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New Upscale Southern Restaurant Heading to Gay Street

We know everyone's still all excited about Tupelo Honey, but guess what? Tupelo Honey's getting some competition in the upscale Southern dining category come January, and we are excited about it!

Knox Mason doesn't have a lot of detail yet on its website, which is to say there's no menu up, but the description sounds promising -- traditional Southern food married with a contemporary aesthetic. Mentions are made of Benton's ham croquettes with sorghum mustard and smoked deviled eggs with green tomato chow chow, which sound yummy. The restaurant also plans to offer craft beers, a variety of wines, and seasonal cocktails. But what makes us really hopeful for the quality of food at Knox Mason is the chef behind it -- Knoxville native Matt Gallaher, who's worked at Blackberry Farm and was until recently the executive chef for Gov. Bill Haslam in Nashville.

The restaurant will be on the 100 Block of Gay Street, right next door to Shuck and Cru in what is quickly becoming a mini-restaurant row. We can't wait to try it.

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