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Drake’s restaurant concept to open in West Knoxville in February

January 4, 2016

Jan. 4, 2016

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Amanda Shell Jennings
Moxley Carmichael


086A4823DRAKE’S is opening its first restaurant in Knoxville and inviting locals to their hybrid eatery that offers both a relaxed atmosphere for a family lunch or dinner and a high-energy club with a DJ and dancing at night.

DRAKE’S Knoxville, which features a diverse menu and craft beers on tap, will open in early February at the Centre at Deane Hill shopping center near West Town Mall, creating 110 new jobs in the market.

Owned by Lexington, Kentucky-based Bluegrass Hospitality Group, this is the company’s second restaurant in Tennessee and its eighth DRAKE’s location.

“Our restaurant combines very different vibes from a laidback lunch spot to an all-out nightclub,” said Mark Thornburg, DRAKE’S market partner. “Whenever you come into DRAKE’S you can expect exceptional food, unwavering commitment to hospitality and an atmosphere that invites people to have a lot of fun.”

DRAKE’S offers weekly trivia, shuffleboard and daily drink specials. The Knoxville location will feature two DJs who will play on Thursday until 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 2:30 a.m., with one inside the restaurant and another outside on a large patio with garage doors, which will be open in the summer.

DRAKE’S eclectic menu features traditional American-style pub food, including hand-pressed burgers, Sriracha wings and more, with a delicious twist that includes build-your-own tacos and an extensive sushi menu.

“Our affordable menu encourages people to come to our restaurant to hang out and socialize,” Thornburg said. “Whether its wings or sushi, DRAKE’S will keep you well fed and entertained.”

The restaurant currently is accepting applications for positions at the restaurant. To apply, visit or visit a temporary hiring office at the company’s future location at 242 Morrell Road.

To learn more about DRAKE’S and its Knoxville opening, visit and like the Facebook page at