Smoky Mountain Brewery opens doors in Maryville

General manager Chris Henderson talks with Bart Fricks, chief operating officer for Copper Cellar Corporation, as they prepare to open the Smoky Mountain Brewery across from Target in the former Uno’s restaurant.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

General manager Chris Henderson talks with Bart Fricks, chief operating officer for Copper Cellar Corporation, as they prepare to open the Smoky Mountain Brewery across from Target in the former Uno’s restaurant.

Friends and family of employees of the new Smoky Mountain Brewery that is opening across from Target get a sample as the restaurant prepares to open on Sunday.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Friends and family of employees of the new Smoky Mountain Brewery that is opening across from Target get a sample as the restaurant prepares to open on Sunday.

Copper Cellar Restaurants, parent company of Copper Cellar, Calhoun’s, Chesapeake’s, Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse and Smoky Mountain Brewery, has the pretzels in the oven, the burgers on the grill and their own microbrews on tap for its first venture into Blount County.

Smoky Mountain Brewery will open this weekend in the former Uno’s Chicago Grill building on Watkins Road in Maryville. The venture is bringing with it 100 new jobs, said Bart Fricks, chief operating officer Copper Cellar Restaurants.

“We added about 100 jobs including managers. We’re at about 60 full-time and 40 part-time employees,” Fricks said.

Guests can look forward to a wide menu, with everything from appetizers that include oven-baked pretzels, quesadillas and wings, to sandwiches, burgers, pizza, calzones, pasta, as well as ribs, chicken, steaks and salads. Although the Maryville restaurant does not contain a microbrewery, the location will offer a full selection of the concept’s beers.

“We’re going to have our full selection of microbrews we carry in all our other restaurants,” said Fricks. “Our Velas Helles, an award-winning beer, and Mountain Light are our two most popular beers. Seasonal beers will always be available as well.”

Plans are for the restaurant to open for dinner at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19; Monday, Dec. 20; and Tuesday, Dec. 21, and then begin regular operating hours the next day, opening at 11 a.m. for lunch and closing at midnight Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, closing will be at 1 a.m. The restaurant will offer live entertainment as well.

Fricks said staff is enthusiastic about opening the new Smoky Mountain Brewery. “It is very exciting for us at the Copper Cellar to be going into Blount County. While several of us have opened restaurants with other concepts, we are extra excited going into Blount County and being able to offer our products and services to the fine folks here,” he said.

Fricks said staffing has gone well. “I believe we’ve about hired most of the staff we’ll need to open the restaurant,” he said. Renovations have also gone smoothly, said Fricks.

“The weather cooperated as we put the expansion on. Other than a few hiccups, we look to be on track.”

There are three locations of Smoky Mountain Brewery including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Turkey Creek. The Maryville location does not have a microbrewery. The corporation closed on the former Uno’s building on Friday, Aug. 13.

For more information about Smoky Mountain Brewery, go to Coppercellar.com or find Smoky Mountain Brewery on Facebook.

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