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 back and it will open April 27, 2015! 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! 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!