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Last Call for Manhattan's in the Old City

Some reports are getting out that Saturday, June 26--that's tomorrow--will be the last day of business for Manhattan's, an Old City institution for at least a couple of decades. Calls to the bar have not been answered, but the Manhattan's website seems to confirm the story--a message reads:

"Thank you Knoxville for 12 wonderful years*. We've had lots of great memories with many people to thank...This Saturday June 26th will be our last call..."

Stewart Pack and the Silent Kays are closing the place down tomorrow night with a show starting at 10 p.m. The decision seems to have been an abrupt one, since the bar's online calendar still has shows listed for July.

* That refers to the current ownership; the bar's been open almost continuously since at least the late '80s, when it was an anchor of the Old City's initial rebirth.



Comments » 2

  • June 25, 2010
  • 2:35 PM
hh writes:

Manhattan's opened as a bar/restaurant on July 14, 1987. The building was owned by Benny Curl and Frank and Helen Snowden owned the business. Benny Curl eventually sold the building to Kristopher Kendrick. When Frank Snowden left town in 1996, Kristopher spent many months trying to sell the business. When that effort failed, I believe he leased the business to Frank Gardner. Manhattan's was so much fun and so many great bands performed there, I hate to see it close.

  • June 27, 2010
  • 12:55 AM
Kate Holbrook writes:

I'm extremly saddened that Manhattans in the "Old City" is closing. I'm an alumnus of UT and my friends and I used to always hang at Manhattans when Frank Snowden owned it back in the 80's! We especially enjoyed Wednesday nights when Rhodes and Rhodes performed. But when Frank, Jodi, and Cornbread were there made it even better because they made us feel special and right at home with their great service and personal touch. When Frank left town that was pretty much the end of Manhattans as far as we were concerned. It hasn't been the same since. In closing if anyone knows how to contact Frank Snowden please reply to this message. I'm sure he will be devastated to hear this horrible news.

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