Knoxville got its first taste of dining rooms in November when Marble City Market opened on the north side of downtown at 333 W. Depot Ave.
But to get a real feel for what are food hall developers planning for the former Kern’s Bakery just south of downtown?you have to go further south to Atlanta or Tampa, where the respective Ponce . City Market and anchor works foodhallen focuses on providing experiences beyond the kitchen.
Even Kern’s developer Alex Dominguez told Knox News that these examples are fair comparisons, though he believes the South Knoxville dining room will have its own unique personality.
Kern’s will have a rooftop bar such as Armature Works, as well as areas dedicated to retail vendors such as Ponce City.
Of course, Kern’s will have food vendor stalls with walk-up service and shared seating throughout the building, as will Marble City Market. But that’s where the similarities end.
Visual journalist Calvin Mattheis joins the podcast “The Scruffy Stuff” this week as a co-host to talk with yours truly, reporter Ryan Wilusz, about how Kern’s Bakery Food Hall will be different from Marble City Market.
I share a few the biggest takeaways from my exclusive virtual reality tourincluding lawn details for outdoor events and full-service food and beverage options planned for Kern’s.
The episode is now available on Spotify, Apple, and other streaming platforms. Or just listen in the podcast player below.
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