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Oskie’s Bar & Grill gets new owners


Farragut landmark Oskie’s now has new ownership.

Sally and Brandon Chapman recently bought the bar and restaurant from Sally’s former business partner, Gary Lowdermilk, who has retired.

And that means some changes for Oskie’s patrons.

“We have a lot of ideas,” Sally said.

Many of those changes include exterior and renovation-type modifications: new patio furniture, new paint, hardwood floor to replace the carpet, remodeled bathrooms and possibly covering the patio.

“It’s going to be a work in progress and we’re just going to be chiseling away at it,” Brandon said.


“We wish we could do everything overnight, but this is the way things will be done,” Sally said.

Other changes include special deals and theme nights, as well as registry with a popular national take-out option.

“We’re going to have bike nights on Tuesdays, and we’re doing a West End cruise-in — everybody to get their cars out on Wednesday nights,” Sally said.

“We’re going to get music back in on Friday nights,” she added.

Brandon said he’d also just signed up Oskie’s with Take Out Taxi, a multi-restaurant delivery service.

“You go to takeouttaxi.com and pick out the restaurants you want. So, you and your significant other — if you want Applebee’s and he wants Oskie’s, you order from wherever you want to order it from, they drive around and pick up all the food and deliver it to your house,” Brandon said.

Most of all, the Chapmans want Farragut citizens to know that Oskie’s is more than a bar.

“Come in and try the food. If people can get past the fact that we’re not just a bar … we have really good food and we have really good drinks.

“We have the best of both worlds,” Sally said.

“We have really great pizza and so many people have no idea that we do,” she added.

“We are going to change the menu: it will have a lot of the same favorites, but with some new twists,” Brandon said.

The Chapmans have hired a new kitchen manager.

Brandon said Oskie’s had a unique environment among other restaurants.

“It’s ‘Cheers,’ you know? Everybody knows each other … brand new people, within 15 minutes are family. And it’s always been that way,” he said.

“You’re instantly drawn in. Nobody is a stranger here,” he added.

Sally has worked at Oskie’s for more than 15 years — working for a previous owner, then becoming a minority partner and finally a full owner. She remembers the restaurant when it was Rick’s Place and Between the Buns.

Another name change may be in the future for Oskie’s, but that won’t happen immediately.

“We’ve got a ton of ideas and we’re trying to get them done as quickly as possible,” Sally said.

The Chapmans, who participated in Taste of Farragut last year, plan to continue their involvement with community events and charities.

“If you’re not involved with the community, the community won’t get behind you,” Brandon said.

Oskie’s, 155 West End Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sundays. Oskie’s currently is open only for adults 21 and over.

For more information, call Oskie’s at 865-675-0900.

 

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