New Knoxville restaurant to open

Drake’s Knoxville, which features a diverse menu and craft beers on tap, will open in early February 2016 at the Centre at Deane Hill shopping center near West Town Mall, creating 110 new jobs in the market. Owned by Lexington, Kentucky-based Bluegrass Hospitality Group, this is the company’s second restaurant in Tennessee and its eighth location.

“Our restaurant combines very different vibes from a laidback lunch spot to an all-out nightclub,” said Mark Thornburg, Drake’s market partner. “Whenever you come into Drake’s you can expect exceptional food, unwavering commitment to hospitality and an atmosphere that invites people to have a lot of fun.”

The restaurant plans to offer weekly trivia, shuffleboard and daily drink specials. The Knoxville location will feature two DJs who will play on Thursday until 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 2:30 a.m., with one inside the restaurant and another outside on a large patio with garage doors, which will be open in the summer.

The menu features traditional American-style pub food, including hand-pressed burgers, Sriracha wings, build-your-own tacos and sushi.

To apply for a job, visit the temporary hiring office at the company’s future location at 242 Morrell Road.