Located at 103 S. Campbell Station Road, at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike, Elkmont Station held a “soft opening” Monday, April 10, and Tuesday, April 11, before fully opening to the public Wednesday, April 12.
The restaurant’s website, elkmonstationknox.com, describes the restaurant as “one-of-a-kind” with a menu featuring appetizers, salads and main courses that will “change with the seasons.”
Additionally, its executive chef “has created menus for multiple single-concept restaurants,” and its hand-crafted drinks also are unique to the business.
Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Board chair Christine Dean was among those visiting during the soft opening. “The staff was great and the food was absolutely delicious,” she said. “The manager was really nice. He gave us lots of information on their future plans.”
Town Vice Mayor Louise Povlin and her husband, Jay Povlin, visited the restaurant twice during opening week, with Jay posting positively on social media about both experiences.
“The before and after pics (of our plates) should be a clue as to how we felt about our meals,” noted Jay, as two full seafood-filled plates became completely empty plates in the photos.
“Another wonderful business in Farragut,” he added. “What a great addition, and I hope everyone can visit.”
“We are very fortunate to have a restaurant of this caliber in Farragut,’ the Vice Mayor said. “The way they have finished the interior is very nice and welcoming, and the food is outstanding.”
“I went around 5:30 (Monday night) and it was packed,” Farragut Mayor Ron Williams said. “We enjoyed a great meal, and some great conversation with friends and neighbors. We all tried something different. Our table started with seared scallops, smoked chicken egg rolls, Low Country bouillabaisse, steak frites and chicken and dumplings.
“Our friends’ table had Andouille and Cornbread fried oysters, smoked pork tenderloin, roasted Carolina trout and a large salad,” he added. “Thumbs up on it all.
“The inside was very tastefully done. I can now see why it took so long to finish the buildout. This place will be a hit for sure.”
Steve Krempasky, Farragut Business Allilance/Shop Farragut executive director, and his wife, Mary Krempasky, tried out the restaurant Wednesday, April 12.
“We had a wonderful dinner at this new Farragut experience. FYI — The elk mount has a nickname,” he said, later revealing it to be “Arnie,” which he said staff members relayed.
“We were delighted by the overly accommodating staff and welcoming atmosphere,” Krempasky added.
“The menu was robust and yet simple. We both had refreshing appetizers before our entrees and my wife was pleased to have some options for her gluten-free diet. Overall, Elkmont Station is a brilliant new addition to our Farragut dining experience.”
The restaurant’s name was inspired by the Wonderland Hotel once located in the Elkmont Area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park prior to its establishment.
Elkmont currently is open during dinner hours only: from 4:30 to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 4:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.