JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – About a half a dozen new restaurants will soon open their doors in downtown Johnson City. It is all part of a big push to drum up more foot traffic in downtown Johnson City.
Dick Nelson owns Nelson Fine Art and Dos Gatos coffee and tea on East Main street. He is one of several business owners welcoming the restaurant boom in down town Johnson City with open arms. It is a creative way to put in a food establishment that is not a chain restaurant,” Dick Nelson said.
Nelson is adding to the growth of businesses in downtown, he’s moving and expanding his coffee shop to the 200 block of East Main street.
“We will expand the things that we offer, it will be more coffee and more food options,” Nelson said.
Diana Cantler with the Johnson City Development Authority has been working closely with most of the new restaurant projects.
“Every time you turn around there is a new business opening downtown and they are thriving and that is really exciting,” Cantler said.
Work has already begun on new Cuban restaurant Sabore on East Main street.
Southern Craft Barbecue is expected to open on Tipton Street down from the label restaurant. Crews installed the sign outside the new Wild Wing cafe on Wilson avenue Tuesday morning.
Popular food truck Slammin’ Sammy’s will soon become a restaurant on West Walnut street.
“We’re starting to fill up with restaurants,” Dick Nelson said.
Restaurants that Dick Nelson says will make Johnson City more attractive to people throughout the Tri-Cities region and beyond. City leaders tell us several other restaurants are talking with the city about setting up shop in downtown Johnson City.
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