Developments move forward in light of Pigeon Forge liquor vote

Developments move forward in light of Pigeon Forge liquor vote

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A Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville hotel and restaurant is slated for The Island at Pigeon Forge. A Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville hotel and restaurant is slated for The Island at Pigeon Forge.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Two new proposed commercial developments in Pigeon Forge are moving forward in light of Thursday's vote, which made it legal for businesses to sell liquor by the drink.

Pigeon Forge voters passed the measure 952-798.

On Friday, the mayor of Pigeon Forge, David Wear, told 6 News that developers of two new businesses were waiting on the results of the vote. In light of its passage, they'll be bringing their business to the city.

The first would be a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville hotel and restaurant in The Island in Pigeon Forge, the development formerly known as Belle Island Village.

"Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville has been in a holding pattern for quite sometime. They are very interested in Pigeon Forge. They had to put their plans on hold until the referendum was passed. And since they passed it last night, they are ready to move forward," said Mayor Wear.

The second development is a Hard Rock Cafe restaurant, which would be located along the parkway in Pigeon Forge.

"We have a local business owner who has property here in Pigeon Forge, he's been pursuing Hard Rock Café very vigorously. We believe they are close to making an announcement soon," he explained.

Wear says they are in talks with other developers as well, but cannot release details on those names just yet.

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