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Ott’s reopens to warm welcome

Ott’s Barbecue, 12828 Kingston Pike, reopened at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22. Owners Bill Johnson and Mike Masters decided to reopen Ott’s after the restaurant closed more than four years ago.

Ott’s closed in 2003. Owners Doug, David and Rick Frost closed the doors after inheriting the business from their parents, Carolyn and Richard. The restaurant was begun by the Frost boys’ grandparents, Ott(o) and Thelma Melott, in 1963.

Masters and Johnson wanted to recreate the tastes and character of the original restaurant. “Everything in Ott’s is going to be reproduced exactly as it was. The menu that we have is the same menu; we’re not adding anything to it,” Johnson said in an earlier interview with the farragutpress.

Johnson and Masters even have the original recipe for Ott’s famous vinegar-based barbecue sauce.

Ott’s first customer, George Nennstiel, said, “It tastes just like it always did.”

“The public reaction is overwhelming. We are just so excited; with the soft opening, we didn’t expect to be swamped like we have been ever since we opened,” Johnson said.

“We’re very excited and appreciative of the people who started with Ott’s years ago and the people who are supporting it today,” he added.

Ott’s will be open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 10 am. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call Ott’s at 865-675-OTTS (6887).


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