Big changes coming to Market Square

Bill Foster

Since Bernadette and Scott West bought their first property on Market Square, they’ve been the most apparent force of evolution in the city’s center.

Things haven’t always gone according to plan for downtown’s power-couple, and as a result, they’ve learned to adapt over time. If one of their businesses could serve the people of Knoxville in a more effective way, they dive in.

We caught up with Scott last week to check in on the updates on the upcoming project at 26 Market Square, as well as a shift for two of the family’s other businesses.

BLANK: What’s the latest news on the new building that was once Rita’s on the square?

Scott West: Well, the times they are a changin downtown. We would have been finished with Bernadette’s Crystal Barrooms by now back in the early 2000’s but we only just got the construction permit to BEGIN construction last week…BUT we are off to the races now! We are trying hard to open in August.

This Electric Forest will be placed at the Magic Beer Tree in the Moonshine Roof Garden

BLANK:  We’ve also heard rumblings about shifts for both Market House Cafe and Uncorked. What can folks expect out of those businesses in the future?

SW: Over the next couple of weeks, we are consolidating Market House Cafe and the Basement Bakery with the entire crews of each business (including our PhD Baker Rosemary) into Uncorked. Since there is already a HUGE kitchen in Uncorked, the move is simple. The Wine and Cheese Bar will essentially remain the same, but will have some pretty awesome company:

The Bourbon Bar (inside Uncorked) will become a lot more exciting with Barista-made drinks, fresh juicing and Baked Treats being added to the Bourbon.

In addition to all the old favorites on the Uncorked Wine Bar menu like Cheese Boards, Shrimp & Grits and Crawfish Dip, the bakers will be occupying the ground floor on Market Square at 18-20 Market Square (starting at 6am) and customers will be able to visit them there.

The Market House Cafe staff and menus will join Uncorked to get the place open again 7 days a week from 9am till late night. So bloody marys and fresh juiced mimosas will be available from 9am to go, with coffee drinks and fresh-baked treats till late.

In the mean time, Market House Cafe will be undergoing renovations.

The Bourbon Bar at Uncorked • Bill Foster

BLANK:  What else is happening on the “West” side of the square?

SW: I am finally printing the four Lost Tales of Scruffy City Walking Tours over the next two weeks!

All profits will be donated to good causes like The Knoxville History Project and Downtown District Association. We will be donating $1,000 to the The Knoxville History Project BEFORE a single copy is purchased. These pocket guides will be $4.99 each and available at very shortly (as well as Earth to Old City, Preservation PubScruffy City Hall, and  Uncorked Market Square)Stay up to date on each of these projects at

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