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Red Robin to open
Burger restaurant to open in Turkey Creek Phase III, Spring 2009

As Phase III construction in Turkey Creek nears a projected March 2009 completion date, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is looking to catch up.

Best Buy, JCPenney, Off Broadway and Marshall’s are going up, and although Red Robin isn’t visible yet, John Finnemore, senior property development manager with the chain, hopes the restaurant can open with the rest of Phase III.

“Right now we’re a little behind that … but that’s our goal,” Finnemore said.

Red Robin, based out of Colorado, chose Farragut as the place to open its first restaurant in Knoxville. The closest Tennessee Red Robin is in Chattanooga.

“What Red Robin specializes in is … gourmet specialty hamburgers. It’s a full-service restaurant with a bar,” Finnemore said.

Red Robin offers more than 24 beef, turkey, chicken, fish and veggie burgers.

The restaurant, though casual, is not fast food.

“We’ve got full table service. You don’t go up and order and wait for your number to be called; you’ll have a waiter and hostesses,” Finnemore said.

“It’s very fun and a family-friendly environment … kids love Red Robin,” he added.

Besides hamburgers, the restaurant offers chicken sandwiches, salads and other entrees. Fries are always all-you-can-eat.

According to Finnemore, Red Robin has a relaxed stance on the products it offers.

“You can take anything we have and mix-and-match it, take things off the hamburger, that type of thing,” Finnemore said.

“You can come in and just order as you wish, but there are twenty-some [burgers] that are there just for suggestion, basically,” he added.

That relaxed attitude applies to more than the restaurant’s food.

According to a Red Robin press release, restaurant employees are encouraged to commit “Unbridled Acts” of kindness toward customers, or guests.

“Each Unbridled Act, regardless of size, is a testament to our unique culture and the care we take for each and every Team Member and Guest,” the release states.

Although the restaurant has franchisees, the Turkey Creek location is a corporate-run facility.

“[We’re] very aware of the growth in and around Farragut … it’s [in] the proof of the demographics and all that shows you how fast this area is growing and what a development Turkey Creek is,” Finnemore said.

He added Red Robin has worked with Turkey Creek’s landlords, Colonial Properties, at other locations.

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