(Mussels in a fresh seafood broth with thyme, heirloom tomatoes, white wine and garlic-- the broth is a two-day process... YUM!)


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This Tuesday! Meet the hometown team ~ All players and staff will be in attendance
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Wild Things Friday, Oct. 13th Preservation Pub

Come ward off the evil spirits with the Wild Things this Friday night at the Pres. Pub. They'll jingle jangle away the bad mojo and flip Friday the 13th on it's ear. Bad Cats, Black Suits & Bitches Brew.

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Sneak Peak at the Upcoming Walking Tour:
Lost Tales of Scruffy City

Artists in the Alley

Explore the art-covered walls of Strong Alley between Market Square and Gay Street while you consider smell and its place in Scruffy City history.

Quite literally, what visitors to the 20th century Market House most remembered was its smell.

Children would make wagers in the 1950s to see who could go into the bowels of the famously rat and bug- infested Market House and endure longest the smells of fish, manure, raw meat and strong coffee.

In addition to Strong, the exciting anthropological find through which you are now exploring is also known as Artists Alley . Filled with exceptional graffiti art, some by artists who command thousands per piece in fine galleries, Artists Alley is perhaps the most visually interesting street in Knoxville. Hundreds visit it each day, most photographing their wedding parties, fashion lines, rock bands, or family portraits against the colorful graffiti and timeworn walls of the historic alley.

As you stroll through this amazing public museum, you will note beautiful sights... and evocative smells.

Fittingly, Scruffy City has been more than a tag in the muraled history of waste management... Those bulk trash containers heaved over the articulated metal shoulders of garbage trucks were invented by a Knoxvillian named George Dempster in 1935.

Dempster replaced the frail lifting prowess of mere men by creating his waste-terminating machines. and later served as Mayor of Dempster-Dumpster City for 18 years, fittingly in the 1950s era of the fragrant Market House. Poetically, Mayor Dumpster obsessed about (and was instrumental in) the removal of the unpleasantly odoriferous Market House from the Square.

In late 1959 , during the ongoing and rather rancorous debate about its future, the old Market House mysteriously caught fire. “It's an awful big coincidence, isn't it?" said M.T. Scalf, a vendor who lost more than $16,000 in the fire. "Big monied interests wanting to tear down the Market House, against what the people want, and then this fire...”

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