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Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen Restaurant To Open At The Island In Pigeon Forge

March 22, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will be the new restaurant and retail operation scheduled to open late summer 2014 at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

With a projected design, construction and yearly operation budget of nearly $20 million, the 20,000 square-foot Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will join other hospitality and retail leaders such as Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Hotel and Build-A-Bear, along with a range of retail and dining operations. The site is also home to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, an observation wheel attraction reminiscent of the famed London Eye.

“This restaurant and retail expansion is a ‘sweet spot’ for Paula Deen Ventures,” says Paula Deen Venture CEO Steven Nanula. “When we met the team at The Island in Pigeon Forge, we found an entrepreneurial spirit that was very similar to the passion and drive that fueled the growth of Paula Deen’s restaurant The Lady& Sons which celebrates the beginning of its business with this year’s 25th anniversary.”

Pigeon Forge has more than 10 million visitors a year, and more than 2.5 million people stay overnight in the city.

For more information, visit Elana Weiss-Rose at 310-280-3710 orelana@therosegrp.com.

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