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Aubrey’s hosts breakfast


Aubrey’s Restaurant in Farragut played host to Farragut High School’s graduation celebration committee and graduating seniors and their parents Saturday, April 26.

The pancake breakfast was a fund-raiser for FHS’s graduation celebration, an event designed to keep seniors safe graduation night.

The pancake breakfast is not an uncommon event at Aubrey’s. The restaurant hosts fund-raisers for school, church and community organizations at many of its Knoxville-area locations.

“The big thing with us, since we’re not a big national chain, is that we try to create more community,” said Aubrey’s owner, Randy Burleson.

“We just appreciate everybody’s support for all these years. We’ve run a lot of meals through that building, that’s for sure,” he added.

“What would the world be like without Aubrey’s? Because the rumor mill’s always going that we’re leaving.

“We never have planned on leaving Farragut, we just wanted to build a new building … but right now I don’t see us moving out of that location, although parking will be forever a problem there,” Burleson said.

Burleson and Aubrey’s have witnessed the growth of Farragut.

“The world has definitely changed down there now, with Turkey Creek and everything on the lake,” he said.

“I remember back in the early 90s, every Friday and Saturday night, it was the same people all the time. It was sort of like Aubrey’s was the unofficial town hall. Farragut has obviously grown up a whole lot . . . but every day it’s still familiar faces,” he added.

“It’s still the place to bring the whole family.”

Aubrey’s, Sam & Andy’s and Ott’s Barbeque were the three main restaurants in the Town when Aubrey’s opened in 1992. According to Burleson, not many people expected Aubrey’s to last for very long in Farragut.

“Whenever we built it, they thought we would be there six months. They planned for it to be a doctor’s office, really. That was the bet, pretty much, six months. We survived; we grew up,” he said.

The Farragut location was the first Aubrey’s that Burleson opened in Knoxville.

“We’ve been very blessed in Farragut. It was the start of it all.

“We saw O’Charley’s come and Ruby Tuesday’s come and Silver Spoon come and Kalamata Kitchen come and Edison Park come and go, and Aubrey’s is still down there,” Burleson said.

Burleson currently owns 10 restaurants in Knoxville: six Aubrey’s locations, Bistro by the Tracks, Sunspot off Cumberland Avenue, Barley’s Taproom in the Old City, and Stefano’s Pizza.

 

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