COVID-19 has dramatically changed the nightlife experiences of Knoxville residents, who have grown accustomed to having their own personal space inside bars and restaurants.
But a bar coming to West Knoxville plans to provide a different kind of space: the extraterrestrial kind.
The just-announced Space Bar is coming soon, and we still have questions: Will the space theme impact the gravity of beer? Will the decorations be just OK, or will they be stellar?
In all seriousness, there are some things we know and a few things we don’t. The owners are staying mum on details for now, but here’s what Knox News knows so far.
What we know
Who is behind it?
Token opened in Cedar Bluff in 2017, and Bit Burger opened in the same shopping center last year.
Where is it located?
Space Bar also will be located in the shopping center at 179 N. Seven Oaks Drive near the AMC movie theater in Cedar Bluff. Sergeant Pepperoni’s Pizza used to occupy this space between Bit Burger and Token.
When did construction start?
A public Facebook post from Chris Barry said construction was scheduled to begin April 1.
“Many long days and weeks are ahead but I know the final result will be worth it and we hope Knoxville will enjoy and love this new concept as much as Token and Bit Burger,” the post read. “So here we are, just days away from starting our next journey… a journey into Space!”
When will it open?
The bar will open sometime this summer, according to its Facebook page. An exact date has not been announced.
What we don’t know (yet)
What will be offered?
With construction just getting underway, a menu has not been shared. However, the business is listed as a “lounge” and a “Tapas Bar & Restaurant” on Facebook.
What will it look like?
A March 6 Facebook video from Courtney Barry titled “And then there were 3” included clips from inside the former pizza restaurant where Space Bar will be located. Red walls, green walls and booths were still in the space, which certainly will see some renovations.
The couple’s other businesses are decorated from floor to ceiling with classic toys, arcade games and pop culture references. If these existing concepts are any indication, people should expect some cosmic ambiance from the forthcoming bar.
According to the business’s Facebook page, the bar will be “out of this world.”
When will we know more?
Knox News is your best source for restaurant and bar news in Knoxville. We’ll have more on Space Bar soon.
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