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Knoxville-Area Restaurant Companies1 Ranked According to Number of Employees
Rank
'14
'13Company name
Office phone
Corporate website
Employees (Co.-wide)
Full-time/part-time
Locations
Restaurants
Top local executive
Founded locally
11Ruby Tuesday
150 W. Church Ave.
Maryville, TN 37801
865-379-5700
rubytuesday.com
52,523
9,460/43,063
7212
Ruby Tuesday, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
James Buettgen
President, CEO
1972
22TConnor Concepts
10911 Turkey Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-777-2677
connorconcepts.com
1,200
NA/NA
15
Connors Steak and Seafood, The Chop House
Mike Connor
President, CEO
1992
22TBrothers Management3
2501 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-523-2157
NA
1,200
NA/NA
264
McDonald's franchise
Tom Cochran
President
1960
24Copper Cellar Corp.
3001 E. Industrial Parkway
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-673-3400
coppercellar.com
1,200
NA/NA
175
Copper Cellar, Calhoun's, Chesapeake's, Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, Smoky Mountain Brewery
Michael D. Chase
Owner
1975
55Southeast Foods Co./Pennant Foods
310 Corporate Drive, Ste. 103
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-691-1393
wenburgerknoxville.com
959
NA/NA
35
Wendy's franchise
Tina Hertzel
VP, controller
1979
66Aubrey's Restaurants
6025 Brookvale Lane, Ste. 206
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-584-7779
aubreysrestaurants.com
925
NA/NA
12
Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza, drink
Randy Burleson
Owner
1992
77Shoney's of Knoxville
Main Office, 9720 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-690-6331
shoneysknox.com
743
NA/NA
20
Shoney's franchise
Bill Baugh
President, CEO
1962
88Collier Restaurant Group
P.O. Box 6369
Sevierville, TN 37864
865-428-1823
collierrestaurantgroup.com
700
NA/NA
14
Flapjacks Pancake Cabins; The Melting Pot, T.G.I. Friday's, Golden Corral, Gatti's Pizza, Corky's BBQ franchises
Royce Pruitt
CFO
NA
9NRArby's
406 Lovell Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
865-675-2191
arbys.com
525
NA/NA
18
Arby's franchise
Thomas Johnson III
Owner
1968
109Harris Restaurant Group3
107 Westfield Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-2875
harrisrestaurants.com
500
200/300
22
Papa John's Pizza (GA, SC, AL), Huddle House (LA) franchises
Doug Harris
President
1992
1111Sub South
1701 Schaeffer Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
865-690-5820
NA
400
NA/NA
70
Subway franchise
W. Dwight Church
Justin Church
John Dell
Managing partners
2008
1212Buddy's Bar-B-Q3
5806 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-0051
buddysbarbq.com
320
65/255
176
Buddy's Bar-B-Q
Mark Smothers
President
1972
1313Johnson Family of Restaurants3
1736 Waldens Creek Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-429-0082
johnsonfamilyofrestaurants.com
300
280/20
8
Bennett's Pit BBQ, Alamo Steakhouse, Mama's Farmhouse, Big Daddy's Pizzeria
Bruce Johnson
Kelly Johnson
Jonathan Wimmer
NA
1991
1414Stokely Hospitality Enterprises
250 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-429-5700
applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com
268
NA/NA
7
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant/Applewood Farmhouse Grill; Baskin Robbins franchise
William B. Stokely IV
President
1987
1516The Tomato Head
12 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-637-4067
thetomatohead.com
172
NA/NA
2
The Tomato Head
Mahasti Vafaie
Owner
1990
1615Laxmi Ventures
100 Jack Dance Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-690-0486
salsaritas.com
170
NA/NA
8
Salsarita's franchise
HP Patel
CEO, owner
2004
17173 Burgers
11124 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-236-0099
mctennessee.com/11149
100
40/60
2
McDonald's franchise
Joe Burger III
Owner, operator
2007
1818Petro's Chili & Chips
1033 N. Cedar Bluff Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-310-4686
petros.com
70
25/50
15
Petro's Chili & Chips
Dale Widmer
Randy Widmer
President
Exec. VP, operations
1982
1 Locally headquartered; 2 Worldwide; 3 Source declined to participate. Information from 2013 survey; 4 As of March 2012; 5 Plus two banquet halls & catering division; 6 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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