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Jet’s Pizza opens


Jet’s Pizza has opened its doors in a long-vacant space in Farragut — the former Blue Coast Burritos at 11124 Kingston Pike.

“We’ve been waiting for you to open a restaurant here in Farragut a long time,” the restaurant’s first customer, Michael Cain, said Friday, Aug. 20.

According to owner Joe “J.C.” Ford, the Farragut Jet’s is only the second location in the nation to be a full-service restaurant.

“That’s a big space and a good location,” Ford said.

The restaurant offers dine-in options, not a normal thing for a Jet’s location. The Farragut restaurant also serves beer and wine. In addition, Jet’s offers pick-up, carry-out and delivery.


Ford said the Jet’s menu is varied, but many customers fall in love with the restaurant chain’s signature dish.

“Our signature pizza is our deep dish square. That’s what we’re known for. That’s what people try and never go back to the other ones,” Ford said.

Jet’s also offers pan pizza and thin and crispy crust styles.

“We do have wings, we do have salads, we do have subs. We have what we call ‘jet boats,’ but other people call them calzones,” Ford said.

Ford owns other Jet’s Pizzas, including six in Michigan and another Knoxville location near West Town Mall. Those other locations are all delivery and pick-up only.

Ford said he got into the business through a friend, who now owns several Jet’s locations in Nashville.

“One of my best friends from school quit his job and opened a Jet’s Pizza in the Detroit area. It was very successful.

“And his sister was the general manager in the store, and I married her,” Ford said with a laugh.

“So we decided to open our own,” he added.

That same brother-in-law moved to Nashville and has since opened up several stores in the area. Ford decided to try his hand in Tennessee as well, with his West Hills and now Farragut locations.

“We’ve won best pizza two years in a row” in the Nashville area, Ford said. The restaurants have only been there four years.

Ford said both his restaurants “are getting great response from the Knoxville area.”

“Give us a try. You won’t be disappointed,” he said.

Ford plans to open at least one other location in the Knoxville area.

Jet’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.jetspizza.com or call 865-675-0505.

 

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