In what is now becoming a growing Morristown tradition of commerce, a new restaurant has graced the city.
The ribbon was cut for Tennessee Jack’s on Wednesday signifying its grand opening at Crossroads Square, located across Morris Boulevard from College Square Mall.
Though the restaurant officially opened in April, Tennessee Jack’s looks to become another player in the Morristown restaurant scene, a go-to destination for locals and visitors to enjoy food and entertainment in Hamblen County.
“This is a place where people come to have fun,” said managing partner Dean Hitt. “We invite everyone who is into having fun to come to (Tennessee Jack’s).
“We want to provide (our customers) with a place where they can get good food and hospitality.”
The restaurant was founded by Pam and Ken Woldt in a small, rustic building overlooking the Holston River in Rogersville three years ago. Specializing in wings and seafood, Tennessee Jack’s became a popular hangout for residents of Hawkins County.
After selling the Rogersville location last year, the Woldts opened a second restaurant in Greene County. Later that year, they formed a partnership with Hitt and Michael Boyd, to open a location in Morristown. Hitt and Boyd co-own POSC Business Systems, a restaurant business process company out of Sevierville.
“We serve wings and seafood, and that’s what makes us different,” Hitt said. “We are locally-owned and operated.”
Tennessee Jack’s specializes in fresh food, made from scratch, with most of its supplies coming locally. Hitt added this relationship will endear itself to the community at-large, and will ensure the success of the restaurant.
“We are very big supporters of local businesses. Ninety % of our products come from local vendors,” he said.
Boyd is thankful of the support Tennessee Jack’s has already received from the community, and looks forward to building an even stronger relationship with the area.
“The people of Hamblen County have been great,” he said. “I’ve found this is a great place to do business, and I think Hamblen County will continue to be supportive of us.”
Hitt also said the location is the perfect size to accomplish the task of creating a successful venture in Hamblen County. Tennessee Jack’s boasts a private dining area for large groups, as well as an outdoor patio.
“This is the flagship (restaurant) because of its size. We can put 200 people on the inside, and another 100 on the patio,” he said.
The back bar could be used for trivia on Tuesdays, NFL football on Sundays and an Open Mic and Writer’s Night the first Monday of every month in an effort to help promote regional musical talent.
“When we first looked at this space, it hit me as perfect not only for great dining areas - but for developing a wonderful listening environment. It reminded me of several of the spaces in Nashville that have been successful in helping to launch some pretty spectacular careers in Country Music,” said Hitt, who grew up on Nashville’s Music Row and spent years in and out of some of that city’s most famous listening rooms, including The Bluebird Café and The Exit Inn. “That’s what we have in mind for our Writers’ Nights at Tennessee Jack’s.
“With Kenny Chesney hailing from Luttrell, The Band Perry from Greeneville and Rodney Atkins from Cumberland Gap, we know there are a lot more people within an hour’s drive of Morristown who have that degree of talent. We want to provide them with a place to showcase it.”