Big crowds turn out for the opening day of Tupelo Honey Cafe

Big crowds turn out for the opening day of Tupelo Honey Cafe

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Customers line up early for the opening of Tupelo Honey Cafe. Customers line up early for the opening of Tupelo Honey Cafe.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - People lined up early in Market Square to get the first taste of a restaurant, that's new to the Knoxville area.

Tupelo Honey Cafe opened at 11:00 a.m. Monday on Market Square, but hungry diners showed up earlier in anticipation of the big opening.

The restaurant has two locations in Asheville and decided to open their first Tennessee store after getting a number of requests from customers.

"The hype has been huge, the publicity," said David Powell, general manager of the Knoxville location. "Knoxville's expectations are very big. We planning on meeting or exceeding those expectations all day."

Managers said they won't be taking reservations yet, but plan to in the near future.

The restaurant specializes in Southern favorites with chef-inspired twists. To view the Knoxville menu, click here.

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