Knoxville got its first taste of food halls in November when Marble City Market opened on the north side of downtown at 333 W. Depot Ave.
But to get a true feel for what food hall developers are planning for the former Kern’s Bakery just south of downtown, you’ll have to head further south to Atlanta or Tampa, where the respective Ponce City Market and Armature Works food halls focus on providing experiences beyond the kitchen.
Even Kern’s developer Alex Dominguez told Knox News these examples are fair comparisons, though he believes the South Knoxville food hall will have its own unique personality.
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Kern’s will have a rooftop bar area like Armature Works, as well as spaces dedicated to retail vendors like Ponce City.
Of course, Kern’s will have food vendor stalls with walk-up service and shared seating throughout the building, just like Marble City Market. But the similarities stop there.
Visual journalist Calvin Mattheis joins “The Scruffy Stuff” podcast as co-host this week to talk with yours truly, downtown reporter Ryan Wilusz, about how Kern’s Bakery Food Hall will be different than Marble City Market.
I share some of the biggest takeaways from my exclusive virtual reality tour, including details about the outdoor event lawn and full-service food and drink areas planned for Kern’s.
The episode is available now on Spotify, Apple and other streaming platforms. Or, just listen in the podcast player below.
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