Downtown Knoxville is thriving; businesses seek full- and part-time workers

May 20, 2023

Dozens of businesses in downtown Knoxville are hiring, especially with the arrival of summer, and the Downtown Knoxville Alliance has a roundup of available restaurant, retail and service industry opportunities on its website.

“Downtown Knoxville is thriving and the energy is electric across our footprint,” said Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. “Established and new businesses have openings in a wide variety of roles as the downtown district is surging with activity. Whether you’re looking for a summer job or something long term, plenty of opportunities await in downtown Knoxville.”

A page on the Downtown Knoxville Alliance’s website provides a compilation of businesses with open positions as well as information about how to apply that will make the process easier for those seeking employment.

Part- and full-time positions are available for bartenders, cooks, hosts, massage therapists, trolley and bus drivers, sales, retail, servers, housekeeping, maintenance and more. Interested applicants should visit for the full list, which currently includes:

  • Alice in Appalachia
  • Anaba Japanese Cuisine
  • ASM Knoxville
  • Babalu
  • Balter Beerworks
  • Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens
  • Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes
  • Calhoun’s on the River
  • Chesapeake’s Seafood House
  • CitiFid-O
  • Coffee & Chocolate
  • Crowne Plaza Knoxville
  • Cruze Farm Ice Cream
  • Downtown Grill & Brewery
  • Emilia
  • Good Golly Tamale
  • Harvest
  • Hyatt Place
  • C. Holdway
  • Knoxville Area Transit
  • Lilou
  • Maple Hall Bowling Lanes
  • Mast General Store
  • Meadowsweet Massage
  • Nama
  • Nothing Too Fancy
  • Old City Sports Bar
  • Osteria Stella
  • Preservation Pub
  • Rala
  • Scruffy City Hall
  • Southbound Nightclub
  • STIR Knoxville
  • Sweet P’s Downtown Dive
  • Tomato Head
  • Tommy Trent’s
  • Wake Foot Sanctuary

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