Puleo’s celebrates Alcoa location with ribbon cutting, donation

Helping Puleo’s celebrate at their ribbon cutting are, from left, Benita Claiborne with BB&T, Blount County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Forster, Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson, Puleo’s District Manager Pete Healand, Puleo’s CEO Gale Huneycutt, Puleo’s managers Daniel Sanford and Michael Wolfe, Alcoa Mayor Don Mull and Blount County Chamber of Commerce board president Bill Marrison, Metropolitan Airport Authority.

Helping Puleo’s celebrate at their ribbon cutting are, from left, Benita Claiborne with BB&T, Blount County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Forster, Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson, Puleo’s District Manager Pete Healand, Puleo’s CEO Gale Huneycutt, Puleo’s managers Daniel Sanford and Michael Wolfe, Alcoa Mayor Don Mull and Blount County Chamber of Commerce board president Bill Marrison, Metropolitan Airport Authority.

Puleo’s recently celebrated the opening of their newest restaurant with a ribbon cutting at the Alcoa location, with Blount County Chamber of Commerce and Alcoa city officials in attendance.

The Springbrook Corporate Center location, which is the seventh in the chain that started in Strawberry Plains, opened in early spring.

Manager Daniel Sanford said customers are enjoying the cuisine available at the new restaurant. “It’s a unique blend of Italian and Southern,” he said.

Puleo’s sets the bar high, manager Michael Wolfe said, adding that customers can taste the difference. “Everything is about quality - our service, our food,” he said.

District manager Pete Healand said Puleo’s chefs always use herbs from herb gardens at each location. “That is one of the first things the chef does on site is make sure the herb garden is built, Healand said.

Healand said the chef also makes sure the recipes are being adhered to daily. This ensures consistency, he said.

Head chef Mo Kante said how customers are treated makes a difference. “We try to treat everybody like family,” he said. “We make sure they have 100 percent satisfaction, and we make sure they have great food.”

Fred Forster, president and CEO of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with the opening. “Small, family-owned businesses are the backbone of the community,” he said. “We’re glad to have them here and look forward to a long tenure.”

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