Marble City Market, Downtown Knoxville’s newest dining destination offering a wide variety of cuisines from an impressive lineup of vendors, plus a Topgolf Swing Suite, opens to the public at 11AM EST, Friday, November 5, 2021.

“Hospitality HQ has worked hard to put together an incredible lineup of unique culinary concepts, from Southern BBQ and Korean, to Italian and Classic American,” said Chef Nawab. “We are proud to call our culinary collective home to a number of local vendors who are launching their first brick and mortar locations or expanding their business with us. Hospitality HQ looks forward to establishing a foundation for our team as a part of the Knoxville community."

The inaugural vendor lineup for Marble City Market includes:

o Inspired by the English ‘Chippy’ and Belgian Bistro Favorite ‘Moules Frites’, Fantail
Fish and Frites will offer Chef Matt Gallaher’s take on these European classics. The ultra-crispy batter Chef Gallaher developed for his Italian restaurant, Emilia, inspired Andrew Bui from Tasting to note it’s ‘as shatteringly crisp at the end of a two-hour dinner as it was when the basket first hit our table’. Hand cut and twice cooked ‘frites’ will be offered alongside Battered Haddock and Jumbo Shrimp in addition to Large Bowls of Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels. The versatile batter will also be showcased in seasonal offerings such as Fish Tacos, Calamari and the Italian ‘Fritto Misto’. Principals: Chef Matt Gallaher, David Rudder.

o Paysan Sandwich Shop is an expansion of Blake Sallie’s bakery, Paysan Bread
and Bagels. His Bagel Sandwiches are popular earlier in the day so Paysan Sandwich Shop will rely heavily on Blake’s Freshly Baked Hoagie Rolls to offer more lunch and dinner friendly options. The rotating menu will feature Meatball Subs, Reubens, Cubans and some unconventional, but delicious, flavor combinations. Principals: Chef Matt Gallaher, David Rudder, Blake Sallie.

o Penne For Your Thoughts is an Italian-American fusion concept offering cuisine
composed of scratch made ingredients and sauces in a fun family environment. Focused on fast friendly service with top quality fares by putting a fun new spin on traditional Italian and American dishes. Principals: Geoff Bernstein, Samantha Wallenstein.

o Chef crafted Cheesesteak and Po’ Boys. Using the finest and freshest available ingredients, creativity and passion, Po’ Richards will deliver a culinary experience with every bite. Principals: Rick Simek, Donald Rudder.

o SeoulBrothersservesKoreanfusionfood;thinkdishesthatyoualreadyknowand
love with a Korean flavor spin! Their menu features delicious dishes like Seoul Pops (cheesy chorizo kimchi fried rice arancinis) and OG Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich and Wings. Seoul Brothers presents the Korean flavors of their childhood here in East Tennessee through familiar food that is approachable and unique. Principals: Chef Josh Coates, Vic Scott.

o Smash Knoxville is a chef-driven Smash Burger concept created by owners Paul and Ashley Moody. Using locally farmed Tennessee beef, Smash Knoxville is serving handcrafted classic and specialty smash burgers as well as buttermilk brined fried chicken sandwiches and house cut fries. Principals: Chef Paul Moody, Ashley Moody.

o   A Detroit style pizza concept. Cheesy, crispy edged square pies topped with love on a pillow of soft chewy crust. Principal: Chef Noel Cruz

o Lake and Oak pays homage to “classic BBQ techniques.” Meats are smoked using a combination of charcoal and white oak and pecan woods. The opening menu features rib tips and half and whole slabs of ribs, smoked wings, a half smoked chicken, and brisket, along with sides like Brussels sprouts and cabbage slaw, collard green fried rice, and smoked mac and cheese. Principal: Todd Richards

o Gekko Poke & Ramen serves the highest quality ramen and poke bowls, specializing in fast, high quality cuisine. Principal: Julie Lee

o The Donut Theory is Knoxville’s only exclusively gluten free donut shop, specializing in old fashioned style donuts and gluten free fried chicken. With unique flavor varieties, a rotating donut menu, and gluten free versions of traditional Southern side dishes, The Donut Theory aims to offer both comfort and excitement through each and every dish. Principles: Laura and Daniel Crawford

o Myrtle’s Bakehouse is a local bakery specializing in connecting with people through food. While Myrtle’s might be known for their cookies, which are just shy of 1/2 a pound, they are really a story of love. Myrtle loved to bake, loved to teach, and always said she “loved us more”. Drop by Myrtle’s Bakery at Marble City Market and grab a cookie, one that is big enough to share. Myrtle’s team would love to tell you about Myrtle and let you experience their stellar cookies! Principal: Dustin Cochran

o The Topgolf Swing Suite features two simulator bays and a variety of virtual games- including signature Topgolf target games, Zombie Dodgeball, Hockey, Baseball, Football, Carnival games and more – paired with comfortable lounging seating, HDTV’s, food & beverage service, & perfect for business team gatherings.

o The beverage program at Frank & George features a fresh approach to bespoke spirits with cocktails on draught, bottled cocktails, punch bowls and seasonal drinks! Frank & George offers guests access to their Cocktail Cabinet Program, a monthly program that provides a unique and delicious bottled craft cocktail marked with their name and the history of the concocted libation. Principal: Hospitality HQ

To provide all with the utmost confidence in public dining after COVID-19, Marble City Market will offer spacious seating areas, modular tables, a 3400 sq. ft. outdoor dining space, a designated takeout/pickup area, integrated online ordering technology, and contactless payment systems.

Hours of operation are as follows: Sunday-Thursday 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM- 11PM.

Situated in Downtown Knoxville, Marble City Market will be the only destination of its kind in the area, providing unique and delicious dining opportunities and accessible options to those visiting and working in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. The project is led by Regas Property and its design and operating partners, Hospitality HQ, Eimer Design, and Colicchio Consulting.

Hospitality HQ (HHQ) is a creative consulting and management group offering bespoke solutions for culinary-driven concepts across the United States. Helmed by award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV personality and cookbook author Akhtar Nawab, HHQ’s dynamic and comprehensive team prioritizes high quality service at all levels, producing systems for food and beverage concepts which consistently optimize guest experience. HHQ is currently the fastest- growing food hall management company in the country, with critically acclaimed restaurant and communal dining projects located in Brooklyn (Alta Calidad), Omaha (Inner Rail Food Hall), New Orleans (Otra Vez), Washington D.C. (Bar Chinoise) and Chicago (Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall), with forthcoming initiatives in Houston, TX (Lyric Market; Early 2022), Salt Lake City, UT (The Exchange; Early 2022), and more to be announced. For more information visit

Located in one of the city’s most dynamic areas and encompassing nearly a city block, Regas Square offers proximity to restaurants, cafes, shops, entertainment venues and galleries of downtown Knoxville and the University of Tennessee campus. The development features 101 luxury one- two- and three-bedroom residences; private garage parking and storage units; a fitness center, club room and social areas; a private exterior courtyard; and 20,700 square feet of retail and restaurant space. For more information, visit

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