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.
The opening date for Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge has not yet been announced.
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.
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.
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.
Do you know of any new restaurants coming in 2021-2022 to the Smoky Mountains?
Let us know in the comments!