Hard Rock Cafe has moved to Pigeon Forge

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Thanks to the change in the Liquor law in Pigeon Forge, Hard Rock Cafe has moved to the old Tony Roma’s building at 2050 Parkway. This is a great place to have this restaurant, plenty of parking space and plenty of room for the smoky mountain tourists. This is a big win for the company, Pigeon Forge and the tourists.

The new Hard Rock Cafe location will seat 302 guests, feature private event space, free parking, patio seating, live music stage, and an interactive Rock Wall Solo- a 52″ high-resolution interactive touch wall that enables fans to virtually explore the world’s greatest music memorabilia collection.

Next time your vacationing in Pigeon Forge stop by the Hard Rock Cafe.

The Island in Pigeon Forge set to open in June

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PIGEON FORGE — Signs have been erected for several tenants of a nearly complete development in Pigeon Forge, and safety testing for the development’s centerpiece attraction is complete.

The first phase of the Island in Pigeon Forge will open mid-June, about a year and a half after new developers took over the abandoned Belle Island project.

The new project will include dining and shopping attractions, as well as the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, the 200-foot attraction.

“We put up a main sign on the Parkway last week and finished safety testing the wheel,” said Kristy Lucero of Access Brand Strategies, the public relations group for the Island. “We’re working on getting everything up and running.”

The Island’s dining tenants include Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill, Island Yogurt and Poyner’s Pommes Frites. Among shopping tenants are Alaska-based Island Trading Post and the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Gift Shop.

Lucero said the developers plan to add more tenants, including a hotel, in the second phase.

“We still have spaces to fill, but I don’t have any specific information right now,” she said. “A hotel is in the plans, but nothing has been finalized.”

For the first phase, Lucero could not give a more specific opening date than mid-June.

“We’re still doing construction for some of the buildings, so for phase one we’re opening what we currently have,” she said. “Most of phase one are the dining options, and our centerpiece is the wheel.”

The wheel has 42 climate-controlled, glass gondolas that seat eight persons each. All ages can ride the three-revolution experience.
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Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Gatlinburg Gets Go Ahead

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The Mountain Press reports that plans for a Margaritaville restaurant in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have been given the go-ahead:

To local Parrotheads’ delight, the city’s Municipal/Regional Planning Commission approved the site plan for Margaritaville — a popular Jimmy Buffett-inspired casual dining chain — during its Monday evening meeting.

The 13,000-square foot restaurant will sit at 805 Parkway—a property that was home to the recently-demolished Midtown Lodge and an area where construction is almost completed on a two-story parking garage that’s accessible from River Road and Parkway. The restaurant and parking garage will share the same tract, City Planner David Ball explained.

“There’s enough space there for both,” he told the board.

The single-story building will boast an outdoor dining area and have approximately 400 seats. A retail store will be connected to the restaurant — located on the upper portion of the lot, at the corner of Maple Lane and Parkway — though the retail component would only be a small portion of the building, local developer Ned Vickers said.

“(Margaritavilles) are typically restaurants and retail,” he explained. “It’s a big restaurant.”

Plans are still in the initial stages, with changes to the building’s overall design still being considered. The concept still requires submittal to the city’s Environmental Design Review Board, Ball explained.

UPDATE: Margaritaville now going in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Dollywood’s Kids Fest

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The largest kids’ festival in the South, Dollywood’s KidsFest welcomes the Gazillion Bubble Show in 2012, filling the stage with astounding bubble artistry. Kid’s fest runs from June 17 – August 7, 2012.

At the Imagination Playhouse, the Penguin Players bring to life three classic children’s storybooks, including the inspiring Little Engine That Could. All three shows feature original sing-along songs written by Dolly. The forecast is calling for fun at the Imagination Cinema where the Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls™ 4D Experience fills the big screen.
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Pigeon Forge Votes Down Liquor Referendum

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Pigeon Forge, TN – May 11, 2011 – Voters in the Great Smoky Mountains city of Pigeon Forge have again voted down liquor by the drink, leaving Gatlinburg and Sevierville the only nearby resort towns serving alcohol in a region known for its moonshine heritage.

The unofficial result Tuesday was 590-482. The issue also lost in 2009 in Pigeon Forge.

Pastor Ronnie Reagan, who had become one of the most outspoken public faces of the opposition, was at the polls throughout the day and stayed to celebrate the results.

“I just thank the Lord everyone spoke out like they did,” he told The Mountain Press.

The paper said church groups appealed to old-line values, campaigning about the dangers of strong drink.

“I’ve just felt a good fellowship with these people throughout the day,” Reagan said.

Businesswoman Pam Ogle said she and the business community were shocked.
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