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Snappy Tomato Pizza opens

Village Green shopping center welcomed Snappy Tomato Pizza into the community as the second of its kind in Knox County May 2.

Restaurant owner Ken Coffey used another restaurant’s closing as an opportunity to start fresh.

“After closing in Fountain City October 2007, we had all the equipment left over and decided to search for a new location that better matched the Snappy Tomato’s atmosphere,” Coffey said.

“Farragut is a great fit for us. It has exceeded all of our expectations,” he added.

The pizza place prides itself on its fresh ingredients and warm atmosphere.

“It’s a family-friendly place. It has a unique look and feel. We also bake our bread fresh and hand-cut all the vegetables everyday,” Coffey said.

Snappy Tomato offers a wide variety of items, including sandwiches, salads and pizza. “We have been pretty aggressive with our special pizza offers since our opening,” Coffey said.

To maintain the close atmosphere, Coffey only hires a few employees.

“Anywhere from 17 to 20 [people] are employed at each restaurant, but about six work each shift, including the drivers,” he said.

Snappy Tomato offers sit-down dining and a delivery service. However, with rising gas prices, delivery comes with an extra cost.

“We have charged a flat delivery fee since early 2007, and it has carried out until now. That fee goes entirely to our drivers, though,” Coffey said.

There are currently 80 Snappy Tomatoes in the United States; another Snappy Tomato will soon open in Knox County.

“We’ll be opening a third in Hardin Valley soon,” Coffey said.

For more information, contact Snappy Tomato Pizza, 11507 Kingston Pike, at



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