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Lakeside Tavern to host FHS fund-raiser

Lakeside Tavern, a new restaurant at Concord Marina in Knox County’s Concord Park, has slated Monday, April 25, as its opening date.

Before its grand opening, Farragut High School’s PTSO will host a fund-raising dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, with the hope of raising more than $7,000 for the school’s technology fund.

PTSO co-chairs Michelle Stockdale and Lisa Jones have been working with Glenn Kirtley, director of operations for the restaurant group, in order to make this event a success.

“The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for the high school,” Kirtley said. “Secondarily, since our opening is less than a week after the fund-raiser, this will be a great practice round for our wait staff and chefs.”

Located along the shores of Fort Loudoun Lake, Lakeside Tavern is the fourth of its kind in Knox County for the Allegro Restaurant Group, owners of Riverside, Westside and Parkside Taverns.

Kirtley said Lakeside Tavern will have a menu similar to the other restaurants, serving steak, chicken and sandwiches and will have some “killer desserts.”

The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. There will be outdoor patio seating and boat slips for customers who travel by boat. Kirtley said smoking will be allowed on the patio as well as in the bar, which is segregated from the seating area.

Cost of the dinner is $15 per person, with all proceeds going to the FHS technology fund. There will be a minimal charge for alcoholic drinks, but soft drinks, tea and coffee are free.

Kirtley said he would like the patrons to be aware that the menu for this event is a “chef’s choice.” Customers will not be able to order from the full menu; rather, each table will be given a choice of either steak or chicken along with an appetizer and a dessert.

“We want this night to mirror an actual night at the restaurant,” he said. “If everyone orders steak, then the only chef working that evening is our steak chef.”

He said if a customer has a particular need such as a vegetarian meal or an allergy to a menu item, changes can be made.

Tickets for the fund-raiser will be available at the end of February.

“I would like to sell all 400 tickets by spring break,” Jones said.

(Spring break for Knox County Schools is Saturday, March 19, through Sunday, March 27). “I hope that everyone who is interested in attending this fund-raiser gets their reservation in early,” Stockdale said. “I think we’re going to have a sell-out crowd.”

Parents can visit the FHS Web site for information about reservations for the fund-raiser, and students may check daily announcements at FHS.


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