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New life in store for Farragut landmark eatery

Progress is continuing in the process to bring a former Farragut favorite, Ott’s Bar B Q, back to life.

“We plan to re-open Ott’s Barbecue in the same building,” Mike Masters, one of the main partners in Ott’s Barbecue, LLC said.

Masters said he and his brother-in-law, Bill Johnson, own 52 percent in the new Ott’s company, but they have 10 partners who would also have a share in the business.

The partners are still in the process of obtaining grading permits and presenting a site plan to the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission before any work on the property can begin.

“We have all the original recipes,” Masters said. “The former owners wouldn’t sell any of the recipes. We re-hired Mavis, who was there for 18 years and my brother is with P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. We’ve had the original sauce analyzed and broken down, so we’ve duplicated the sauce.”

Masters said they have the recipe for smoking pork shoulders.

“We did that Saturday for 14 people and it was absolutely phenomenal,” he said.

The goal for the company, he said, is to eventually expand and franchise stores in different locations across the state. The first goal, however, is quality food and customer service.

“Our first goal is quality customer service,” Masters said. “Our second goal is keeping Ott’s exactly as it used to be. We’re retroing the building back to 1961.”

The building would look the way it did in 1961, Masters said, although the interior workings would be state-of-the-art equipment.

“One of the extra things we’re going to be added is a pavilion behind the building for church events,” he said. “Nothing will be added to the menu except hot dogs. I have two young kids who don’t like barbecue, so we’re calling them Ott’s Dogs.”

The building will have a drive-thru window and the food would still be served in Reynold’s Wrap.

“Nothing else changes,” he said. “We want to have the same mentality. Why fix something that’s not broke.”

Masters said he and his partners have been working on the idea of re-creating Ott’s for some time.

“I’m originally from Farragut, grew up here,” Masters said. “Everybody from here knows that Ott’s is an institution.”

The property would still remain in the hands of current owner R. Knick Myers of Myers Brothers Holdings and Masters would have a long-term lease.

“I’m excited Ott’s is coming back to Farragut,” Myers said. “I think it’s a great thing for the community.”


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