Pigeon 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. The original opening date was scheduled to be in late summer 2014, but they revised their plan to add more seating and kitchen space which pushed the opening date to this back. 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! The restaurant is 20,000 square feet and can seat up to 300 guests, which is great because Paula Deen’s Pigeon Forge restaurant will undoubtedly attract large crowds eager to enjoy her southern-style cookin’! On their official website there is a question as to if Paula Deen will be at the Restaurant and it says, “Yes, the whole family will be here and are extensively involved in every aspect of the operation, menu, and design.” Neat! As to when they will be there and how often, that’s a bit unknown as of now, but it sounds like they will at least be there for the grand opening!
Pictures of Paula Deen’s Restaurant in Pigeon Forge
Here are some pictures of what Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen looks like as of March 20, 2015. The sign is going up, the interior lights are glowing, and we’re getting closer to finally opening!
Here’s a video from a local news station featuring some great shots of the exterior architecture!
Paula Deen Pigeon Forge Restaurant Opening Date
The latest word (as of March 12) out of their PR department is that the new Paula Deen restaurant in Pigeon Forge will open in late April, 2015. A specific date is said to be announced soon, but our guess is that they will wait until after the Spring Rod Run clears out. They’ll likely want lower crowd levels to get the kitchen and staff up-to-speed before the summer season kicks off. They have a lot to do before then, which is likely why they don’t feel comfortable announcing a specific date yet…but when they do, we’ll post it here! They recently announced that they are now hiring employees and will start training them on April 6, so we’ll probably get a firm opening date soon as they build their employee base. Our guess is the last week in April.
Paula Deen’s restaurant will join the popular Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant which opened at The Island in Pigeon Forge in 2014.
As we get more information including photos, menu, firm opening date, etc we will update this article and feature it in upcoming email newsletters.
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