In 1904, Frank Regas registered as a Greek immigrant at Ellis Island in pursuit of the American Dream. Soon thereafter, he was joined by his brother, George. The two brothers made their way, learned English and in 1919 founded REGAS BROTHERS CAFE in downtown Knoxville on North Gay Street across from the Southern Railway Station. It was a 24 hour / 7 day operation with an 18 stool counter, six booths and six tables. The story is captured in the book by Pan Dodd Wheeler through the Knox County Library’s McClung Collection: AN AMERICAN DREAM…THE STORY OF HOW FRANK REGAS MADE IT COME TRUE (https://cat.knoxlib.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=g5fVIklaEB/MILLERTOWN/X/123/).
As Knoxville grew, the restaurant grew. When suburban life became the rage, the second generation evolved Regas to became a special occasion destination eventually known at Regas The Restaurant and The Gathering Place. In operation 95 years, Regas became a Knoxville icon. It was honored as the most award-winning restaurant in Knoxville’s history with its honors and excellent reputation extending nationally. Regas Restaurant was honored to be one of only 38 restaurants in America chosen to prepare and serve food at the 50th Presidential Inauguration.
The story of the second and third generation of Regases is available on YouTube; search for: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BILL REGAS. More historic details are available in the book, LOST RESTAURANTS OF KNOXVILLE written by Paula Johnson available at The Regas Building (www.TheRegasBuilding.org) inside The Gathering Place at Vienna Coffee (www. viennacoffeecompany.com/regas).
Culinary excellence is achieved by using only the freshest foods and ingredients, by creating wonderful recipes, and by using seasoning that brings out the full natural flavor of food. We are pleased to share with you our own blend of select spices, which we call “Regas Au Naturall Pure Seasoning.” We suggest using Regas Seasoning as a marinade or applying after cooking to taste.
Please use and enjoy Regas Seasoning and see how it immensely enhances the flavor of your food. We hope it will bring you the same personal joy and public praise that it has brought us.
Please share with the world your recollections that this flavor brings to mind. We would also be honored to share your favorite recipe utilizing Regas Seasoning. Please email us and share with us and the world your favorite way to enjoy Regas Seasoning.