Knoxville, TN: Join us on Saturday, August 29 from 4 -10pm as we toast 25 wonderful years in Knoxville with a free concert on Market Square featuring Scott Miller & The Commonwealth, Guy Marshall, Exit 65, and Jacqui & The Tumble Kings.

“When I answer the question ‘how long have you been in business’ with ‘25 years,’ I can hardly believe it myself,” said Mahasti Vafaie, owner of The Tomato Head. “What an honor to be able to celebrate our anniversary with the people of Knoxville who have made it all possible.”        

Our event will also serve as a Loving Spoonful fundraiser for the Knoxville History Project, led by Jack Neely. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of beer ID wristbands goes directly to KHP as well as any profits from the festival.

“The Knoxville History Project, in association with the new independent weekly newspaper known as the Knoxville Mercury, welcome this opportunity to celebrate the Tomato Head’s silver anniversary,” said Jack Neely, Director of the Knoxville History Project.

“In its first quarter-century, the Tomato Head has become something more than a restaurant, spearheading downtown’s redevelopment and making all sorts of good things seem possible (sidewalk cafes in Knoxville? Seriously?). We’re grateful for this opportunity to commemorate the legacy of one of our favorite Knoxville institutions, as we celebrate our own launch--and all of it in Market Square, helping the most historic spot in Knoxville get slightly more historic in the bargain.” 

Tomato Head co-owner Scott Partin has collaborated with Knoxville’s Saw Works Brewing Company on a silver anniversary ale, which will be available at both Tomato Head locations beginning August 1 as well as at our celebration on Market Square.  

People interested in volunteering at our event as exit monitors, ID checkers, or backstage runners should contact Visit Knoxville at

For more information or interviews, please contact Jack Neely, Director of the Knoxville History Project, at, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at and 865-850-2318.

About Knoxville History Project

The Knoxville History Project is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit conveying the history and culture of Knoxville as the foundation for understanding its present and creating its future.

About The Tomato Head

Opened in 1990, The Tomato Head is committed to helping the community by supporting sustainable agriculture, giving to East Tennessee nonprofits, and recycling its packaging waste. Its charitable donation program, Loving Spoonful, is a partnership between East Tennessee nonprofits and the restaurant. It consists of a series of Tuesday fundraisers with a percentage of the proceeds raised going to our community partner of the month.