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! 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.
Paula Deen Pigeon Forge Restaurant Opening Date
The latest word (as of January 18) out of their PR department is that the new Paula Deen restaurant in Pigeon Forge will open in April, 2015. A specific date is said to be announced soon, but our guess is that they are pushing hard to be open by Easter weekend (April 5) which is the beginning of Spring Break for numerous school systems and a popular vacation week. If they can’t open by then, they will likely try to have it open in time for the Spring Rod Run on the weekend of April 17. 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 will be hiring employees beginning March 9, so we’ll probably get a firm opening date soon after that as they build their employee base.
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 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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