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 winter according to their facebook page. At the end of September, the restaurant is nothing more than steel beams, so it will definitely be winter before it’s ready to open. 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 join the popular Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant which opened 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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