KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A local chain of barbecue restaurants in the Knoxville area abruptly shut their doors this week after more than a decade in business.
All six locations of Archer’s BBQ have been closed, a former managerial employee told WATE. Fire and Smoke, a West Knoxville steakhouse from the same owner, has also shut down after a few months in business.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported us for the past 13 years, including our employees. It is a tough time for the restaurant industry. Sales are down, costs are up.I went as far as I could go. Now it’s on to see what’s next in my life.”Archer Bagley
The Memphis-style barbecue chain was founded in 2011 by Archer Bagley.
Social media pages for the restaurant are no longer visible and the website is currently down for maintenance.
WATE’s Kristen Gallant spoke to several Archers BBQ employees who said they were shocked to hear about the closings.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with a statement from Bagley.