Gnome roams into Blount County

Roaming Gnome Pub and Eatery owner Travis Webb stands in front of what will be the third location of his restaurant. The restaurant should be open in early December.

Roaming Gnome Pub and Eatery owner Travis Webb stands in front of what will be the third location of his restaurant. The restaurant should be open in early December.

This Roaming Gnome won’t help you book airline tickets, but it offer you a place to meet friends after work or on the weekends.

The Roaming Gnome Pub and Eatery is set to open in early December. This is the third Roaming Gnome restaurateur Travis Webb has opened.

The other two are in Sevierville and Knoxville. The Maryville store is located in the former Sun Up Café on West Broadway Avenue and is 3,000 square feet. Workers are currently making the kitchen smaller to make room for a pool table, foosball and some video golf games, Webb said.

The new restaurant will be as much an entertainment venue as an eatery. “We’ll have lots of TVs. We’re putting in large booths with 19-inch televisions in the booths. You’ll be able to select your own TV shows and programming of choice,” Webb said. “It’s going to have a laid back feel. You can come in and grab lunch or dinner or drinks with friends.”

Webb said he hopes to put a large awning over the existing porch in the front to make it more accessible during the colder seasons. When that happens, he will also put televisions outside and heat it in the winter, he said.

“We’re looking at the possibility of expanding the patio to the side of the building to get more people outside with live music in the spring, summer and fall,” he said. “This will be a little more of an upscale pub, very similar to our Gnome in Sevierville.”

Webb hopes the new establishment will appeal to football fans. Roaming Gnome will carry the NFL and college football television packages and possibly pay-per-view boxing.

“Our Sevierville location carries all the UFC pay-per-view fights along with the major league baseball packages,” he said.

All three restaurants will be similar in their food offerings. For a sneak peak, go to Gnomepub.com.

“We love good food,” said Webb. “We’ve got signature items that we make in-house. We’re famous for our cheeseburgers -- everybody loves those. We’ve got nachos with our own twist called Mega Nachos, cheese sticks we call Cheese Logs that we make in house and our deep-fried cheddar mashed potatoes.”

The hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday - Saturday and noon to 3 a.m. on Sunday. “We will also more than likely model it after our Sevierville operation where we will have a full menu until 2 a.m.”

Webb said he opened the Sevierville location in 2007 and the Knoxville location on The UT Strip in 2008.

Webb said he is originally from Little Rock, Ark., and his father was in the restaurant business in East Tennessee. “My dad moved up here when I was young, so I was always coming here. I have been around restaurants my whole life,” he said. “I was with TGI Fridays for seven years and was a general manager in Sevierville.”

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