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The building, constructed in 1924 by Joseph Edward Cook is still in the family. It seems reasonable to guess it may be the longest family ownership of any downtown building. Mr. Cook’s four grandchildren now own and operate the building. Originally built as the home for National Cash Register, they remained until the 1940s, after which the building has had many tenants.

 

The lower level, just around the corner from the front of the building, at 221 Cumberland has a very interesting history. While it has most recently been a dance studio and before that a game store, its 1950s incarnation is its most noted. The Huddle Tavern was a bar with flair. In a time when liquor by the drink was illegal, local citizens may have been able to quench their thirst as they wished in the Huddle.

 

Most famously, The Huddle Tavern is depicted in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree. It is into this historic space, filled with the ghost of Suttree, you are invited. You’ll find an excellent collection of historic Knoxville photographs along with a piece of the recently unearth trolley tracks from the block. A 75 inch television screen sits at one end – perfect for parties to watch a sporting event, or for use in presentations for business meetings. A kitchen with a commercial freezer and refrigerator, warming cabinet and ice machine as well as stove and a kegerator. Ground level access to the kitchen is available from the rear. Subtracting the kitchen and restroom area, 1500 square feet is available to set up events. It should serve 50 to 60 for a cocktail event or forty to forty-five for a sit-down dinner. It can also be set up as a classroom. A portable bar can be set up in the entertainment area or moved to the kitchen to provide more space.

 

Some of the Amenities we have to offer include:

 

• Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer

• Ice machine

• Commercial food warmer

• Kegerator

• Portable Bar

• Available banquet tables and chairs

• 75 inch TV in the main room

• 65 inch TV in the kitchen

• WiFi

• Surround sound

• Cable TV

• HDMI hook up for laptops

• Stove

 

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