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Knoxville-Area Restaurant Companies1 Ranked According to Number of Employees
Rank
'17
Company name
Office phone
Website
Employees (Co.-wide)
Full-time/part-time
Locations
Restaurants
Top local executive
Founded locally
1Ruby Tuesday2
150 W. Church Ave.
Maryville, TN 37801
865-379-5700
rubytuesday.com
28,0003
25,000/NA
6294
Ruby Tuesday
James Farrell Hyatt II
President, CEO
1972
2Copper Cellar Corp.
3001 E. Industrial Parkway
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-673-3400
coppercellar.com
1,576
886/690
195
Full-service restaurants: Copper Cellar, Calhoun's, Chesapeake's, Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, Smoky Mountain Brewery
Michael D. Chase
Owner
1975
3Connor Concepts
10911 Turkey Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-777-2677
connorconcepts.com
1,375
928/447
17
DBA - in 6 states The Chop House, TN, KY, OH, GA Connors- TN, AL, FL
Mike Connor
President, CEO
1992
4Burleson Brands6
5401 Kingston Pike, Bldg. 1, Ste. 280
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-7779
burlesonbrands.com
975
NA/NA
12
Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza, drink, Fieldhouse Social, The Crown and Goose
Randy Burleson
Owner
1992
5Collier Restaurant Group
P.O. Box 6369
Sevierville, TN 37864
865-428-1823
collierrestaurantgroup.com
900
NA/NA
17
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin, Golden Corral, Corkys BBQ, Smokys Pancake Cabin, TGIFridays, The Melting Pot, Smoky Mtn Pancake House, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Quake Steak & Lube, Collier Convention & Catering
Royce Pruitt
Cary Zimmerman
Beau Massey
CFO
CEO
COO
1968
6Southeast Foods Co./Pennant Foods7
310 Corporate Drive, Ste. 103
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-691-1393
wenburgerknoxville.com
876
328/516
35
Wendy's
Tina Hertzel
CFO
1979
7Diverse Concepts6
7100 Kingston Pike, Ste. B
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-4245
diverseconceptstn.com
579
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
8Shoney's of Knoxville
Main Office, 9720 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-690-6331
shoneysknox.com
573
NA/NA
19
Shoney's
Roy Leslie
President, CEO
1962
9Stokely Hospitality Enterprises6
250 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-429-5700
applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com
400
NA/NA
8
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, Applewood Farmhouse Grill, Baskin-Robbins, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
William B. Stokely IV
Tasha Wade
President
Vice president
1987
10Buddy's Bar-B-Q
5806 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-0051
buddysbarbq.com
301
NA/NA
178
Buddy's Bar-B-Q
Mark Smothers
President
1972
11Johnson Family of Restaurants6
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, Maddog's Creamery & Donuts, Mama's Chicken Kitchen, Mama's Farmhouse
Bruce Johnson
Kelly Johnson
Jonathan Wimmer
NA
1991
12Capstone Concepts
6001 Walden Drive, Ste. 2
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-231-9800
capstoneconcepts.com
223
33/190
6
First Watch-The Daytime Cafe, Mr. Gatti's Pizza, The Egg & I
James Geib
COO
2012
13The Tomato Head
12 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-637-4067
thetomatohead.com
160
50/110
3
The Tomato head
Mahasti Vafaie
Owner
1990
1 Locally headquartered; 2 In October 2017, NRD Capital bought all Ruby Tuesday shares of common stock. The Altanta-based private equity firm plans to make the restaurant chain a private company after the approval of the sale. Source declined to participate. Information from 2016 survey; 3 Information from corporate website; 4 Worldwide; 5 Plus two banquet halls and catering division; 6 Source declined to participate. Information from Knoxville Chamber; 7 Source declined to participate. Information from 2016 survey; 8 Includes 11 company-owned restaurants, 3 franchises, Buddy's Custom Catering, Bearden Banquet Hall, Cafe at HGTV, 2 cafes at ORNL
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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