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Restaurateurs open Cajun restaurant in West End

West End Avenue is home to a new restaurant: Muddoggs Cajun Grill.

Owners Mike and Linda Peacock, former franchisees of Beef O’Brady’s in Turkey Creek, opened the restaurant in late May at the location of the former Gondolier.

“I wanted a neighborhood restaurant,” Mike said.

To encourage that, Muddoggs has a relaxed atmosphere but doesn’t skimp on the quality of food.

“I’ve got a five-star Cajun chef; he’s tremendous. But we also have a casual atmosphere.

“You can wear shorts in here and still get five-star food,” Mike said.

“It’s very affordable,” he added.

Mike said most of Muddoggs’ food was made from scratch at the restaurant.

“The only thing we’re not doing is we’re not baking our own bread yet. We are baking it, but we’re bringing it in frozen from Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans.

“Our food’s authentic; it’s real,” Mike said.

The menu includes everything from alligator to seafood boils, jambalaya to beignets.

“Our beignets are the same as the Café du Monde’s. … Ours are just as good,” Mike said.

“They say there’s two things you can’t get enough of in this world and powdered sugar is one of them,” he joked.

Mike said he wanted Muddoggs to fill a culinary hole in the community.

“I live in Farragut. My other restaurant was in Knoxville. … We were just getting watered down by the other businesses in that area.

“So I decided to come over here and do a Cajun restaurant because Cajun is my favorite food,” Mike said.

“I never get hungry and [here] I eat wonderful food,” he added.

The restaurant has a children’s game room and an adult sports room, featuring TVs and pool tables. That room also can be booked for private events.

“You’ll have a room where you can go back and watch sports, but you’ll also have one you don’t have to listen to it, or watch it,” Mike said.

The restaurant plays Cajun music as ambience, but also has an iTunes jukebox so diners can select their own tunes.

“It feels like home over here. It’s pretty cool,” he added.

He said he liked the peacefulness of West End.

“I go and sit out on my patio out here and I don’t have to listen to the traffic, horns blowing. It’s nice and peaceful out there,” Mike said.

Muddoggs, 138 West End Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 or 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The restaurant also is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays and is closed on Mondays.

For more information, visit or call the restaurant at 865-671-4001.


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