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Gridiron Burgers expands into West Knoxville

Mix a cup of flavor with a teaspoon of initiative and a tablespoon of experience and you have the recipe for Gridiron Burgers, one of the newest restaurants in West Knoxville.

The store, located at 11605 Parkside Drive, offers easy access for Turkey Creek shoppers seeking sustenance after a long day of fun and shopping. The interior features a Who’s Who of football photos from The University of Tennessee in years past as well as eight 42-inch televisions tuned in to sports


“I knew I wanted to tie in football with an old diner feel,” Collin Cope, owner, said. “That’s one of the reasons we have an open kitchen and stainless steel counters. We even offer hand-made milkshakes.”

Gridiron offers a tempting playbook of burgers, each one with a sports name. The Hail Mary, for example, is made of fresh USDA Choice ground beef, sautéed onions and mushrooms, thick-sliced bacon, choice of Sweetwater Valley Cheese and the company’s signature Gridiron sauce.

“Our Gridiron sauce was originally a salad dressing recipe, but we changed a few ingredients in it and it compliments our food real well,” Cope said.

The options aren’t limited to burgers. The Pass Interference uses turkey instead of beef along with a variety of side options. The Pigskin is an Angus beef hot dog and the Personal Fowl features a chicken breast sandwich, which can be highlighted with any of the Sweetwater Valley cheeses.

“We try to do everything as fresh as possible,” Cope said. “We use fresh U-S-D-A Choice ground chuck that is fresh, never frozen. We hand-cut our fries and hand-bread our onion rings. Our salad dressings and chili are made fresh in-house.”

The effect, he said, is a taste consumers find hard to beat.

“We don’t really consider fast-food places as our competition,” Cope said. “They operate on value while we operate on quality. We’re more of a full-service, casual dining concept.”

Gridiron Burgers offers free of charge a private dining room to companies or groups. The room features an 800-pound quartz table in the design of a football and could seat 12 to 14 people.

This isn’t the first restaurant for Cope, who also owns a Gridiron Burgers off Clinton Highway. He opened it a year ago.

“This has always been a family affair,” Cope said. “My daughter came up with the name, my son came up with the logo and we use a lot of my wife’s recipes.”

Cope spent almost two decades with the Ruby Tuesday company in various specialized areas. He ventured out on his own a little before opening his first store.

“I wanted to have something that was my own,” he said.

For more information, call 865-675-1138.


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