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New life for Applewood site

The former Applewood restaurant in Farragut may see new life.

David McFarland and Cullen Corbett of Asheville, N.C., are seeking to turn the old building at 11335 Campbell Lakes Drive into the Wild Wing Café, a restaurant and sports bar.

“We’ll be a full-service restaurant,” Corbett said. “We’ll probably have seating for about two hundred-seventy-five people.”

What will be the attraction? Corbett said the menu would feature at least 33 different flavors of hot wings and lots of cold beer. The menu would also feature ribs grilled in any of the flavors for the wings, shrimp and chicken dishes as well as a variety of burgers.

“The place will have a beach feel with a lot of memorabilia on the walls,” he said. “We’ll have hardwood floors and about twenty television sets in the place so people can enjoy a variety of sports programming. We hope to become a destination spot where people can come and enjoy Vol games.”

Corbett said this isn’t the first business endeavor he and McFarland have made together. They currently own and operate a Wild Wing Café in Asheville.

“We saw Knoxville as a good opportunity to expand our business,” he said. “It is close to Asheville and David plans on moving to Farragut. He’ll become part of the community.”

This is about the third endeavor in this building, which is owned by the Stokley Company.

Andrea White, spokesperson for the company, said Stokley would retain ownership of the property, but the property would be under the control of Corbett and McFarland.

White said the company has faith in the endeavor, despite failure of past businesses in that location.

“We feel this will be a worthwhile endeavor,” she said.

Corbett said the creation of Lakes Edge Drive running from Parkside Drive directly into Campbell Lakes Drive would allow better access for


“With the putting in of the new road and the building of Gander Mountain, we believe this is a growing location,” he said. “We plan to hire approximately one hundred-twenty people from the community.”

Corbett said Wild Wings Café originated in South Carolina. A man from Atlanta, Ga., Cecil Crowley, and his wife, Dianne, were returning to their Atlanta home from a vacation. The Crowleys owned and ran an advertising firm, and Cecil was tired of commuting in the Atlanta traffic and dreamed of a better life, Corbett said.

Both, for some reason, thought they might like to own a restaurant.

After investing $250,000 in equipment, renovations and advertising, and finding a partner with some restaurant experience, they opened Wild Wing Café on the duck pond at Coligny Plaza in June 1990.


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