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Area restaurants roll out the red carpet for year’s biggest day


If Momma isn’t happy, then no one is happy.

It’s an old saying, but mothers spend a lot of time and energy doing for their families. Area restaurants are preparing for the influx of families that traditionally go out to eat on Mother’s Day, which takes place this Sunday, May 13.

Kelly Ross, a manager with Aubrey’s Restaurant in Farragut, said they have a tradition of honoring moms on Mother’s Day.

“We’ll be giving out roses to moms as we’ve done for several years,” she said. “We’ll also be having a filet and shrimp

special.”

Ross said the restaurant would open at 10:30 a.m. to accommodate its patrons.

Edison Park, just across Campbell Station Road from Aubrey’s, will also be giving out roses to all the moms that come in the door this Sunday.

“We’re going to do a brunch at eleven that morning and have dinner specials that evening,” Chris Power, a manager, said. “Customers generally like the roses we hand out to moms.”

Sherry Teague, an employee with Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy at Turkey Creek, said the restaurant would be opening at 10 a.m. this Sunday for Mother’s Day.

“The first one-hundred mothers get special coupons with different discounts on them,” she said. “The first thirty get T-shirts.”

Dave Levins, operating partner for Bonefish Grill, said the restaurant would open at 11 a.m., Sunday.

“We’ll be giving chocolate-covered strawberries to every mom,” he said. “We’ll be opening early. Normally we open at four.”

Connor’s Restaurant will be opening at 10:30 a.m., but manager Roy Dobens said there would be no specials.

“We’ll have our regular menu,” he said. “There won’t be any special menu items for Mother’s Day.”

Amy VanHoose of Flemming’s Steakhouse said the restaurant would be having a couple of special menu items in addition to gifts for mom.

“We’re going to have a couple of fixed-price menu options available that day,” she said. “We’re going to be giving away red leather jewelry portfolios to all the mothers who come and dine with us.”

Flemming’s, she said, would open at 11:30 a.m. for all the families taking mom out to eat.

Charity Bivins, a manager with Johnny Carino’s restaurant off Lovell Road, said that, as of press time, she wasn’t aware of any specials to be offered on Mother’s Day.

Managers from Carraba’s Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse said they weren’t aware of any special hours or menu items for Mother’s Day Customers.

Lakeside Tavern employees said its restaurant planned to have a lunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for customers wishing to treat mom to a day without

cooking.

Terry Barile, manager of Red Lobster off Kingston Pike, said Red Lobster was opening at 10:45 a.m. and is “adding extra tables and chairs, extra highchairs and boosters, anything and everything we can do to make their Mother’s Day wait as pleasant and as short as possible.”

Deron Little, one of the owners of Seasons Café in Farragut, said his restaurant would be pulling out all the stops for those coming by on Mother’s Day.

“We normally have a buffet at ten-thirty, but we are expanding it for Mother’s Day,” he said. “Items of the buffet will include prime rib, peel-and-eat shrimp, French toast, cheese blintzes and lots of other food.”

Little said all guests would receive freshly baked breakfast bread at their table, something the restaurant normally doesn’t do.

“We’ll be giving out roses to all the moms,” Little said. “It’s going to include all the foods and fresh-made desserts. It’s a large Sunday-brunch extravaganza.” The buffet cost is $15.95 per person.

“I’d suggest people not plan anything Sunday afternoon because they’ll just want to take a nap after dining with us,” Little said.

 

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