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As new school year starts, Downtown Knoxville businesses announce job opportunities

September 8, 2021

More than 50 businesses in downtown Knoxville are hiring as college students start the new school year. The Downtown Knoxville Alliance has compiled a list of opportunities on its website for those seeking the flexibility and convenience of working in the city center.

“Just like the university, Downtown Knoxville is open for business,” said Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. “There are multiple ways to work in this nearby district, including retail, hospitality and restaurant positions. The ample job openings at established and new businesses show the strength of the downtown business recovery as more people are exploring and visiting.

“We want to give a boost to all of the great businesses that are hiring and invite job seekers, especially those returning to Knoxville for the school year, to apply.”

Downtown businesses are within walking distance, a free trolley ride or a short drive from the University of Tennessee campus. Student workers will be in the heart of Downtown Knoxville happenings, and many positions offer flexible schedules.

Downtown Knoxville’s website provides a compilation of businesses with open positions as well as links with additional information to make it easier for those seeking employment.

Part- and full-time positions for bartenders, cooks, hosts, housekeeping, massage therapists, sales, servers and more are available.

Applicants should visit for the full list, which currently includes:

  • Anaba Japanese Cuisine
  • ASM Knoxville
  • Babalu
  • Balter Beerworks
  • Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens
  • Bijou Theatre
  • Bistro at the Bijou
  • Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
  • Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes
  • Boyd’s Jig & Reel
  • Brass Pearl
  • Brother Wolf
  • Calhoun’s on the River
  • Chesapeake’s Seafood House
  • Chivo Taqueria
  • Corks Wine & Spirits
  • Crowne Plaza Knoxville
  • Dazzo’s Pizzeria
  • Downtown Grill & Brewery
  • Downtown Marriott
  • Emilia
  • Five Thirty Lounge
  • Fizz
  • French Market Creperie
  • Good Golly Tamale
  • Hyatt Place
  • J.C. Holdway
  • Knox Mason
  • Knoxville Area Transit
  • Lost Tavern
  • Maple Hall Bowling Lanes
  • Meadowsweet Massage
  • Nail Room
  • Nama Sushi Bar
  • Old City Sports Bar
  • Osteria Stella
  • Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain
  • Preservation Pub
  • Ruby Sunshine
  • Scruffy City Hall
  • Southbound Nightclub
  • Starbucks on Gay Street
  • Stock & Barrel
  • Sweet P’s Downtown Dive
  • Tennessean Hotel
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • Tomato Head
  • Tommy Trent’s
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Wake Foot Sanctuary
  • Wicked Chicken
  • Yassin’s Falafel House

About the Downtown Knoxville Alliance

Ensuring a vibrant, flourishing downtown is the primary mission of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance (DKA). Formed in 1993 as a Central Business Improvement District (CBID), the district encompasses a 0.67-square-mile area and is supported by a special assessment to property owners that is used to make improvements, enhance services and promote downtown. The DKA continually focuses on attracting and retaining a thriving community of residents, businesses and visitors in Downtown Knoxville. For more information, visit