Suttree's High Gravity Tavern coming to 409 Gay Street!
|Matt and Anne outside the future site of Suttree's High Gravity Tavern|
Plans are still taking shape, but some things are well in focus and preparations are being made for a spot unlike any other downtown. Matt says the name of the tavern will likely be the only tip of the hat to Cormac McCarthy, with the inside being "rustic," Matt said, "but with lean modern lines." The bar is being lovingly built by John Phillips, who works at Morelock Music, from boards which had to be removed from the floor to build out the restroom. It promises to be beautiful.
|409 Gay Street: Interior space under construction|
The bar, in addition to a great variety of specialty beers, will be fully stocked and also will offer wines, which one might suspect will also be excellent given Matt's knowledge and association with Downtown Wine. Helping out with plans for the beer and perhaps serving some of it up will be one of the most knowledgeable people in Knoxville as far as specialty beers go: Ratchet. He has a post up on his blog Ratchet Brews about the plans.
|Matt and Anne|
Plans call for an opening the last weekend of April or soon thereafter, assuming all goes well. Sounds like a great bet for a stop on First Friday in May. And like I said in the previous post about Anne - It's the people who make a place and these are two of the warmest human beings in the city. Stop by and see for yourself.
The quote in yesterday's tease blog was, of course, from Suttee by Cormac McCarthy. If you haven't read it, stop by Union Avenue Books and buy a copy. It's possibly the best book ever written with Knoxville as a setting. Reading it will give you a spring in your step every time you enter Suttree's High Gravity Tavern, just to know you won't have to drink quite like old Sut:
"Where's the whiskey?
Here ye go. Get ye a drink, Bud.
What is it?
Early Times. Best little old drink in the world. Get ye a drink, Sut.
Suttree held it to the light. Small twigs, debris, matter coiled in the oily liquid. He shook it. Smoke rose from the yellow floor of the bottle. Shit almighty, he said.
Best little old drink in the world, sang out J-Bone. Have a drink, Bud.
He unthreaded the drink, sniffed, shivered and drank."
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