New business review: Metro Grill delivers


John Yau is the owner of Metro Grill in Foothills Mall.

John Yau is the owner of Metro Grill in Foothills Mall.

At Metro Grill, it’s all about the delivery.

Delivering a variety of high quality dishes to customers at home and work is what Metro Grill owner John Yau says is a priority he is committed to providing.

Yau said has created a database of regular delivery customers that is continually growing. “That way they only have to give me their phone number. I can pull up the address from the phone number,” he said.

Metro Grill is located in Foothills Mall and has been there for about a year. Yau changed the name from Japanese Grill to Metro Grill to better reflect the varied menu. While he is especially proud of his beef short ribs, spaghetti and cheeseburgers, the fare is varied enough to suit any tastes.

Yau hinted at a few special ingredients and spices that make each dish tempting and delicious, but he couldn’t be convinced to give away his secret recipes.

The menu includes appetizers such as egg rolls and spring rolls, crab rangoons and Buffalo chicken wings. The entrees range from American fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti, pizza, chili cheese fries and salads to Oriental cuisine such as hibachi style meals, fried rice or noodle plates and grilled teriyaki beef and chicken, all with your choice of meat or vegetable. Meals come with rice and vegetables on the side and don’t forget to check out the desserts.

Yau’s commitment to quality food, delivered to homes or businesses, is evident in the large delivery area he serves. Metro Grill delivers to the 37701, 37737, 37742, 37777, 37801, 37803 and 37804 zip codes.

But while the restaurant focuses on delivery, it’s also a great place to relax during a day of shopping at the mall or for a quick meal. There is plenty of comfortable seating and Yau’s own original paintings decorate the walls.

Yau was born in Taiwan but at the encouragement of a friend, he and his wife, Julia, moved to Atlanta for work. He said they came to Maryville while visiting another friend and fell in love with Blount County and so, 25 years ago, he and his family moved to the area. “Everything is real beautiful here,” he said.

Yau has either owned a restaurant or been in the restaurant supply business all his life. He is now focusing all his attention and energy on Metro Grill.

Metro Grill is located in the Foothills Mall, across from Goody’s Family Clothing and next to JC Penney. Their phone number is 865-237-9008 and their fax number is 865-681-6300. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any order over $20 qualifies for free delivery.

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