Spreading her wings, Cody Real Estate opens

Farragut resident Angie Cody has spread her wings as the team leader of Angie Cody Real Estate Team/eXp Realty at 11002 Kingston Pike in Concord Square.

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Julie Blaylock welcomed Cody and her team as new Chamber members at a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Cody’s Farragut office.

“Thank you for opening up in Farragut,” Farragut Vice Mayor Louise Povlin added. “We really appreciate businesses that come in and fill up our spaces. It gives activity, and it makes people interested in what’s going on in Farragut.”

“We absolutely love this location,” Cody said. “It’s convenient for everybody.”

A licensed realtor for 13 years, she started her team a little more than two years ago and opened her new office Nov. 1, 2018.

Cody explained she is an independent contractor for eXp, a national real estate firm, but she runs the real estate office as an LLC, taking care of her clients’ residential sales needs.

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New food trend comes to Hardin Valley

Tomo Poke Bowl owner Patrick Rathida, center, chats with customers.
Patrick Rathida has brought a new food trend to Hardin Valley, where he has opened his second store, Tomo Poke Bowl at 10756 Hardin Valley Road.

Rathida also has a store in West Knoxville, which he bought in 2013.

“Poke has been a trend,” he said. “It took me a whole decade to perfect.”

However, “I think Knoxville is ready for it,” Rathida added. “Hardin Valley is growing. I figured we need something different out here, and I love to cook. I love serving people. I enjoy sharing the experience that nobody else has.

“In Hardin Valley I have found, surprisingly, like a lot of people who come and try my food, they say, ‘Oh, I’ve been to Hawaii before … I don’t know.’ And, once they try it, they love it.”

“It’s the best food in town,” said Tacie Hall, a customer who came in Thursday, Aug. 15.

“That’s what I love about it — the feedback from people,” Rathida said.

Rathida explained a tomo poke bowl, or sushi in a bowl, is a fusion of Japanese and Hawaiian fare.

While poke is Hawaiian, tomo is Japanese.

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The ‘Pub’ is full speed ahead

Gloria Robles, left, with her dog, Dakota, and Nikki MacDonald enjoyed the patio of the newly-opened Admiral Pub Wednesday, Aug. 7.
The Admiral Pub opened to an enthusiastic crowd Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the location formerly housing The Casual Pint, 143 Brooklawn St. in Farragut.

Throughout the day, owner Andy Fox and his wife, Whitney, welcomed patrons to their newest establishment and showed off a freshly painted interior, walls filled with still-life portraits from local photographer Al Harris and an updated brightly-lit dart room dedicated to the Town’s namesake, Admiral James David Glasglow Farragut.

“The lighting and the colors are a little softer,” said Andy, who also manages The Admiral Pub. “We are also offering different beers — not just craft beers — but also have domestic beers, too.”

There are plans to serve “high-end pub” fare, such as chicken wings and pizza, in the coming weeks, and Fox ultimately plans to add wine and a more extensive food menu as the bar evolves in the coming months.

In addition to an extended menu, plans for the future include classic pub and arcade games, Fox said.

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