7 new restaurants coming soon to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge in 2021

Guy Fieri, right, Mountain Mile, right

Guy Fieri is bringing Flavortown to the Mountain Mile in Pigeon Forge (left photo by Bruce Bennett/shutterstock; right photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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There’s never a shortage of new restaurants and attractions popping up around the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Business is booming in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, and lots of entrepreneurs are coming this way to build their brand(s). 

Here’s a list of new restaurants (and even a new distillery) that will be coming soon to the Smoky Mountains area:

1. Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown (Pigeon Forge)

It’s official. After a great deal of anticipation, the Mountain Mile in Pigeon Forge has announced its newest resident to the complex: Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown. 

According to a press release from FACE Amusement Group, Flavortown is more than just a new restaurant. This is an entire 43,000-square-foot family entertainment center. 

Flavortown will feature a 14-lane bowling alley, state-of-the-art arcade games and a full-service Tiki bar.

“This is the perfect pairing of a chef-focused restaurant with a family entertainment center, a natural extension of our relationship with Guy Fieri and his team,” said Bucky Mabe, CEO of FACE Amusement Group. 

The restaurant will feature Fieri’s award-winning Bacon Mac ‘n Cheeseburger as well as his famous stuffed waffle creations. 

The Mountain Mile is currently home to Pigeon Forge favorites such as REI Co-op, Currahee Winery, Junction 35 Spirits and Cinnaholic.

Read Also: Cinnaholic is now open with the hottest buns in town

The opening date for Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge has not yet been announced. 

The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar will be serving up crazy concoctions that topple over the mason jar (courtesy of Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar)
The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar will be serving up crazy concoctions that topple over the mason jar (courtesy of Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar)

2. Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar (Gatlinburg) 

Just about anything goes at the Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar.

This dessert eatery is known for its crazy creations, with toppings and treats that rise high above the top of your typical mason jar. 

And soon, this South Carolina-based restaurant will have a new home in the Smoky Mountains. 

“Hello Gatlinburg,” the company said in a post on social media. “We are so excited to announce the opening of our third location in Gatlinburg Tennessee late spring!” 

Guests can choose from popular milkshakes or sundaes, or build their own crazy creations. An opening date has not yet been announced.

3. Tomato Basil (Sevierville, now open) 

Tomato Basil is a new, locally owned restaurant that is now open in Sevierville, Tenn. 

This restaurant offers pizza, calzones, meatballs, wings, appetizers and other Italian favorites. Be sure to follow them on social media to check out their specials.  

Pizzas range from $6.99-12.99 for a 12-inch pizza and $12.99-18.99 for a 16-inch.

Tomato Basil is located on 2509 Newport Hwy, Sevierville TN. This restaurant is closed on Sundays.

4. Blaze Pizza (Pigeon Forge) 

Speaking of pizza, Blaze Pizza is a chain restaurant that is also coming soon to the Smoky Mountains. 

Their head food guy, Executive Chef Bradford Kent is dubbed “The Pizza Whisperer”. 

According to their social media page, they specialize in bringing exceptional quality at a “crazy fast” speed. And now they’re bringing their fast-fired, perfectly crisp perfection to the mountains of Tennessee.

That’s pretty big talk, but I’m willing to give it a try. Ya know, for research purposes. 

This announcement comes as part of the news that the brand will be accelerating its franchise efforts with a total of 16 new restaurants in Texas, Florida and Tennessee.

The opening date for Blaze Pizza has not yet been announced. 

5. Company Distilling (Townsend, Alcoa)

A new distillery has recently announced their arrival to the Great Smoky Mountains.

“We’re proud to introduce Company Distilling straight bourbon whiskey – the creation of a group of friends with a history of crafting exceptional spirits and bringing people together,” said the company in a social media post.

“Pour yourself a glass of Company and experience the whiskey we always wanted to make.”

There will be two locations coming to the Smoky Mountain region, one in Townsend, Tenn., and the other in Alcoa.

The Townsend location is scheduled to open in 2021, and the Alcoa location will open in 2022.

The team behind Company Distilling will come with some familiar faces. One of the five founders includes Jeff Arnett, a former master distiller at Jack Daniels.

Knox News reports that the Alcoa location will be the “city-center,” complete with a tasting room, restaurant, brewery, retail store and outdoor entertainment for the whole family.

Alcoa is located about 40 miles west of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Owners at Damn Yankees(photo provided by the Delauders)
Damn Yankees is owned by the popular folks behind Delauder’s BBQ restaurant in Gatlinburg (photo provided by the Delauders)

6. Damn Yankees (Gatlinburg) 

The owners of the popular Delauder’s BBQ restaurant in Gatlinburg have announced a second restaurant concept with an all new menu featuring American classics. 

The menu will feature wings, specialty burgers and mouth-watering appetizers.

Live music, karaoke and trivia will also be featured on select nights.

Damn Yankees will be located at 170 Glades Road in Gatlinburg, Tenn., near the original Delauder’s BBQ location.

The opening date has not yet been announced.

Read Also: 7 best hole in the wall restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

7. Roll On In (Sevierville) 

Finally, Roll On In will open soon in Sevierville, Tenn.

This restaurant will feature one-of-a-kind classic Asian dishes with a Tex Mex twist for a fusion you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the Smokies.

Roll On In already has a handful of other locations throughout the United States, but this will be their first in Tennessee.

Some of their popular menu items include made to order sushi burritos, specialty bowls and salads served up in a casual dining atmosphere. Think Chipotle only with more seafood.

Roll On In will be located on Hwy 66 in Sevierville, Tenn. Roll On In is a sister company to the new Buzzed Bull Creamery. 

Read Also: Behind the scenes at Buzzed Bull: Get boozy in Pigeon Forge

Do you know of any new restaurants coming in 2021-2022 to the Smoky Mountains? 

Let us know in the comments! 

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28 thoughts on “7 new restaurants coming soon to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge in 2021”

  1. Where are employees coming from to staff these new restaurants when there are not enough working people staffing existing restaurants?

  2. The gimmicks are getting as old as riding back and forth to find a new family oriented restaurant. A cornbread castle © would make a mint.

  3. Need a Soul Food Restaurant! Good home cooking, seasoned perfection, food made from scratch, Also Healthy foods too!

  4. And how are they going to staff these places. Just there less than a month ago and nobody could run their restaurants properly because of the employee shortage in the area

  5. What about the Guy Fieri Chicken Guy restaurant being built on the Parkway in Gatlinburg?

  6. Can’t wait to go down and eat at all new places. Hope coupons will be available

  7. Who are they going to get to work. Every business is struggling right now due to lack of employees.

  8. Yep, where will the workers appear from….??? Keep building things but no workforce or local population cause no place to live. I also agree others the gimmick places are getting old, how about just having good decent family places to eat with good food instead of stupid gimmicks!!! And those milkshakes look disgusting and probably cost a fortune, way to over the top and just stupid!

  9. Regardless of who comes in, patronize the locally owned establishments. They have paid their dues through thick and thin. All the outside establishments do is take the money and run, leaving nothing behind but a mess for those that remain to clean up. And please for those that visit the area, leave it in better condition than it was when you arrived. Be responsible and respectful of nature’s beauty, take your trash with you or dispose of it properly or stay the hell out of the area.

  10. More Restaurants are great but I’ve not heard of any of these? What about a Chili’s ,Carabbas, something we know please.

  11. If people don’t want to work have people pick their own up at a area that would get rid of those people who don’t want to work we’ll work around them . But we have to come up with another way around this mess so we can go out to eat in peace.

  12. Would love to move to the Smokies if could fine a reasonable place and might want to work part time somewhere

  13. Check out the newly expanded “Listening Room Cafe”. It will be a restaurant with local talent as well as songwriters. The original location is in Nashville on 4th Avenue, but they are expanding to Mountain Mile this summer.

  14. If the State and the Federal Government stops spending the tax payers money and quits allowing the people to just sit around and do nothing for the Unemployment checks that they pay out to each of them each week, and makes them go out and actually look for a job and be able to prove that they were looking before they get an Unemployment check they might just find out that there’s a lot of people out there that could fill those positions. The Problem would be taken care of quickly in no time at all.

  15. I thought the milkshakes in canning jars were an Awesome Creative amazingly new thing! Kids will flip over for these and dance in the street! Congrats to Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar! Love them!

  16. I am very excited for all these new restaurants coming to our area! Will absolutely love for Glades Road in Gatlinburg to have a little more spice and a place for couples to enjoy an evening out. Like the old saying goes (Far but Near)!

    Also love Guy Fieri and can’t wait to see his location at the Mountain Mile!
    Famous Quote: Build it, they will come!

    Brenda Harper

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