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Cook’s Grill to open in former Burger King location in July

Cook’s Grill is coming to town.

Boarded up windows and empty parking lots have become a somewhat familiar sight in town, but Farragut residents will not have to wait much longer as Cook’s Grill is poised to fill the vacant Burger King at 11242 Kingston Pike in Farragut.

“I saw an opportunity in Farragut, and decided to act on it,” owner and Farragut resident Walter Cook said.

Cook, along with family members and a team of contractors, is in the process of renovating the restaurant and plans for a grand opening around the first of July.

Cook’s is a one-of-a-kind concept defined as a “fast casual” restaurant offering an upscale product line.

“We will be dedicated to offering quick service dine-in, fast take-out and home and business delivery,” Cook said.

The menu will be comprised of full-scale meals. Some of the dinner menu items include sirloin, ribeye and chopped steak, chicken, salmon and shrimp. Dinners will be served with a baked potato, salad and a roll. Side dishes include grilled onions and mushrooms, melted cheddar cheese and dressing. Cook said that all meals will be grilled or baked. “We have no deep fryer in the kitchen.”

Smaller dinner portions will be served for lunch as well as hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and Caesar and Cobb salads. Cook’s Grill will offer a children’s menu with chicken strips, shrimp and hamburgers. Some decadent delights also will be offered for the dessert lover, such as New York-style cheese cake, chocolate chip cake and cookies.

Menu prices range from $1.09 for cookies to $15.99 for a 12-ounce ribeye steak. Meals will be served in disposable containers and plastic utensils will be offered. The drink menu consists of soft drinks, iced tea and bottled water. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

The restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Cook is no stranger to the restaurant business. He has been involved in restaurants for about 10 years. He is part of a seven-member corporation which own Cook’s Grill. The other six members reside in Georgia.

Cook noted that the style of this grill is in between fast food and formal sit down.

“We will be targeting the folks who want a fresh cooked, full scale meal without having to be waited on by a server,” he said.

Customers will order their meal at the counter, and will be called when the order is complete.

Customers can either order and dine at the restaurant, or take their meal to go. Every meal will be cooked fresh and prepared within about seven minutes.

Delivery will be available within a five-mile radius for a nominal fee.

“We feel that the delivery service will be a great asset to our business,” Cook said. “We are striving to give our customers the quality that they deserve and the convenience that busy lifestyles demand. “The customer will get a hot, delicious meal delivered right to their door.”

The Farragut Burger King building has been vacant for approximately 18 months. The property is owned by Moser Biddle Corporation.

Mary Biddle, leasing agent for the property, said that she has had quite a few contracts on the property, but for one reason or another, the contracts did not come to fruition.

“We are very excited about Cook’s Grill coming to Farragut,” Biddle said. “This restaurant will definitely be an asset to the community.”

Cook is currently in the process of staffing the business. Applications are being taken from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

Cook said, “Most of our employees will be part time, with the exception of our chefs and restaurant managers.” Cook added that the attire for the employees will be casual as well.

“The uniform will be khaki pants and a forest green golf style shirt with our logo on it,” he said.

Cook said the motivation behind this restaurant concept is, “Cook’s Grill is how the cook in the kitchen spells relief.”


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