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Shrimp Dock marks one year

Shrimp Dock Farragut is celebrating its one-year anniversary, and marking expanded restaurant services and a continually expanding menu and fresh fish assortment.

“Unbeknownst to us, we picked a challenging year to open and have had continued growth,” co-owner Phil Dangel said.

Dangel and wife, Becky, and friends Allen and Helen Markway opened the Shrimp Dock, 11124 Kingston Pike, to provide fresh fish to a growing West Knox County population.

“We’ve learned more about what the Farragut customer is after,” Dangel said, including a wider assortment of fresh and wild fish, and a fuller lunch and dinner menu.

“Our lunch business has really blossomed, really grown.

“And then we added the Friday night fish fry, which was Allen’s idea, for the Lenten season,” he said, adding the event has become so popular it has been expanded to a year-long feature at the business.

“People are looking for an inexpensive way to feed themselves and their family in a family environment,” Dangel added. As part of the growing restaurant business, the Shrimp Dock has acquired a beer permit.

The Shrimp Dock continues to offer fresh, usually wild, fish, which is delivered daily to the business.

“We only sell wild, not farm-fed, predominantly,” Dangel said.

In response to customer requests, The Shrimp Dock will offer a “Moms On the Go” cooking class Thursday, May 14, featuring Chef Vern Lindsey.

“The number one question customers ask is ‘How do you prepare this?’” Allen Markway said.

“We’re really big on customer requests. If they have something they really want, a dish, or anything in particular they want, we really go out of our way to find it for them,” Markway said.

“We don’t just stick with what’s on the rack here, we try to accommodate our customers’ requests,” he added.

The owners also said they eventually would like to expand their catering business, including the ever-popular “seafood boils.”

“We can customize your boil, including potatoes, corn, sausage … and we can do boils for up to 500 people,” Dangel said.

The Shrimp Dock has expanded its hours until 7 p.m. weekdays, 8 p.m. on weekends and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.


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