Help Visitors Find Their Way; S&W Ribbon-Cutting and Open House

The last chance for residents to chime in about the Downtown Knoxville Wayfinding Project will be Thursday at 5 p.m. during the City Council workshop. This project seeks to create consistent and intelligible signs for visitors finding their way—or wayfinding, in city parlance—­around the Old City, Market Square, historic sites, and to parking. The meeting will take place in the City-County building's main assembly room.

On Saturday, the eagerly awaited S&W Grand will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. with Mayor Haslam, owners Stephanie and Brian Balest, and the 500 Block LLC partners, the project's renovators.

Now, for all those who gained consciousness sometime after 1981—Jack Neely explains in his column this week that the S&W Cafeteria, the former inhabitant of the building, was the bee's knees back in the day. And for those offended by the crude ageism of that last sentence, you'll likely be glad to see an artifact from your childhood returned to you, albeit with a piano in place of the organ.

On Sunday, there will be an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone looking to see what a restaurant in 1930s Knoxville might have looked like. Originally the restaurant had planned to open its kitchen the following day, but that will have to wait until final inspections are complete, which is expected to be in the middle of the week.