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A Local Favorite: The Story of J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen

Step inside J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen and you’ll be taken back in time to the 1930s, when J.T. Hannah first opened the doors to his well-known Pigeon Forge restaurant. Serving up delicious All-American foods, not far from The Inn On The River, you won’t want to miss your chance to taste the favorite Southern dishes from J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen. To help you learn more about this popular restaurant in Pigeon Forge, we’ve created the ultimate guide to J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen:

J.T. Hannah’s History

The story of J.T. Hannah is an interesting one. The restaurant earned its name from the successful Smoky Mountain businessman, J.T. Hannah, himself. The Pigeon Forge restaurant originally began as a lunch option for Hannah’s warehouse employees. Then, the business took off and Hannah was able to shut down the warehouse lunchroom to begin dedicating his time to the restaurant. Still today, your eyes can wander through the warehouse that’s still reminiscent of what it looked like back then, filled with rustic décor and relics. Guests will appreciate that the entire staff still displays true Southern hospitality, just like they did when J.T. Hannah started the business in 1930.

What to Expect

sizzling fajitasFrom sizzling steaks and fresh burgers to deluxe sandwiches and house specialties, J.T. Hannah’s is a great place to visit when you are looking to fill a variety of hungry appetites. Whether you’re visiting with your sweetheart or your family, you’ll love visiting this spot. Prepared with the highest quality ingredients, everyone can find something wonderful to enjoy for lunch or dinner at J.T. Hannah’s. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include The “Killin Me” Burger, Smoky Mountain Grille, and the Tennessee T-Rex — but you can’t forget their award-winning St. Louis Spare Ribs. Be sure to save room for dessert, too! There’s a variety of options, from strawberry shortcake to orange soak cake. If you have the little ones with you, they get their own variety of options. Choose from spaghetti & meatballs, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, and more!

J.T. Hannah’s Location & Hours

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen is conveniently located directly on the Pigeon Forge Parkway. The Pigeon Forge restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. and serves lunch and dinner! Because it can be busy, we recommend joining the waitlist online before you visit. 

The Inn On The River is just a few short minutes from J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen, so it’s a great place to stay for your Pigeon Forge vacation! It’s less than 2 miles from our hotel, so you won’t have far to go. Rooms at our Pigeon Forge hotel are equipped with a variety of amenities, like private balconies overlooking the Little Pigeon River and in-room fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen is just one of the many delicious restaurants in Pigeon Forge! Looking for more places to eat? Here’s our list of bucket-worthy restaurants!