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Knoxville-Area Restaurant Companies1 Ranked According to Number of Employees
Rank
'16
Company name
Office phone
Corporate website
Employees (Co.-wide)
Full-time/part-time
Locations
Restaurants
Top local executive
Founded locally
1Ruby Tuesday
150 W. Church Ave.
Maryville, TN 37801
865-379-5700
rubytuesday.com
28,9002
28,900/NA
6293
Ruby Tuesday, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Lane Cardwell Jr.
Interim president, CEO
1972
2Copper Cellar Corp.
3001 E. Industrial Parkway
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-673-3400
coppercellar.com
1,400
800/600
194
Copper Cellar, Calhoun's, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Chesapeake's, Cherokee Grill, Cappucino's
Michael D. Chase
Owner
1975
3Connor Concepts
10911 Turkey Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-777-2677
connorconcepts.com
1,310
682/628
16
The Chop House, Connors Steak & Seafood
Mike Connor
President, CEO
1992
4Burleson Brands5
6025 Brookvale Lane, Ste. 206
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-7779
burlesonbrands.com
975
NA/NA
12
Aubrey's, SunSpot, Barley's, Bistro by the Tracks, Stefano's Pizza, drink, The Crown and Goose, Fieldhouse Social
Randy Burleson
Owner
1992
5Southeast Foods Co./Pennant Foods
310 Corporate Drive, Ste. 103
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-691-1393
wenburgerknoxville.com
876
328/516
35
Wendy's
Tina Hertzel
CFO
1979
6Collier Restaurant Group
P.O. Box 6369
Sevierville, TN 37864
865-428-1823
collierrestaurantgroup.com
800
150/NA
17
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin, TGIFridays. Golden Corral, Smoky Mountain Pancake House, Corky's BBQ, Quaker Steak & Lube, The Melting Pot
Royce Pruitt
Cary Zimmerman
CFO
CEO
1968
7Shoney's of Knoxville
Main Office, 9720 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-690-6331
shoneysknox.com
683
337/346
19
Shoney's
Roy Leslie
President, CEO
1962
8Diverse Concepts6
7100 Kingston Pike, Ste. B
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-4245
diverseconceptstn.com
361
NA/NA
NA
Blue Moose, Bullfish Grill, Carino’s Italian, Harrison’s, Lakeside Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Mellow Mushroom Select, Parkside Grill, Riverside Grille, Timberwood Grill
Robert McManus
Owner
2004
9Stokely Hospitality Enterprises
250 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-429-5700
applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com
281
181/100
8
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, Applewood Farmhouse Grill, Baskin-Robbins, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
William B. Stokely IV
Tasha Wade
President
Vice president
1987
10The Tomato Head
12 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-637-4067
thetomatohead.com
174
60/114
3
The Tomato Head-Market Square, The Tomato Head-Gallery Shopping Center, Flour Head Bakery-wholesale location
Mahasti Vafaie
Owner
1990
11Capstone Concepts
6001 Walden Drive, Ste. 2
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-231-9800
capstoneconcepts.com
153
22/131
5
First Watch-The Daytime Cafe, Mr. Gatti's Pizza
James Geib
COO
2012
1 Locally headquartered; 2 Only includes full-time employees; 3 Worldwide; 4 Plus two banquet halls and catering division; 5 Formerly Aubrey's Restaurants. Source declined to participate. Information from Knoxville Chamber; 6 Source declined to participate. Information from Sevier County Economic Development Council
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.knoxvillebiz.com. If you notice an error or omission, please contact Angela Akers at 865-342-6424 or lists@knoxvillebiz.com.

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