street.

KARM Stores to open new location in Alcoa

Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM) will open its newest KARM Store location on Friday, June 16, in Alcoa.

The new thrift store at 131 N. Hall Road is less than half a mile from KARM’s current Alcoa store in the old Food City. That store will remain open, giving Alcoa shoppers two locations to shop and support KARM’s mission to help the homeless and others in need.

Copper Cellar closes on Cumberland Avenue

After 48 years of serving students, visitors, and residents on the Strip, Copper Cellar’s Cumberland Avenue location is closed.

The restaurant chain sold that location to a developer building multiple apartment buildings on the strip to address student housing needs.

Copper Cellar posted the following goodbye message on Facebook:

“Thank you, Knoxville for nearly 50 years of support at our Cumberland location! Don’t worry, you can still dine with us at our Kingston Pike location in West Knoxville. Continuing to serve you is Our Distinct Pleasure. Continue to follow us on social media for specials and exciting updates to come! We hope to see you soon at our West location or one of the many other Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants!”

Two new hotels coming to downtown Knoxville

Knox News reports Georgia-based Vector Hospitality has acquired land in downtown Knoxville to build two new hotels, an AC Hotel by Marriott at 427 Walnut St. and a Tempo by Hilton hotel and parking deck at 409 W. Church Ave.

The AC Hotel would replace a surface lot and has an estimated completion date of August 2025. The Tempo hotel would replace a different surface lot with an estimated completion date of spring 2026.

These two projects join several other downtown hotels under development, including Hotel Cleo on Gay Street and SpringHill Suites by Marriott next to Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City next to where the new multi-purpose stadium will be.

Warby Parker opening glasses store in Bearden

Popular eyeglasses company Warby Parker is set to open its first Knoxville store this year.

They’ll be setting up shop at 5356 Kingston Pike in Bearden, and are currently hiring for nine open positions, ranging from sales to medical staff.

You can apply and learn more about the company here.

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