The Treasures of Knoxville’s West Side
Perhaps no other quadrant of the city is both so loved and loathed as West Knoxville. A haven of big box stores and chain restaurants (a happenstance borne of the town famously being a test market), it also wields a wealth of natural beauty, safe neighborhoods, inexpensive cost of living, good schools and parks galore. To be sure, the positives outweigh the negatives, but the latter very well can be cause for concern.
Negotiating traffic – rush hour or no – is trying at best, impossible at worst. The bustle inherent to each location in the burg is inevitable; remaining anger-free and unaffected by the chaos is commendable at best, worthy of sainthood at worst (not to sound redundant and/or sacrilegious). Imperviousness oftentimes seems futile, but keeping in mind the fact that fine establishments are well within reasonable driving distance is key. In other words: Your sacrifice indeed will pay off in the long run.
Although some of the jokes made about West Knox by downtowners and residents of other segments of the city are the result of legitimate gripes, many are informed by jealousy. Good things are happening everywhere you look, more often than not in this part of town. And anyone willing to invest the time and energy into better understanding West Knox and its local enterprises will find shining examples of intrinsic goodness, as well as civic pride manifest in business acumen.
As this part of Knoxville comprises more actual area than others, for the purposes of this article, it has been compartmentalized into four sections. Although geography plays a part in each, they are based primarily on communal identity. We hope that you like our selections for the best that West Knox has to offer. And we’re sorry if we couldn’t get to ya. -Matt Rankin
The Boulevard, Sutherland, Papermill & Karns
by Matt Rankin
The main thoroughfare through one of Knoxville’s most prestigious and historic neighborhoods, Sequoyah Hills, dates to the 1920s, ensuring that a fair share of local luminaries have traversed its pavement. Home to the nationally recognized Jenkins House and the University of Tennessee president’s residence, the rest of the stretch also is filled with magnificent properties, each one boasting a beautifully manicured lawn. Along with the Tennessee River, the road forms a natural barrier for Sequoyah Park, a sprawling, mixed-use public ground that is a favorite destination for joggers, dog owners, families and anyone wanting to enjoy a taste of the great outdoors in an idyllic yet urban setting.
Wild Honey Records
Battling it out with next-door neighbor the Plaid Apron for the title of hippest business in Sequoyah Hills is this excellent record shop located at 1206 Kenesaw Ave. Featuring a fantastic array of new and vintage vinyl from every conceivable musical genre, the selection is akin to an ultimate playlist compiled by a cool older brother. Factor in midnight release sales, listening events, in-store performances and great giveaways and you’ve got the perfect setup for establishing a diehard clientele, something Wild Honey has been able to accomplish in the five years since it opened in 2011.
Offering lessons in myriad forms of dance, this Sutherland Avenue business has been a Knoxville staple since 1957. Catering to both beginners and the advanced, ages three and above are welcome to enroll in classes for fall and spring in such varying disciplines as modern, jazz, hip hop and classical ballet. Stretching programs and courses promoting creative movement also are available. Not surprising given its longevity, thousands of participants have passed through the studio’s doors since its inception nearly 60 years ago. Based on its continued and overwhelming popularity (which necessitated the opening of a second location in North Knoxville), it’s easy to imagine it lasting at least another half century or so.
Dead End BBQ
Long enjoying a savory – pun intended – reputation for being a culinary destination for its fabulous world markets and Middle Eastern joints, Sutherland Avenue is experiencing another foodie boom as a result of new development along the corridor. At this point, though, Dead End can be considered one of its elder statesmen, having served up delicious portions of its signature Kansas City-style ‘cue since 2009. The main draw (the meat) is worthy of acclaim, but the serious care, attention and planning that go into the appetizers and sides are what elevate the restaurant into distinguished company. Its success has even allowed Dead End to expand into the Maryville market, where it opened a second location in 2013.
For some Knoxvillians of a certain vintage who lovingly remember frequenting the bookstore’s quaint former spot on Kingston Pike, visiting the sterile environs of the massive warehouse-like space of the current Papermill location can seem a bit off-putting. However, what it lacks in charm is more than made up in terms of both quantity and quality. Gone are the days of painstakingly searching through an entire section of books/music/movies in pursuit of a rare gem; the inventory is too abundant to do so now, and, besides, great finds abound without ever having to look too hard. In addition, the setup is excellent for browsing, so much so, in fact, that it’s not uncommon to hear tales of lost hours in the store.
Beaver Ridge Cemetery
One of the most interesting places in Karns isn’t a business, a restaurant or anything of that ilk. It is a cemetery, just off of Copper Ridge Road near where it intersects with W. Emory Road, that for generations has held a reputation for being haunted. Local legend has it that the building that once stood on the property in front of the graveyard was originally built as a Confederate hospital. Both before and after the structure’s demolition in the aftermath of a suspicious fire, the site has attracted visitors from all around the community, the county and the country based on rumors of paranormal activity. Many have reported hearing voices, specifically those of men and children.
In full disclosure, I lived roughly 300 yards from the graveyard while growing up. I always remained respectful of the site as I would any cemetery, and I would hope that any future visitors do the same. I will add, though, that old timers with whom I spoke as a kid warned against visiting and very much steered clear themselves. As for me, I saw and heard some things there that I still can’t explain, so I’d recommend the same.
Open to the public only for a few special events each year, nevertheless this historic cave system situated along Oak Ridge Highway is well worth a visit. Volunteer-operated, it is also available for group tours at a very reasonable per-person price. For a long time, the caverns have served as a de-facto Halloween spot for the Karns community. Younger children are invited to take part in family-friendly trick or treating on several evenings leading up to and including the holiday, but the real draw for a lot of denizens is the haunted cave sessions for teens and adults. A haunted house is one thing, but walking through a similarly themed underground hollow in pitch dark is quite another experience. Information for this year’s program should be published on Cherokee’s website soon.
By Bill Foster
Long’s Drug Store
It seems as if there is a place like Long’s in every city in the south: the long standing institution peopled by politicians and farmers alike, seeking to keep the memories of a bygone era alive. Long’s is certainly that and more, the West Knoxville equivalent to Pete’s Diner offering good food at a below reasonable price (two can eat for under ten dollars) where one is as likely to be sitting next to a UT professor or a downtown developer as a retired factory worker. Long’s was established in 1956 and looks as if it hasn’t changed since then. It was named after Clarence “Doc” Long who opened it and has been owned by the Peck family since the late 1960s. Hank Peck is today the owner and pharmacist. Long’s is split between a working pharmacy that offers delivery service and a soda fountain with one of the best breakfasts in town and out of this world milkshakes. They are also well known for their burgers and Saturday only pancakes.
Sergeant Pepperoni’s has been located in Bearden since 2011 and now has a second location in the Seven Oaks shopping center in West Hills. The enterprise was founded by three friends from near Leland, Michigan, who looked for a place to open a restaurant and chose Knoxville after one partner attended the University of Tennessee. Jason Cockrell, one of the owners, says their goal is to provide mom and pop comfort food, with a pizza that is a little different from the others: more well done, hand-tossed in a deep dish with toppings that go all the way to the crust and cooked to perfection in a convection oven. Both Sergeant Pepperoni’s locations also offer salads, incredibly tasty and affordable sandwiches, and desserts and offer home delivery.
Willy’s Butcher Shop
William Carithers, the Master Butcher at Willy’s Butcher Shop, sees his business as building a relationship with the community and educating his customers about why they should use an actual butcher instead of just buying prepackaged meat at the nearest big box. A real butcher can cut meat to your specifications for a certain recipe or point out lesser known, economical cuts such as hanger steak. At Willy’s, one will receive personal service and the right cut for the right preparation. And, as a formally trained chef form Johnson and Wales University, Willy can suggest recipes and offer preparation advice.
Willy’s Butcher Shop offer’s dry aged steaks aged in a special room for 130 days, ten different artisan sausages a day with an ever rotating selection (they are currently expanding the upper floor into a manufacturing operation for food service customers) and the incredibly popular Willy Burgers, packs of four burgers made of hand ground tenderloin and chuck and mixed with salt, pepper, provolone cheese, roast garlic and onions caramelized in Cabernet wine.
Located in Bearden for ten years this fall, Nostalgia’s focus is mid-century retro and vintage. Picture a sort of mini-mall, in which thirty carefully curated dealers work one day a month in the shop in exchange for space. Owner Amie Swanson offers vinyl records, vintage clothing, home décor and furniture along with books, lamps, knick-knacks and much more. There is a relatively newly opened second location on McCalla Avenue as well which has its own selection of dealers. Stop in and say hello to the shop cats, Oscar and Felix. You are sure to find just what you are looking for to fill that empty corner of your living room.
Music Room Guitars
Brad Gibson has run Music room Guitars in Bearden for seventeen years now under one principal, taking care of musicians and other customers with a fair deal. Gibson loves the Bearden area and says there is nowhere else he would rather be and looks at his store as one of the centers of a burgeoning artistic community. Resolutely people focused, Gibson has no web site and no online presence beyond a cursory Facebook page. He believes in fairness and reputation and word of mouth and runs his business accordingly. Inside the small shop, you will find an eccentric collection of guitars, amplifiers, lap steels, and mandolins as well as vinyl records. The feel of the shop is small and homey with a surprising amount of merchandise in such a small space. Open Wednesday – Saturday only. If you’re a music fan, this is your spot.
Big Fatty’s Catering (Now Lisa Jean’s)
Lisa L. Smith has been the owner and executive chef of Big Fattys in Bearden for 22 years, 12 years in the current location and ten before as solely a catering operation. Smith grew up in Farragut, has a degree in sociology from UT and a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales. She says she wants to offer fresh ingredients with southern flair and she wants a place that celebrates community. Most of all, she sees Big Fatty’s as a safe place for the disenfranchised, where all are welcome. “Even republicans,” Smith says with a wink. In spite of the name, nothing at Big Fatty’s is prepared with pork products and they have an extensive vegetarian selection. All produce is locally-sourced, much of it from Farragut. Recently, they began opening for breakfast Monday through Friday at Seven AM and Big Fatty’s is one of the few places in town where one can get an early morning Bloody Mary.
There has been a restaurant in the Naple’s Kingston Pike location since 1926. Originally the Wayside Inn, which was burned down and replaced by Albertis, it became Naple’s in 1978. Bob Luper and his wife Becky bought out the other owners in 1998 and Naples has been unchanged since then. Consistently finishing at the top of polls for most romantic restaurant and best date spot, Naples offers traditional New York, New Jersey Italian comfort food. They offer homemade pasta and such specialties as Veal Marsala, Cappellini O’Porto and Pesce Puttanesca.
Now smoke-free, Union Jacks is a near perfect combination of a traditional English pub and a traditional American dive bar. They offer the best Guinness in town along with a sturdy menu highlighted by Pub Dogs and steamed sandwiches. There is no liquor but there is a great draft selection and an excellent selection of hard ciders. They also off darts and pool.
Frameworks has been in its Cedar Bluff location for several years but owner Josh Staunton purchased it five years ago. FrameWorks is collocated with a Civil War relics shop and when the Civil War business grew too large, owner Nick Peruit looked to sell the framing part of the business and found the perfect buyer in Staunton. As he says, “It was a huge gamble. I left a boring insurance job with no experience in framing and just bought it, but it was a great decision. Nick is a master framer and he trained me and got the shop up and running.” Josh stresses that FrameWorks is a framing shop first and a gallery second. They offer a carefully selected offering of art and photography by local artists but their primary focus is on providing custom frames form their huge selection of materials. Every frame is custom and hand assembled and FrameWorks frames posters, art, diplomas, sports jerseys, and more.
The thick of it
By Lee Zimmerman
For all our area offers, it’s still difficult to find a real New Yawk Deli. Happy then, Monster Subs fills the need for any northern transplant whose pangs of homesickness are tied to the longing for matzoh ball soup and monster corned beef sandwiches as served with a square knish, potato latke, stuffed cabbage and the like.
The business may be relatively new, but the owners’ obvious expertise demonstrates that they’re adept at how to prepare and serve their menu in an old school style, one that effectively replicates the classic deli destinations of New York City fame. Utter the magic words, “I’d like a Reuben please,” and your taste buds will be rewarded with the real deal.
Regal Downtown West 8
Gotta say, it’s nice to go to a movie without having to get caught up in downtown traffic. And those reclining theater seats aren’t bad either. Likewise, joining Regal’s Crown Club ensures some perks all its own. Consider it similar to a frequent flyers club, only in this case it’s a lot easier to accumulate the freebies. But most importantly, Regal Downtown West offers independent films that cities twice the size of Knoxville don’t get. It also fosters the local film community and houses local gatherings throughout the year.
Vietnamese restaurants are relative rarities in our parts, so Bida Saigon not only fills the gap, but also does it with old world authenticity. The extensive menu covers all the basics, from spring rolls and many varieties of noodle soup to a stunning array of sandwiches prepared in true Vietnamese style. One of Knoxville’s best-rated restaurants, Bida well deserves this recent review on Yelp: “Bida is very good. For years, my friends would tell my to “try the Pho” at various Viet places, and I never got it…until Bida. Their Pho is a sublime mix of fragrant, almost floral, herbs and perfectly brewed beef broth, with fresh herbs and greens and bean sprouts added in. Now, I am not a Pho expert — but still, try the Pho’ at Bida! If you don’t like it there, I am pretty sure you won’t like it elsewhere. Everything else I have tried at Bida was also delicious…the usual Vietnamese spring roll, tasty little banh-mi sandwiches on french bread/rolls, the vermicelli with grilled pork. And everything seemed a little lighter, a little fresher, and a little more flavorful than almost every other Vietnamese restaurant I have tried. Well worth your time, good price points, and truly amazing pho.” Suffice it to say, Bida can’t be beat.
When it comes to true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, Planet XChange can’t be beat. But fashion, like rock ‘n’ roll itself, is ever changing and what’s cool one day, is strictly so yesterday the next. That’s one reason why Planet Xchange is essential. Whether your tastes run from a more conservative style — say the slim fit chinos and boat shoes worn by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig — or something that’s a little more Lady Gaga (a dress made from raw meat perhaps?), chances are you’ll find what you want here.
The best thing about the entire operation, aside from the threads of course, is that fact that you can exchange your old duds for something new and trendy. That means when you tire of looking like Elvis, you simply take that oversized ‘70s jumpsuit and sell it back to them. You can use the proceeds to be trendy with the times. The store buys more than 200 pieces of clothing a day, so you’re assured that even if you want to look like the Thompson Twins, they probably have what you’re looking for. Glam never felt so good.
A full service bar and watering hole located in the heart of the West Hills, Buckethead Tavern boasts an exceedingly friendly staff (remember Cheers, where everyone knew your name? That’s ditto for this place), a cool and casual atmosphere and a superb happy hour from 4 – 7 pm every day of the week. In other words, it’s the perfect place to rendezvous with pals, watch a game on the big screen TVs, play a little pool, and generally just chill out. And if you’re one of those folks who craves competition, there are games like Golden Tee, Power Putt, Big Buck HD, PGA Tour Golf, Cornhole, and Skee Ball to keep you occupied. Of course, what’s a sports bar or any type of tavern for that matter, without wings? Here too, Buckethead is the best.
Woodlands Indian Restaurant
If you want real Indian cuisine prepared with traditional trappings, then Woodlands is the place to go. They serve a wide variety of authentic Indian food from North and South India, along with Indo-Chinese and Chaat special selections. For those with particular tastes — and we don’t mean the fussy types! — the menu also includes vegetarian and gluten free options as well. Mainly though, it’s their inventive menu that makes them a special dining destination. Add an upscale atmosphere, friendly service and reasonable prices, and you’ll find that Woodlands is remarkable.
One of the best listening rooms our area has to offer, Open Chord attracts an impressive array of national touring musicians while also lending strong support to the local scene. A perfect place for catching live music, it boasts terrific sight lines, plenty of tables for drinking and dining, and a corner bar that gives great views of the stage and your fellow patrons. Part of the space is devoted to instrument sales, including an extensive collection of guitars sure to satisfy both experienced shredders and basic beginners. A full service cafe offers lighter fare, coffee and brews, making it a great place to catch up with friends, whether for a light meal or a happy hour rendezvous.
Still, it’s the remarkable variety of live music that makes Open Chord one of Knoxville’s most talked about venues for live music listening. Recent visitors have included James McCartney, Matt Woods, and Austin Lucas, with a return appearance by former Moody Blues founder and noted Wings man Denny Laine, due soon. Clearly Open Chord’s got a very good groove.
Korean food is a rare commodity in these parts, but as worldly and diverse as we are here in Knoxville, it makes sense that we should have a supermarket as well stocked as Sunrise. Open seven days a week, Sunrise Supermarket is a seven-year old family business that currently ranks as the largest international retailer our fair city has to offer. Although the owners originally targeted the Chinese community, it quickly expanded its array of offering to include products from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, India, the Caribbean, Russia and Latin America. As far as we’re concerned, it’s a veritable United Nations of retail with a far more agreeable atmosphere. All it takes is a sample of their wares to be convinced of the variety. A giant fish tank houses crawfish, crab and lobsters. Their fresh array of fruits and vegetables include such hard-to-find items as papaya, durian, mango, and kiwi. And of course there are everyday items like eggs, rice, noodles, tofu, soy sauce, spices, and even household appliances. We’d say Sunrise is super any time.
If there’s one thing there’s no shortage of in these parts, it’s good Mexican restaurants. So credit Chez Guevara for making quite a name for itself among the discerning dining crowd. The fact that there’s often a line to get in testifies to its popularity and its variety of classy cuisine. The portions are abundant and the overall ambiance makes it a rowdy and yet still relaxing place to hang. Specialities include a fajita quesadilla, El McKenry enchiladas and the Elvis burrito, a particular favorite with their devoted diners. Personally, we love the margaritas and the salsa, which comes in both red and green varieties. Speaking of green, the prices are relatively reasonable as well.
When you’re consistently referred to as the best Asian dining establishment in town, it’s pretty clear you’ll also have the market cornered. Granted, there is a lot of competition, but when it comes to terrific tofu and a rocking box choy, Asia Kitchen is clearly the place to go. The beef and seafood dishes are both sumptuous and plentiful. The prices are reasonable and the full service bar adds a variety of cocktail choices to complement your meal. You’ll find lots of different flavors as well, with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and vegan cuisine ready for sampling. Best of all, the place is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as takeout. We couldn’t ask for more. (Well, we could, but really there’s no need to.)
Italian food is plentiful in Knoxville, so what makes Altruda’s stand out? We’ll leave it to owner Paul Meyer’s website comments to tell us why. “My story started with my mother, Geraldine Ida Altruda. We all grew up cooking with mama in the kitchen. From the time I was able to stir a bowl, I began developing what would later become my passion. Large family dinners were one of my fondest memories growing up. The traditions centered mostly around the kitchen. Reminiscing about those good times, I know why I ended up in the restaurant business. Mama taught me the importance of family. She also taught me the care and attention that needs to go into creating good food.”
That’s a fitting testimonial, but the real proof of their success lies in the fact that Altruda’s has been around nearly 30 years. To stay in business that long, you have to have some good things going for you. Altruda’s has calamari, vongole al forno, funghi farciti and a selection of antipasti that allows them to rest their reputation. Everything is made from scratch, from the soups to the salad dressing. Mama Altruda has reason to be proud.
Carmike Cinemas 7
Carmike Cinemas have made quite an impact in East Tennessee, with several state-of-the-art theaters located in our area alone. We like the big screens, the surround sound and the fact that they offer movies for $2.50 a ticket. And hey, if you’re happy with popcorn, you can buy a refillable bucket that gets you discount refills all year long. That’s one way to butter up their customers. This is a perfect option for those who don’t want to dish out a fortune to go to the movies or those with large families. Get dinner at Sgt. Pepp’s next door for an affordable night out.
Best Bagels and Deli
If there is any such thing as truth in advertising these days, suffice it to say that Best Bagels and Deli is exactly what it claims to be. Not only are they the best, but the variety they offer puts those tasteless store-bought substitutes to shame. In addition, they offer a variety of sandwich possibilities that make everything squeezed between their bagels a treat in and of itself. Founded over seventeen years ago, they’ve been serving their New York style of bagels, their homemade cream cheese and other tasty additives ever since. To make things even more convenient, they have a drive-through window that allows you to grab your bagels on the run. How great is that? It is enough to say, anyone looking for the real deal would be best advised to take Best Bagels and Deli at its word.
Horn Of Plenty
We all want to eat better, right? “Agreed,” we all say, chanting in unison between sips of beer and handfuls of chips. Okay, it’s not always easy, but a visit to Horn of Plenty provides inspiration and incentive. A combination fresh foods market and restaurant, it offers the freshest produce and the best selection of homemade products you’ll find almost anywhere. Plants and flowers are also there to spruce things up a bit back home. In fact, it’s all very down home, and while they do offer some indulgence in the way of jams, jellies and homemade pastries, it’s also pretty obvious that they prepare their food with care and consideration. Okay, we’re sold. Now pass the catfish and cornbread.
By Ken Lay
Admiral Park Disc Golf
The Admiral Park Disc Golf Course opened in 1996 and is recognized by the Professional Disc Golf Association. It is a 9-hole course with seven of the holes covering less than 300 feet. One hole is over 400 feet in length and the remaining one is listed as being between 300 and 400 feet.
Disc golf is similar to regular golf but is played with a Frisbee or flying disc. It can be played by youngsters as well as adults and senior citizens. It can also provide a lifetime activity to promote physical fitness.
Family Putt Putt Golf and Games
Family Putt Putt and Games is located on West End Avenue in Farragut and bills itself as the most fun family place in Knox County. It has a miniature golf course (as the name would indicate), a family arcade and batting cages. It offers daily specials, group discount rates and it also hosts birthday parties.
Dixie Lee Farmers Market
The Dixie Lee Farmers Market operates on Saturday mornings from April through November.
It is located outside Restaurant Linderhof at 12740 Kingston Pike and is open from 9 a.m. until noon. It allows customers to purchase locally grown produce and meets as well as arts, crafts and soaps from area farmers and artisans. Its mission is to bring patrons locally produced products including foods, crafts and handbound books.
Seasons Innovative Bar and Grille
Seasons Innovative Bar and Grille was opened in the Turkey Creek Shopping Center in 2013. It is an upscale restaurant that serves simple, yet elegant American cuisine at an affordable price.
It has a full wine list and serves a variety of domestic and imported premium beers. It also features a menu with appetizers, burgers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. With each season comes a new menu, which makes repeat visits necessary. It’s a true gem of West Knoxville and one of the finest restaurants in the area.
Restaurant Linderhof is Knox County’s German restaurant. It is located at 12740 Kingston Pike. It’s open seven days a week and features a biergarten (beer garden) and has live music the first and third weeks of the month.
It also has an annual Oktoberfest Celebration. If you’re on the fence, give it a shot.
The Gentle Barn rescues animals and is open to the public on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
It has programs on Saturdays and its animals are tame. The Gentle Barn started in 1999 and later came to Knox County. Its primary purpose is to rescue animals. The Knoxville Area Location is the second in the chain with more likely to come.
Admission to its Saturday programs is $20 for adults and $10 for children with lunch included. The Gentle Barn also features a gift shop.
Concord Park is West Knox County’s ultimate recreation. It is part of Knox County’s Parks and Recreation Division and is part of Legacy Parks.
It has a fishing area, a swimming beach, tennis courts and a Par-3 golf Course. It also has soccer and softball fields and an in-line hockey area as well as a dog park. Events at Concord Park include: The Second Saturday Concert Series; the annual Knox Area Rescue Ministries Dragon Boat Races and a Farmer’s Market on Thursdays during the spring and summer.
Lawn Chair Concert Series
The Lawn Chair Concert Series at Founder’s Park at Campbell Station is an annual free summer concert series. It was the brainchild of a couple of Farragut residents who wanted to bring family-friendly entertainment to the Town of Farragut.
Admission to the concerts is free and the events have something for everyone.
The Northshore Brasserie offers authentic French Belgian cuisine in a casual but elegant atmosphere. It has a beer and wine bar and that features specials on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
It is a small family-owned restaurant and its owners are “obsessed with food, quality and service.” Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The establishment also offers a Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Back Porch on the Creek
Back Porch on the Creek is Knoxville’s newest open-air concert venue.
It opened May 5th, 2016, and is adjacent to Knoxville Harley-Davidson West at 605 Lovell Road.
Although it is relatively new, it has already been christened by some legendary classic rock bands. Southern rock legends .38 Special opened the place with some good old-fashioned southern-fried rock. It was a cool spring night but Don Barnes and the boys got things heated up rather quickly.
That was opening night and the staff was extremely amicable and approachable. .38 Special, Kansas, Delbert McClinton and Loverboy appeared as part of WIMZ’s Rock Days of Summer at the space and the venue featured country legend Dwight Yoakam on Aug. 27th.