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Webster’s to reopen


A Farragut restaurant that recently closed because of financial woes is re-opening under new ownership.

Alan Conrad, a 20-year resident of East Tennessee, is re-opening Webster’s Deli in Renaissance | Farragut.

“The name is well-established. It’s still going to be a deli with specialty sandwiches, traditional deli sandwiches, salads, weekly specials, a budget lunch every day,” Conrad said.

“Webster’s famous Reuben will be back; I understand that was really popular,” he added. The restaurant also will incorporate new items such as panini.

Conrad said he’ll open the restaurant initially for lunch only, and then expand the restaurant hours to include breakfast if appropriate.

The restaurant won’t keep its literary theme, with sandwiches named after famous authors and literary characters.


“That was kind of a personal thing. I want to keep the name, but I want to separate it from the past,” Conrad said of the decision.

Conrad said he plans to re-open Webster’s by the end of the month, a plan he hopes loyal customers will appreciate.

“It’s like everyone has lost a member of the family. I’ve even got the impression that people kind of stop talking as they walk by on the sidewalk, out of respect,” Conrad said.

“Everybody in the complex is very relieved and glad to hear that it’s going to reopen under the same Webster’s name,” he added.

Conrad originally hails from California.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the food business, but that’s pretty much what I did most of my life in California,” Conrad said.

He owned restaurants in northern California and Los Angeles.

“This looked like a good opportunity when I heard about this, and I talked to both Noah and Knick [Myers, developers of Renaissance] and it didn’t take long to make a decision,” Conrad said.

 

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