Regas Property, in partnership with Hospitality HQ and Cushman & Wakefield, has announced a search for top local and regional culinary talent for their new food hall concept, Marble City Market, set to open Summer 2021. Located in the Old City area of Downtown Knoxville, the 15,000 sq. ft. site will feature a carefully curated lineup of 11 vendors, a 40-seat bar, indoor/outdoor seating for 500+ guests and two Top Golf Swing Suite Simulators, creating one of the most exciting new experiences in the state. 

“Since acquiring the Regas Square block in 2013, it has been our deliberate intention to build on the tradition of this location as ‘The Gathering Place,’” said Regas Property partner Tom Wolf. “We are excited to bring Marble City Market to Downtown Knoxville and offer our community a unique dining and entertainment experience unlike anything else in East Tennessee.” 

Marble City Market will bring the region’s most vibrant and talented chefs to its tables, carrying the property’s rich, 100 year-long history forward as the premier place for fine food and drink in Knoxville. Built by passionate Knoxvillians with a lifelong commitment to making Downtown a better place to live, work and play, the food hall will serve as a genuine extension of Regas Square’s ethos by offering an attractive new space for UT students, downtown employees, and neighborhood residents to gather and unwind. 

Culinary offerings at Marble City Market are being curated by Hospitality HQ (HHQ), a national operator of renowned food halls, ghost kitchens and independent restaurants helmed by celebrity chef Akhtar Nawab. HHQ is dedicated to bringing artisanal food and drink, a convivial atmosphere and genuine hospitality to Marble City Market, as well as providing high quality service at all levels by prioritizing the comfort, safety, and wellbeing of their guests as well as their tenants. Marble City Market will be the first dining establishment in Knoxville designed specifically for a post-COVID environment, featuring enhanced ventilation, generous outdoor seating, and integrated online ordering and contactless pay systems. 

“We felt an instant connection to this project from the moment we met the Regas Property team, as we share a passion for genuine hospitality and building community,” said HHQ Founding Partner and CEO Akhtar Nawab. “These are traits that we also seek in the chefs and culinary entrepreneurs who will operate as Marble City Market vendors. We look forward to exploring the region for like-minded talent to bring artisanal concepts to our food hall.” 

HHQ is currently seeking passionate local and regional culinary professionals to fill Marble City Market’s 11 vented and non-vented stalls. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply for more information and can do so by filling out the contact form on the Regas Square website. Vendors will benefit from the financial and promotional incentives that come with operating within a food hall, including lower startup costs, shared expenses, heightened visibility and marketing support, and more. Please visit to find out more. 

About Regas Square 
Located in one of the city’s most dynamic areas and encompassing nearly a city block, Regas Square offers close 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 

About Hospitality HQ (HHQ) 
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 the 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. (Prather’s on the Alley/Lucky Danger) and Chicago (Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall), with forthcoming initiatives in Knoxville (Marble City Market, Summer 2021), Houston (Lyric Market; Summer 2021), Riverdale, MD (Fall 2021), Portland, ME (Rock Row, Summer 2022) and more to be announced. For more information, visit