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March 10, 2015

March 10, 2015

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Restaurant seeks more than 200 employees for various positions

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen has begun hiring the team of professionals that will make Southern hospitality a staple at the celebrity chef’s restaurant at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Management of the new eatery plans to fill more than 200 positions, including line cooks, prep cooks, bakers, dishwashers, bussers, bartenders, servers, hosts and retail sales associates.  The restaurant is slated to open in late April.

“We are excited to have Paula Deen’s new restaurant concept join the already great things happening at The Island,” Bob McManus, developer of The Island at Pigeon Forge, said. “The economic impact that the restaurant will bring to Sevier County and East Tennessee is tremendous, and we look forward to supporting the restaurant in its efforts to hire local employees.”

The restaurant’s tiered seating will provide each guest a unique view of The Island’s Show Fountains and also the Great Smoky Mountains. Customers will enjoy classic Deen family recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a traditional family-style atmosphere. The complex will also include a 4,000-square-foot Paula Deen Retail Store.

Compensation for the various hourly positions will be dependent on experience and skill.

Individuals should apply in person at The Island’s hiring mobile office in the parking lot just before the bridge. On-site signage will direct applicants to the appropriate location.

Hiring hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  An appointment is not required.  Hiring will be take place immediately and on the spot, so selected applicants will need a driver’s license and Social Security card.

Prospective employees may also apply by emailing a resume or letter of interest to Roland Gilfour, director of operations for Paula Deen Restaurants and Retail Stores, at [email protected].

For more information about Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, please visit

About The Island

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a new retail and entertainment center in the heart of the town. It features restaurants, shopping, attractions and a 200-foot-high observation wheel, The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, offering spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains. The stunning Island Show Fountains dazzle guests, especially at night when they feature beautiful light shows. There is live entertainment daily.

The Island offers eateries, attractions and shops such as: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Build-A-Bear, Sweet Candy Shop, Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Island Yogurt, The Fudgery, Poynor’s Pommes Frites, Timberwood Grill, Mellow Mushroom Express, Dude’s Daiquiris, Arcade City, The Flying Horse Carousel, The Euro-Bungy Jump, The Island Trading Post and Miner’s Gems & Fine Jewelry. The Margaritaville Island Hotel, a four-star property, opened in October.

The Island in Pigeon Forge is open 10 a.m.-midnight daily. Store hours vary by business.