The Scruffy Stuff

The Scruffy Stuff

Kick back with Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis each Monday for the latest news happening in and around downtown Knoxville, and stay tuned on Thursdays for "Last Call" conversations with special guests. "The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by Knox News, part of the USA Today Network.

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October 25, 2021 32 min

We have already discussed the forthcoming Marble City Market and its 11 vendors. But when it comes to downtown Knoxville's food and drink scene, there are many more plans in the works. 

Alongside colleague Kelli Krebs, co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis share what restaurants they are most excited about, from seafood to fast-casual Indian cuisine. 

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com. 

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Marble City Market has a variety of vendors on tap and will be operated by Hospitality HQ, known nationally for curating elevated dining experiences.

Matt Taylor, director of operations for Hospitality HQ, joins co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis to chat about what makes food halls so unique and what Knoxville's first food hall could mean for the city's growth.

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Whether you call them hipsters or scrooges, some people just love to disagree with the majority.

On this episode, co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis share their "hot takes" about downtown Knoxville. Their thoughts on rooftop bars, chain restaurants and Tennessee orange might surprise you. 

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com. 

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"What do you want to do for dinner?" The question, alone, has led to countless petty arguments between family members and friends over the years. 

Although downtown Knoxville has plenty to choose from, the city's core still could benefit from a few fresh concepts. Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis discuss what bars and restaurants are missing from the downtown scene. 

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"Black in Business" is finally available at knoxnews.com, and we couldn't be more excited about this project!

For the past nine months, co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis have met with Black entrepreneurs, from hair stylists to hip-hop artists, and listened to their stories – ones about family, community pride and overcoming the hurdles Black business owners often face. Check it out now!

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With news of a hotel planned for an empty lot on Gay Street, it got us thinking: What are other empty spaces in the downtown Knoxville area that could benefit from new investments? 

Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis discuss some of the most obvious examples, including ones with redevelopment plans, as well as gaps you maybe never considered. 

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com. 

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Those who keep their eye on the downtown scene may have noticed a new trend in Knoxville businesses geared toward outside visitors. Or, at least businesses not designed with only locals in mind. 

Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis discuss the big projects and small businesses that could shape the future identity of the Scruffy City. 

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com. 

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September 13, 2021 31 min

What's better than enjoying beverages on a patio as the summer winds down? How about enjoying beverages on an elevated patio? 

Essentially, that's all a rooftop bar is. But Knoxvillians know there's something extra special about having a bird's-eye brew. 

Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis assign superlatives to each rooftop bar in town, from best cocktails to best views, while breaking down what makes each bu...

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How do you get a beach bod in a concrete jungle? Luckily, co-host Calvin Mattheis is somewhat of a fitness freak. And Ryan Wilusz? He's in training.

On this week's episode, the two share tips and tricks for getting in shape, including their favorite greenway paths and local healthy snacks.

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.

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With the city suggesting dedicated on-street parking and electric bicycles once the scooter pilot program concludes, co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis decided to look at whether the city's proposals can actually address some of the most popular concerns. 

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Co-host Ryan Wilusz, an eight-year Bonnaroo veteran, has accumulated just as much festival knowledge over the years as he has random campsite gear.

He is joined by co-host Calvin Mattheis and visual journalist Caitie McMekin, who have both attended as photographers, to share their biggest tips for preparing for next week's festival and for ensuring you stay true to the Bonnaroovian Code. 

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Exciting coffee concoctions are created each day by baristas throughout Knoxville, some of whom served Knox News intern Jake Yoder on his journey trying every coffee shop in town.

Yoder and Isabel Lohman, coffee lover and children's issues reporter for Knox News, joins co-host Ryan Wilusz to talk about the best coffee shops around.

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com. 

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August 9, 2021 27 min

University of Tennessee branding can be found on bumper stickers, baseball caps and bar walls throughout Knoxville. To quote the Tennessee college system, UT is "everywhere you look." 

But a city with a major university is not the same thing as a college town, where campus life and city life go hand-in-hand. 

Higher education reporter Monica Kast joins co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis during her last week at Knox Ne...

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Although Nashville views itself as the Volunteer State's flagship city, there are plenty of ways Knoxville's downtown is superior. 

Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis discuss the qualities of downtown Knoxville that outshine Nashville on this week's episode, from differences in lifestyle to transportation to affordability. 

"The Scruffy Stuff" is presented by knoxnews.com.

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What is the premier live music venue in downtown Knoxville? Well, that depends on what you're looking for. 

Are you a pop-country music fan, or do you just want to see who's making noise in the local scene? Do you enjoy mosh pits or sipping on wine in cushioned seats? 

Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis discuss what each downtown venue does best and try to agree on a favorite. 

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A Knoxville home shows up on the market, and it's gone in a flash. That's how home buying goes these days, and it's becoming even harder to compete as out-of-state buyers eye East Tennessee. 

Whether you're a home owner, a renter or someone looking to buy, Knoxville's real estate market will impact your and your family in some way. That's why co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis invited real estate repor...

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Knoxville recently extended a ban on additional shared scooter companies coming to the city through the end of the year. Until then, scooter companies already operating in Knoxville under a pilot program will keep working with the city to ensure they can provide safe, effective micromobility options for locals and visitors. 

But do shared scooters even make sense for a town like ours?

Co-host Ryan Wilusz is joined by growth and dev...

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Whether you are new to Knoxville or have lived here your entire life, chances are you haven't experienced everything the Scruffy City has to offer. From visiting notable landmarks to participating in timeless traditions, there are a handful of activities you must try at least once to live your Knoxville life to the fullest. 

Knox News intern Jake Yoder joins co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis to discuss what is included o...

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We asked. You answered. What is the quintessential Knoxville event? 

After posing the question on social media, Knox News received a handful of suggestions across the board, from yearly downtown festivals to major athletic competitions. 

Co-hosts Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis examine how each event could be considered quintessential before landing on their final answer. Do you agree with their decision?  "The Scruffy Stuff...

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Ryan Wilusz and Calvin Mattheis forecast what growth could look like in Old North Knoxville, the Broadway-Central corridor and Happy Holler over the next three years — everything from housing opportunities to new types of businesses.

Which of North Knoxville's big developments could have even bigger impacts down the road? And what is missing from the area? Spoiler alert: Not beer.

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