Knoxville food hall Marble City Market adds Hawaiian pop-up Lanai

With a stall left empty at Marble City Market following the recent departure of Po’ Richard’s, a Knoxville favorite for Hawaiian eats is returning to set up shop at the food hall — but it won’t last long.

Paul and Ashley Moody, the same people behind the Smash Knoxville stall, are bringing their original Lanai concept to the food hall as a pop-up.

“The new vendor, whoever they are, isn’t coming until June,” Paul told Knox News. “Let’s not have an empty stall. Let’s drive some traffic. Let’s have a little fun.”

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A pop-up prior to a permanent space

While Smash is on “cruise control” and wildly successful, Paul said, Marble City Market initially wanted Lanai as a food hall vendor. The couple, however, had already committed to bringing the concept to the forthcoming food hall at the former Kern’s Bakery site.

Paul told Knox News he recently checked with Kern’s to make sure the Lanai pop-up was OK, and leadership was on board with the idea.

The pop-up starts Wednesday, and it won’t last long. However, a food hall spokesperson told Knox News additional pop-ups could replace Lanai leading up to the new vendor announcement.

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