Dollywood’s Aunt Granny’s Receives A New Look And New Menu Items
As Dollywood’s 2018 season begins to kick into gear, you might notice a few changes around Aunt Granny’s All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet. With help from Lodge Manufacturing Company, the restaurant has been recast as Aunt Granny’s Restaurant presented by Lodge. It features not only an updated look, but a new menu as well.
The name “Aunt Granny” comes from the nickname that Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews have called her for years. This family attitude is reflected in the changes made to the restaurant which now features bright and airy space for guests to take a break from the thrills of the park and enjoy a meal together. The new renovations also include action stations, like a new carving station, where guests can watch Dollywood chefs create a number of delightful delicacies. Dollywood Vice-President Phil Bernard says,
“Dollywood is known for its quality southern food offerings, and a visit to the buffet at Aunt Granny’s certainly should be on the list for any foodie. With our continuing focus on great food, we felt the time was right to recast the restaurant and add new menu items, while also keeping many of the old favorites. The opportunity to partner with Lodge, which is another iconic Tennessee brand, also made perfect sense. When you think of traditional southern foods like fried chicken, cornbread, or apple cobbler, you think of cast iron cookware. And when you think of cast iron cookware, there’s only one company that comes to mind—Lodge.”
The unique partnership with South Pittsburg, Tennessee-based Lodge brings a selection of the company’s famous cast iron cookware into the dining experience. The iconic cookware adorns displays throughout the restaurant, while food on the buffet line will be served from Lodge products. With more than 130 different items, Lodge Cast Iron produces the largest selection of cast iron cookware on the market, including skillets, griddles, grill pans, Dutch Ovens and restaurant serving pieces. Founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896, Lodge is the oldest continuously operating cast iron cookware foundry in the U.S. The company is also the oldest family-owned cookware company in the country. Henry Lodge, CEO, and Lee Riddle, Vice President of Sales, are fourth and fifth generation descendants of Joseph Lodge.
This change comes soon after Dollywood took home the Golden Ticket for Best Theme Park Food at Amusement Today’s 2017 Golden Ticket Awards last fall. The park has demonstrated its commitment to providing excellent food options to guests with a variety of new options at Aunt Granny’s. Some of the new menu items include
- Southwestern herb baked chicken
- country chicken & dumplings
- roasted red-skinned potatoes with cheddar cheese & bacon
- corn puddin’
Have you had a chance to visit Aunt Granny’s? Which foods are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!
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