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Fresh from the Wok
Crowds mark opening week of Pei Wei Asian Diner


Pei Wei Asian Diner opened its doors in Turkey Creek Monday, Aug. 24, and celebrated its grand opening all week.

“The community has been fantastic. They’ve been coming out and really supporting us,” Pei Wei general manager Matt Carter said.

“It’s been great. … It’s taking off real fast now,” assistant manager Matt Gladfelter said.

Pei Wei is a sister company of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, and offers some of the same menu items, including Chang’s perennially popular chicken lettuce wraps.

“We call it a fast-casual, or quick casual, version. It’s actually an Asian Diner, as opposed to Chang’s is a China Bistro,” Pei Wei spokesman Clay McAfee said in a previous farragutpress interview.

Gladfelter said the menu includes examples of five Asian cuisines: “we also have Thai, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, as well as Chinese.”


“It’s a great taste … everything made to order from the wok,” he added.

The restaurant’s menu does not have items priced above $10, Gladfelter said.

McAfee compared the restaurant’s setup to a Panera Bread Company, where customers order at a counter.

However, Pei Wei has a small wait staff responsible for refilling beverages and clearing tables.

“It’s a much more sophisticated environment. It’s got a very contemporary look to it,” McAfee said.

“We’ve got a good blend of music coming through. It’s quick paced, with great food fresh from the wok,” Gladfelter said.

In addition to serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers carry-out and catering platters.

“We have a catering menu, or a party menu. They’re bulk orders so most of the orders will feed five to seven people,” McAfee said.

“We also do take-out, both walk-in and call-in, and we’ll do Internet ordering very shortly,” Gladfelter said.

Pei Wei is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant seats about 70.

The seven-year-old company, based out of Phoenix, Ariz., has opened several locations nationwide, including one in Nashville.

For more information, call Pei Wei, 11301 Parkside Drive, at 865-966-1610, or visit www.pei-wei.com

 

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