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Knoxville-Area Restaurant Companies1 Ranked According to Number of Employees
Rank
'20
Company name
Office phone
Website
Employees (Co.-wide)
Full-time/part-time
Locations
Restaurants
Top local executive
Founded locally
1Copper Cellar Corp.2
3001 E. Industrial Parkway
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-673-3400
coppercellar.com
1,576
886/690
203
Copper Cellar, Calhoun’s, Chesapeake’s, Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Cappuccino’s, Corner 16
Bart Fricks
COO
1975
2Burleson Brands
5401 Kingston Pike, Bldg. 1, Ste. 280
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-7779
burlesonbrands.com
1,250
322/928
22
Aubrey’s, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Stefano’s Pizza, Fieldhouse Social, Bluetick Tavern
Randy Burleson
Owner
1992
3Connor Concepts
10911 Turkey Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-777-2677
connorconcepts.com
1,200
840/360
15
The Chop House, Connors Steak & Seafood
Mike Connor
President, CEO
1992
4Southeast Foods Co./Pennant Foods4
310 Corporate Drive, Ste. 103
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-691-1393
wenburgerknoxville.com
890
NA/NA
35
NA
Tina Hertzel
CFO
1979
5Collier Restaurant Group
P.O. Box 6369
Sevierville, TN 37864
865-428-1823
collierrestaurantgroup.com
770
NA/NA
17
NA
Royce Pruitt
Cary Zimmerman
Beau Massey
Gina McReynolds
Robert Maples
Brent Collier
Elise Collier-Massey
Lori Collier
Danny Kootnz
Owners
1968
6Diverse Concepts4
7100 Kingston Pike, Ste. B
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-4245
diverseconceptstn.com
666
NA/NA
NA
Blue Moose Burgers & Wings, Bullfish Grill, Carino’s Italian, Harrison’s Grill & Bar, Lakeside Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Parkside Grill, Timberwood Grill
Robert McManus
President
2004
7Harris Restaurant Group
107 Westfield Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-2875
harrisrestaurants.com
564
170/394
25
Papa John’s Pizza
Doug Harris
President
1992
8Shoney's of Knoxville, Inc.
Main Office, 9720 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-690-6331
shoneysknox.com
480
200/280
18
NA
Roy Leslie
President, CEO
1962
9Ruby Tuesday4
150 W. Church Ave.
Maryville, TN 37801
865-379-5700
rubytuesday.com
465
NA/NA
5445
NA
Marty Ritson
President, COO
1972
10Buddy's Bar-B-Q
5806 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-0051
buddysbarbq.com
330
NA/NA
216
Buddy's Bar-B-Q
Mark Lemoncelli
President
1972
11Stokely Hospitality Enterprises
250 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-429-5700
applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com
301
NA/NA
10
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, Applewoood Farmhouse Grill, Tazikis Mediterranean Café, Baskin Robbins
William B. Stokely IV
Tasha Wade
President
Vice president
1987
12Johnson Family of Restaurants7
1736 Waldens Creek Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-429-0082
johnsonfamilyofrestaurants.com
282
NA/NA
11
Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett's Pit BBQ, Big Daddy's Pizzeria, J.O.E and Pop's Sub Shoppe & Mama's Chicken Kitchen, Maddog's Creamery, Maddog's Creamery & Donuts, Mama's Farmhouse
Bruce Johnson
Kelly Johnson
Jonathan Wimmer
NA
1991
13Capstone Concepts
6486 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-231-9800
capstoneconcepts.com
257
34/223
10
First Watch, Mr. Gatti's
James Geib
COO
2012
14The Tomato Head
12 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-637-4067
thetomatohead.com
175
75/100
2
The Tomato Head
Mahasti Vafaie
Owner
1990
1 Locally headquartered; 2 Source declined to participate. Information from 2019 survey; 3 Plus two banquet halls and catering division; 4 Source declined to participate. Information from the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; 5 Worldwide; 6 Includes 13 company-owned restaurants, 6 franchises, Buddy's Custom Catering, Bearden Banquet Hall; 7 Information from 2019 survey
Source: Individual company representatives, individual company websites. NA=not applicable or not available. Knoxville-area (local) includes Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Sevier and Union counties. This list and other Knoxville-area market data are available as Excel spreadsheets at www.knoxvillebookoflists.com. If you notice an error or omission, please contact Hayley Choy at 865-342-6494 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.

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