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Gatti’s returns to Farragut

The Gatti’s name has returned to Farragut, modified but still recognizable as Gatti’s Pizza.

“The parent company made a change about 18 months ago to rebrand all of their restaurants. It’s the same product we had before, the same exact company, but … they changed it to Gatti’s Pizza because it just rolls off the tongue easier,” said Pizza Southeast Chief Operating Officer Terry Bateman.

Pizza Southeast owns the East Tennessee franchise of Gatti’s Pizza and currently has eight locations open and three under construction. The franchise plans to build 24 new restaurants in East Tennessee over the next five years.

Gatti’s fans will notice some changes in the restaurant’s service layout and products since Mr. Gatti’s, once located off West End Avenue, closed more than seven years ago.

“Gatti’s is a family pizza, all-you-care-to-eat buffet restaurant. We also offer carryout products, but don’t do delivery at this time,” Bateman said.

He specified the buffet is now open all day, instead of only at certain hours, as was Mr. Gatti’s in Farragut. In addition to pizza, the buffet offers salad, pasta dishes, three dessert pizzas and cinnamon sticks.

“The buffet is always available. That [Turkey Creek] facility has a party room that’s always available, [and] a game room that’s there,” Bateman said.

“We’re glad to be back … It has done well over the years in Farragut and I think it will do exceptionally well where it’s located this time,” Bateman said.

“It’s a prime location … Turkey Creek is so popular now it’s like a little town. It’s kind of in the middle of Turkey Creek and Farragut, so we catch both ends,” Edwards said.

“It’s a dynamic part of Knoxville, and if you’re going to be in Knoxville you’ve got to be in Farragut. It’s just a great community, and you would not believe the response we have had already,” Bateman said.

Bateman said the restaurant depends on adult and student employees; Gatti’s has 37 employees on payroll.

“We depend, obviously, on adults and high school kids. It’s a great place for someone’s first job,” he said.

“I’ve got a pretty good crew starting out. I feel pretty lucky to be out here,” Edwards said.

“It’s been a welcome back and we’re really happy to be there,” Bateman said.


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