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Written on Knoxville Modernism and Architect Bruce McCarty:

Bruce is, in my view, Knoxville's most creative architect of all time. My favorite is the Christian Science church...spectacular, seminal.

Written on Okra Angst, Be Gone!:

Hey,Rose, you can't dance to the okra beat without stepping to ours at The Grill at Highlands Row. We slice it length wise and let 'er rip. Fried but satisfied!
Tom Weiss

Written on Dead End BBQ:

Killer barbeque.Period. I'm a tough sell, and I'm ready to buy shares in this operation. Every menu item is distinctive and wonderful, even staples like pulled pork sandwiches and slaw (best damn slaw in the world as far as I know). Go there. Eat. If it's lunch time, there's a good chance you'll see me if I'm not next door at the Holy Land which comprises the other half of Knoxville's two best lunch venues in my humble opinion---especially if you gravitate toward Bearden.

Written on A Bearden Developer Throws a Culinary Hail Mary in Highlands Row :

Great article, Jack, as always, but a couple of corrections and a comment:
1) The Highlands Grill building was never a house. It was built and operated by a guy named Hutsell as a restaurant from the start. The lower level was reserved for known customers who would imbibe bootleg whiskey and dance.
2) The new restaurant will be The(capital "T")Grill at Highlands Row because a restaurant in Birmingham has assumed the original moniker since the closing of the original.
3) Shane Moore, Executive Chef, is indeed the owner---with his wife Susan---of Mancino's, but his claim to fame and his entree to his current position is more relevantly related to his Washington D.C. positions as Executive Chef of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the State Department dining rooms in two different stints. The Moores moved back to Knoxville after 9/11, wanting to raise a family in a safer environment and bought Mancino's which they continue to own. Shane's desire to resume a career as a tour de force in the kitchen led him to The Grill position.
Tom Weiss

Written on Two Stand Out:

I think it will be fascinating to see if the interests of the Knox County electorate will be served through increased efficiencies and professionalism or if County Commissioners and their partisan supporters will retain their stranglehold on political spheres of influence that promote intense factionalism, nepotism, and gridlock.

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