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Archer’s Barbecue to open

Archer Bagley wants to bring Memphis barbecue to Farragut.

And that’s the plan three weeks from now, when he hopes to open Archer’s Barbecue at 11151 Kingston Pike, next to Blockbuster.

“When I think of Memphis style barbecue, I think of dry rubbed ribs. That’s the big thing that no one around here does. It’s not ribs slathered with sauce,” Bagley, a Memphis native, said.

“I feel like the meat should be able to stand alone,” he added.

Archer’s Barbecue will be a fast-casual restaurant, where customers order what they want from a counter, take a number and wait at tables until their food is brought to them.

The restaurant, which Bagley is opening with his wife, Yvonne, will offer catering and bulk-order menus, and will offer carryout in addition to dining in.

While the Memphis barbecue style meat will be dry rubbed, Bagley said sauce would be available for those who prefer it. The menu also will feature items not normally affiliated with Memphis barbecue, such as brisket, green tomato soup, catfish and even smoked wings.

The restaurant will offer beer, but no other alcohol.

Bagley’s executive chef, Jay Barron, also is a Memphis native who has 20 years cooking barbecue, including a 12-year stint at Corky’s.

Bagley attended undergrad and graduate school at The University of Tennessee Knoxville and worked as an engineer for a year in Oak Ridge before moving to Colorado, then to Georgia.

After being laid off, Bagley felt he wanted to pursue a dream of owning a barbecue restaurant and decided the Knoxville area was where he wanted to return.

“I moved back to East Tennessee, and this is where I wanted to be, Farragut and West Knoxville. ... I like the people here in East Tennessee,” Bagley said.

He said his Kingston Pike restaurant would be a great option for lunch-goers who want to avoid Turkey Creek traffic.

Archer’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will seat about 90.

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