The Shoney’s restaurant on Chapman Highway in Knoxville just south of the Henley Bridge is closed for renovations that will take about eight to 10 weeks.

Renovations of the Shoney’s in Maryville and Alcoa are not scheduled at this time, but are part of a plan to eventually upgrade the company’s restaurants throughout the area.

The restyled building is designed to reflect a new image in the region served by Shoney’s of Knoxville Inc. that includes 18 restaurants in Knox and nine surrounding counties, including Blount County, according to a news release.

“We believe the modern design — a blend of mountain lodge meets farmhouse style — will appeal to a wide variety of age groups, but especially to the surrounding South Knoxville student and young family residents,” said Roy Leslie, president and CEO of Shoney’s of Knoxville.

Shoney’s at Chapman Highway will look much like the newly renovated locations in Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Work at the South Knoxville site started Wednesday, with a date for the reopening to be announced in coming weeks.

“There’s no time frame for Blount County, mostly because we’re waiting for the construction around the Alcoa location,” said Annie LaLonde, marketing director for Shoney’s of Knoxville, Inc. “For the TDOT construction to be progressing much further along than it is now, so that we can see what the traffic flows can be.”

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