Take a look inside the rebuilt Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg, which will open on Oct. 2.
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GATLINBURG -Â No need to remember the Alamo â the Gatlinburg steakhouse, which burned down during Novemberâs wildfire, has risen again.
Itâs scheduled to open Monday, Oct. 2, with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting and service starting at 11 a.m., 301 days after its destruction.
“It looks just like the old Alamo from outside,” said Kelly Johnson of Johnson Family Restaurants, the establishment’s owner.
An opportunity for changes
But there are plenty of differences inside 705 E. Parkway; owners took the fire as an opportunity to make changes, such as adding a semi-private dining room that seats 12, for birthday parties or business meetings.
“We didn’t have anything like that before,” Johnson said.
The three semi-private âlove nestsâ for couples have increased to four; they and the 12-seat dining room can be reserved. There are also 10 window booths up front, twice as many as before.
The kitchen size has doubled, with two grill lines now, although the menu is almost unchanged, Johnson said.
The Johnson family broke ground on the new building April 10, predicting then a start-of-October reopening. At the time Johnson predicted the new building would cost âtwo million easy,â with equipment and furnishings adding nearly another million.