Plenty of East Tennessee restaurants open for Christmas

Plenty of East Tennessee restaurants open for Christmas

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A lot of local restaurants plan to be open on Christmas day. One of many is Calhoun's at Turkey Creek. They say every year they see more customers over the holiday-all people opting for a holiday meal without the work.

"We're almost expected to be open for the holidays because folks feel like we're here for them. So I think it is good for the company," says General Manager Rob Goebel.

Jessica Mitchell who takes reservations at the restaurant showed us their Christmas reservation list that's filling up quickly.

"We've seen about 50 bookings so far but like in years past we anticipate more calling in over the next 24 hours," said Mitchell.

The kitchen has the most work ahead. Mass preparations for the big day begin a few days in advance.

"We have prime rib, that's one of our best sellers. Pork Chops. Ale steaks marinated in mustard and ale, that's one of the best things on the menu," says Colin Wittner, one of the chefs working Christmas day.

They say the sooner you pick your restaurant and make a reservation the better, especially if you have a bigger party or specific food preferences.

Calhoun's locations open for Christmas are:

  • Calhoun's at 10020 Kingston Pike in Knoxville 865-673-3444
  • Calhoun's at 6515 Kingston Pike in Knoxville 865-673-3377
  • Calhoun's at 400 Neyland Drive in Knoxville 865-673-3355
  • Calhoun's at 4550 City Park Drive in Lenoir City 865-988-9838
  • Calhoun's at 2532 Parkway in Pigeon Forge 865-868-1500
  • Calhoun's at 1004 Parkway in Gatlinburg 865-436-4100 

Other restaurants that are open include:

  • Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse at 1002 Parkway in Gatlinburg 865-436-4287
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Mahogany's at 401 W. Summit Hill Drive in Knoxville 865-522-2600
  • Copper Cellar West at 7316 Kingston Pike in Knoxville 865- 673-3422
  • Dancing Bear Lodge at 133 Apple Valley Way in Townsend 865-448-6000
  • Shoney's at 4410 Western Avenue in Knoxville 865-525-2242
  • Shoney's at 1021 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville 865-977-4412
  • Shoney's at 120 Sharon Drive in Dandridge 865-397-6444

Reservations are recommended for these restaurants:

  • The Lodge at Buckberry Creek at 961 Campbell Lead Road in Gatlinburg 865-430-8030
  • Mandarin House at 314 Merchants Drive in Knoxville 865-689-4800
  • Marriott at 500 Hill Ave. in Knoxville 865-637-1234
  • Ruby Tuesday at 4834 N. Broadway in Knoxville 865-689-7793
  • Ruby Tuesday at 750 Brakebill Road in Knoxville 865-971-1799
  • Ruby Tuesday at 2055 Alcoa Highway Suite A in Alcoa 865-342-3280
  • Ruby Tuesday at 483 South Davy Crockett Parkway in Morristown 423-586-0830
  • Ruby Tuesday at 523 Patriot Drive in Dandridge 865-397-1393
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery at 11308 Parkside Dr. in Knoxville 865-288-5500
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery at 1004 Parkway in Gatlinburg 865-436-4200
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