Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

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paula deen pigeon forge restaurantPigeon Forge is about to be home to a brand new restaurant that is sure to quickly become one of the most popular places to eat in the Smokies! Paula Deen is coming to “butter people up” in the Smokies by opening a restaurant at The Island in Pigeon Forge late this summer in 2014. The name will be Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and is said to have a budget of $20 million to get it up and running, which makes it one of the highest-funded restaurants in Pigeon Forge! Paula Deen’s Pigeon Forge restaurant will be approximately 20,000 sqft to accommodate what will undoubtedly be large crowds eager to enjoy her southern-style cookin’.

Paula Deen’s restaurant will open shortly after Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant opens also at The Island in Pigeon Forge this summer.

As we get more information including artist renderings, construction photos, menu, firm opening date, etc we will update this article and feature it in upcoming email newsletters.

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    • dorothy paruso says

      SOOOO HAPPY FOR HER,SHE WAS DONE WRONG!!!ONLY WISH THAT QWHEN WE COME IN NOV.THAT SHE WOULD BE THERE !!!WAY TO GO MISS PAULA!!!

    • Susan. Coody says

      Fantastic !!!!!! This will become my favorite restaurant in The Smokies !!!! We have been to a Paula Deen’s Resturant in Tunica Mississippi. And it was the best Resturant I have ever been to !!!! We are going to Pigeon Forge in April. !!!!! Wsh it was already there !!!! See ya soon !!!!!

    • christie buttrick says

      I totally agree. She was definitely done wrong and Im glad she is determined to not let things get her down and to find the backing she needs to start again. Way to go Paula Deen

    • voncile Fullwood says

      way to go !!!! so glad you did not let these nasty comments get you down,Yes,all the stores did you wrong and people also .I went to your place in Savannah,was hoping to see you but were not there at the time,Good Luck and May God Bless

    • Rita Buckner says

      so..so excited…we are in Pigeon Forge at least 3 times a year and when we go down there from Michigan we stay 3 to 4 weeks at a time..the Island is one of our fun spots now we have Paulas new restaurant to look forward to…good luck with this new project and God Bless …Can’t wait for those southern cooked meals!!

    • Lisa says

      Hope her food isn’t as greasy as it was in Cherokee Harrah’s Casino… which didn’t make it by the way. Good luck Paula. Hope you have some healthy items and not all cooked in grease, butter and mayo! Southern cooking can be healthy as well!!!

  1. Carol says

    I think that is the best news I have heard in a long time!
    Cant wait to be able to visit there! I love Tn. and Pigeon Forge!

  2. Larry says

    This will be a great addition to the Island. Will be looking forward to visiting later in the year and enjoying a great meal.

  3. T. Pickens says

    Good Idea ! I would eat there when I come to Pigeon Forge as long as it’s pricing isn’t as high as her Savannah restaurant.

  4. Polly says

    This is the best new restaurant idea for Pigeon Forge. Can’t wait for her to open. Pigeon Forge is an ideal location for her style of food and hospitality.

  5. verna says

    I am glad to see Paula is making a come back since she is one of my favorite cooking stars. I have eaten at her restaurant in Charleston SC and was somewhat disappointed, especially after so much talk about it and how long the lines were. The food itself was somewhat bland and not much of it. Some of my party had the buffet and some ordered from the menu. I would have to say the best part was the fried green tomatoes we had for appetizers. Hopefully, the restaurant in Piegon Forge will be better. However, we all know it is not the name that makes a good restaurant it is how it is managed and the food preparation. Good Luck!

  6. Ron Pirkle says

    I Love this woman and i think it will be a great addition to Pigeon Forge . I cant wait to check it out ,only about an hour from me, always wanted to go to Savannah to her restaurant but never made it.. Good Luck Paula!!!!

  7. verna says

    I am glad to see Paula is making a come back since she is one of my favorite cooking stars. I have eaten at her restaurant in Savannah SC and was somewhat disappointed, especially after so much talk about it and how long the lines were. The food itself was somewhat bland and not much of it. Some of my party had the buffet and some ordered from the menu. I would have to say the best part was the fried green tomatoes we had for appetizers. Hopefully, the restaurant in Piegon Forge will be better. However, we all know it is not the name that makes a good restaurant it is how it is managed and the food preparation. Good Luck!

  8. Nonnie Slaton says

    I am so excited to see this coming to Pigeon Forge. Met her at the savannah “Lady and Sons’ and she is so down to earth. I did not think her prices were that high. Can’t wait to go to the restraunt.

  9. irene moore says

    i want eat there, a friend of mine was at a book signing, couldnt afford to buy the hard cover book and bought one of her magazines and she wouldnt sign it.

    • Regina Harnett says

      Now that is a sad one to hear!! Was it Paula directly, or was it her staff person who made the refusal? If this is the case, is Paula aware that this happened??

  10. Paula says

    So excited for Paula Deen. Glad she is making such a strong comeback. I look forward to going to the Pigeon Forge restaurant as I go there once or twice every year.

  11. Fran King says

    Exciting !! Visited her restaurant in Savannah and loved it, plus we visit the Smokies at least once a year, so this is GREAT news for us!!!

  12. Brandy says

    Love the idea of Paula coming to Pigeon Forge!!! She is a wonderful woman with a great style of cooking!!! We can’t wait to eat there this winter when we visit for the annual Chirstmas Parade. :)

  13. Darlene says

    I am so excited to hear that her restaurant will be coming to a place I visit every year. This will be on our to do list, for sure. We loved visiting the island and this will only make the place a definite stop for us! Good luck and God Bless…

  14. Rick says

    Great, another fine dining experience in my favorite relaxation spot. Can’t wait to try it and the other new and old favorites in Pigeon Forge!

  15. Rita says

    Awesome! Can’t wait to go.. Expect there to be waiting lines to get in and reservations needed just like in Savannah–worth it!

  16. Kywana says

    What…o my goodness really…stop it. My family and I can’t wait to eat there. I have so many of her cookbooks. Regardless of what she may have said in the past,Im still going to support her.Go head Paula Deen do your thing girl.

  17. Lisa Stevens says

    So glad to hear. We were so disappointed when Harrah’s dropped Paula. We loved to go to Cherokee, Tunica, and Southern Indiana. I feel this was a dent in their millions. lol But it has hurt their regulars frequenting there establishments as often. Can’t wait hope it is family and budget friendly. We have also enjoyed the Savannah location.

  18. nhp says

    Glad to know a good southern place to eat is coming to Pigeon Forge. Like Paula Dean and sure will try that place when we go there this year.

  19. Helen says

    So excited for her. This is terrific.
    We are very lucky to have her new resturant here.
    I hope she will open twice as many as before so everyone can enjoy, not just a few.
    God bless you Dear.

  20. Vicki says

    That’s great, Y’all! I hope the lines aren’t too long in September when we come for the Shades of the Past Car Show for us to dine there. We’ll plan to eat early! I’m looking forward to it even more now, if that’s possible.

  21. giggy says

    I too miss the Paula Deans buffet at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. This is the best buffet they ever had. Their new buffet does not compare at all. Horrible. We usually stick to Gatlinburg, but this will definitely bring us to Pigeon Forge for at least one meal. What a perfect fit for Pigeon Forge. Just wish it were open before we go next month. (March).

  22. Debbie in Kentucky says

    Great! Looking forward to eating at Paula’s. She has been done so wrong by the media. We love her and her food.

  23. Sandy says

    We were in Savannah 2 years ago and the friends we were with couldn’t wait to eat at her restaurant there. They stood in line for two hours to get lunch reservations for us for mid-afternoon that day. It didn’t take long to realize the long lines and hype are because of her name, not because of the food. The food was good, but definitely not worth the 2-hour wait for reservations and definitely not worth the price…far from outstanding, as we had been led to believe. Our friends said that her buffet in Tunica was much better than the Savannah restaurant. We MIGHT try this new restaurant but it won’t be high on our priority list…and if it comes down to eating there or at The Old Mill, we will definitely go to The Old Mill.

  24. rytar says

    This is great news. I’m sure it will be one of my new favorites when I visit for the car shows every spring and fall. My friend is always raving about her place in Charleston.so we are so looking forward to this one.

  25. Pam says

    Ya’ll, Jimmy Buffet belongs on the beach, like Gulf shores and Paula Dean belongs on the S.C. coast. Mama’s , Log cabin, and Old mill belong in Pigeon Forge. Don,t mess up a good thing !!! Love Ya’ll. By the way, I am from the south.

  26. Barbara says

    Great news for Paula is a great southern lady. We all need to support her for she did no wrong in what happened years ago.

    • Brandi says

      She did no wrong in what she said? So calling people derogatory names based upon their race is not wrong? In what world? Oh, that’s right: the south.

      • Elizabeth says

        That was so long ago. Let it go already! I plan to eat there in October. I have eaten at the Savannah location twice. Food is great. Looking forward to taking my children to this one. Way to make a comeback Paula!!!

  27. Vanessa says

    I’m so excited that a new restaurant is coming to Pigeon Forge. Glad Paula has hung in there through everything she has been through. Glad she is the one opening a restaurant there. Can’t wait to try her food. I bet the food will be EXCELLENT!! Way to go Paula. .

  28. Rose Rains says

    AWESOME!!!!! We can’t wait!!! we live a couple hours away in Kentucky…..so we go over quite often!!!! SUPER EXCITED….PAULA IS AWESOME :)

  29. Beverly says

    Good for Paula! She was completely done wrong with what happened years ago, and did not deserve such treatment! So proud that she is coming to Pigeon Forge! Wish her the best!

  30. Dottie says

    Looking forward to it, we live in New Market, TN about 30 drive to it. Just hope it won’t be over priced for us to go.

  31. Ed walton says

    Great news for Pigeon Forge,we loved her restaurant In Savannan Ga and in Cherokee NC,that will be good for area and her.

  32. gaynell says

    WOW GREAT NEWS WAY TO GO PAULA HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE SOON WILL BE COMING THERE SOON.Great news you sure can;t keep a GOOD PERSON DOWN .
    GOD BLESS

  33. Neana says

    I think that’s great!! I’ll be there in the fall and look forward to dining there. Hope the hospitality and the food is as great as the Apple Barn … I wish only the best for Paula , i know she’ll be great at whatever she does!
    Gods Blessings Upon You Paula!!!

  34. Gail Epps says

    Awesome! She got a raw deal before and so glad she is making her way back to the top where she belongs. I am a fan and I will support her and her restaurant!

  35. Teresa Bryant says

    Enjoyed your cooking show, always wanted to taste, excited that I finally can- WOW. My husband and I frequent Pideon Forge regularly and often look for good home cooking, with the exception of Aunt Granny’s at Dollywood, it’s hard to find. My husband and I with antipaction. Best of Luck to you.

  36. Shawa says

    Can’t wait! So proud of her! They knocked her down but she got right back up, stronger than ever! Love Love Love her, y’all!!

  37. Katherine Langley says

    It’s Great!!! We were just there two weekends ago!!! We’re planning a warm weather trip to there. Can’t wait!!! Hope Paula may be there ! Exciting! Maybe there will be book signings there.

  38. allan l eaves says

    THAT WILL BE THE BEST THING TO COME UP THERE SENCE DOLLY. HER FOOD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD AND SHE IS ONE OF THE SWEESTES PEOPLE I KNOW.

  39. Bea Terry says

    Fantastic! Nothing like good old Southern Cookin’. And, when you add someone like Paula to that you sure have a winning combination! I mean “Sugar, she’s gonna’ do real well. Bless Her Lil’ Heart!’
    And, we wish her all the best.

  40. Brenda says

    Love, Love, Love Paula Deen!!! Just one more reason to visit Pigeon Forge. You go Paula! Can’t keep a good girl down. Absolutely LOVE Tennessee. I have been visiting every year for the last 40 years.

  41. Charlotte Chadwell says

    Great news, My husband and I ate at the one in Horseshoe Casino in Indiana and it was teriffic! We thought the food was the best thing that the casino had to offer. We own a condo in Pigeon a Forge and are there really often. Bet your boots we will be eating there often ! Do not like the sound of a 2 hour wait like some of the comments state happens in Savannah! We are older and not able to stand around for 2 hours.

  42. cindy clark says

    Alright,I am so Happy to here this.,we love Pigeon Forge and LOVE Paula as well.She got a rotten deal.Can’t wait to come to her Restraunt and enjoy a great meal.Go Paula.

  43. Kimmie g says

    So excited! We love our home away from home and are thrilled that Paula Deen is opening a restaurant in PF! She’s an amazing person & was crucified for something that happened years ago…very hypocritical considering statements by other celebrities! Looking forward to doing a taste-test! Best wishes, Paula!

  44. Sue Cox Francis says

    Sooooooo Happy!! We vacation in the Smokies 5-6 times a year – this is such a “Added Bonus” to look forward to.
    I always remember my Daddy telling me as I was growing up- “Yesterday is History – Tomorrow a Mystery – But TODAY IS A GIFT & IT IS UP TO ME HOW I USE IT”!!! We are “Mov’n on YA’”ALL”!!

  45. Susie says

    My family is so excited! We can’t wait to eat there. We have all said things in life that we wish we hadn’t, so we need to not be so judgemental of others! I love Paula Deen!

  46. Joan says

    I think it is absolutely wonderful. She is lots of fun and the audiences enjoy her Southern ways and it was a tragedy that what happened did happen. She is a food artist that most all enjoyed and I for one am so glad she’s coming back.

  47. Jenny T. from Tennessee says

    I cannot wait!!!! I believe that Paula will be so surprised to see what a Tennessee Welcome is when she brings her restaurant to East Tennessee!!! We love you Paula!!
    Thanks for the good news!!!

  48. Vickie C. says

    WONDERFUL! I think this is great. I am sure there will be a lot of good food. Hopefully, it won’t be over-priced. If the price is reasonable so many more people could eat there than if it is too pricey.
    It would be awesome if it were to be a buffet.

  49. Ricky And Shirleen says

    Cant Wait To Try The Food.So Many Good Places To Eat In Pigeon Forge.Glad Paulas Restaurant Is Coming.We Own Two Cabins There And We Go 8 Or 9 Times A Year.

  50. Peggy Buhalo says

    So excited…. My family all love Paula. This is so awesome and I can’t wait. Will there be coupons available and if so where does this tourist pick them up?

  51. Sandy New says

    Am glad that there will be a Paula Deen Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. I look forward to trying it when we are there the next time. We love Paula, and hope that maybe she would add some Senior items on the menu for us retired folks on a budget!!

  52. June says

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Great Thinking by Paula your right up there with Dolly , you Southern Girls are Terrific
    Can’t wait till you open your restaurant , looking forward to eating there , on our next trip to pigeon Forge I have been letting Michigan folks know about this , I’m a southern Girl who Moved to Mich.
    when I got Married , but I’m still a true Southerner , I don’t think you ever loose that , Thank Goodness
    God Bless you & yours

  53. Debra Tuchscherer says

    I hope it is better than the one she had a Horseshoe Indiana. The price was higher and the food wasn’t really that great. Don’t get me wrong I love her other establishments. But you can believe that we will be eating here when we go to the Smokies.

  54. Debbie May says

    We live about an hour away and come to Pigeon Forge very often. I am really excited about Paula’s restaurant coming to Pigeon Forge! Hope she has a gluten free menu!

  55. Kim & Mellanie Denton says

    Paula, my wife and I have followed you for several years on the Food Network,( the show we miss very much.) We were talking yesterday about a trip we took to your cooking show that took place in Cherokee N.C . Living only 80 miles away from Pigeon Forge, you bet we will be visiting your new restaurant. BEST OF LUCK in your new adventure. God Bless.

  56. Kim & Mellanie Denton says

    Thank you for inspiring me to start a Cake Home Business!!! Welcome back and can’t wait to eat at your new restaurant.

  57. Claudia Rose says

    Thats woonderful Pray it will be a great success. Pigeon Forge & Paula Dean great combination sounds good together

  58. Donna eichhron says

    I hope you are so happy. with your new life paula deen go for it. love Donna eichhorn fromCommerce twp mich

  59. pat and jean barberio - florida says

    we ate at the Tunica restaurant while visiting Graceland and the food {buffet] was great – a big variety and delicious – will definitely try this new location – hope it’s open when we are in Pigeon Forge this July for our 50th Ann. looking forward to dining there with our family .

  60. Judi & Gary Kane Anderson, SC says

    WAY TO GO PAULA!!!! We are thrilled to hear you are coming o Pigeon Forge. We used to go to your restaurant at Harrah’s in Cherokee & we were so disappointed & mad they closed your restaurant. Had the best Thanksgiving meal we ever had there. FYI we no longer go to Harrah’s since your restaurant is not there anymore. Shame on them for what they did to you. I hope it hits them in their pockets real good. Good Luck in Pigeon Forge I’m sure it will be a big success.

  61. Jackie burdette says

    I am so glad that Paula is opening a restuant there… We go to tn. every year in the fall….can’t wait to try it out….I love Paula Deen…..

  62. jw says

    my husband and I visit pigeon forge about 4 times a year can’t wait to eat at Paula’s restaurant. Paula, Dollywood and all of Pigeon Forge what more can you ask for!!!!!

  63. Darren Warren says

    I would rather support local restaurants being run by Mom & Pop types, then this bigot who stops by her restaurants a few times a year. Her restaurant at Harrah’s in Cherokee was a disgrace. I can’t understand why people would want to flock to her restaurant for sub par food, and her fake “Aw Shucks y’all” routine. Guess it’s a southern thing…No thanks, I’ll pass.

  64. Keith says

    Hopefully this one will be better than the one that closed in Cherokee. If you’re going to use Paula Deen’s name; she needs to support it instead of just showing her face from time to time. Now if her son ever opened a place in Pigeon Forge, that would be something to write home about.

  65. BARBARA H says

    I RESIDE IN KY AND WILL BE VISITING WHEN THIS IS OPEN. I HAVE EATEN AT HER PLACE IN SAVANNAH A FEW TIMES. IT WILL BE GOOD TO HAVE ONE CLOSER TO WHERE I LIVE. WAITING FOR THE OPENING DATE.

  66. christine says

    us & our friends are waiting for Paula to open her restaurant.were so happy to hear she was comeing to pigeon forge where we live.she was done so wrong.she will bounce back because she’s not a quitter.EVER BODY LOVES PUALA.

  67. patsy kennedy says

    we are so excited for this we love pigeon forge and Paula Deen so glad she chose this area and also the store in Gatlinburg TN can’t wait being Lords will ill be there

  68. Boots says

    Congratulations on the opening of your restaurant in Pigeon Forge TN.
    I hope you keep the prices down so families can enjoy the food…Set one price for adult entrees and one price for children under a certain age. God Bless and Good Luck.
    From Almost Heaven West Virginia.

  69. charles and linda says says

    we cannot wait till your restaurant opens, we will be there in july. we love your restaurant in savannah been there 3times delicious food..wish you and your family good luck hope to see you there .pigeon forge is a great vacation town and are blessed to have you there .

  70. Tammy Stachowski says

    I ate at your Restaurant in Cherokee for my 50th birthday…..went to Savannah this spring…..have tickets to your opening in Pigeon Forge….can’t wait !!!! Love, Love, Love your restaurants and receipes…….you are such a sweet lady in the truest meaning of the word…..See you in Pigeon Forge.

  71. Barbara Hardenburgh says

    So excited for you restaurant to open,can’t wait to try it,also the store plan to visit there this week.And your location is at the Island I just love it there.

  72. Peggy Rucker says

    Paula Deen and Pigeon Forge, can’t get much better than that. I so miss Paula’s cooking show. I have all her cookbooks and lots of cookware. Love them all. I feel like Paula is my kin folk. Love her..

  73. cindy says

    i have eaten at the Lady and Sons in savannah ga it was very good, i have seen Paula at the metropolitan cooking show , i went for five years in a row when they had it in Atlanta ,just to go to her show it was great .so glad shes on her way back , I just adore her . she is one of the many celebrities that i have met that is truly genuine and what you see is actually her .not some made up personality. hope to be in Pigeon Forge when the new restaurant opens . who knows maybe she will be there in person hope so LOVE YOU PAULA

  74. Flo says

    Excited that Paula Deen is coming to Pigeon Forge! Will the restaurant be open by August 21, 2014? Surely hope so!!
    Will reservations be needed?

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