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Tennessee-themed hotel makes its debut

A hotel full of Rocky Top, the Great Smoky Mountains and all things Tennessee made its debut in Knoxville Saturday.
Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 3:22 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 3:27 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -A hotel full of Rocky Top, the Great Smoky Mountains and all things Tennessee officially opened in Knoxville Thursday.

The Graduate Knoxville hotel formerly known as the The Volunteer Hotel features 112 rooms along The Strip located on Cumberland Ave.

The hotel says it’s mainly orange and white throughout its lobbies with a community feeling of the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee.

“We’re thrilled to open our doors and welcome Knoxville locals, Vols fans and the University of Tennessee community,” said Ben Weprin, Graduate Hotels CEO and Founder. “Graduate Knoxville has been a labor of love for our team, and we’re honored to have had the opportunity to create a hotel that celebrates this incredibly dynamic and proud community. As a UT alum, I know how special this town is, and we look forward to serving as a memorable gathering place for years to come.”

The rooms also contain elements of the Great Smoky Mountains and Former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Along with Rocky Top throughout the lobby, the hotel announced it has partnered with Peyton “The Sheriff” Manning for a western-inspired, high-end bar.

The bar, Saloon 16, announced it will debut its grand opening on Friday August 14.

“It’s exciting to team up with Graduate Hotels on their Knoxville location, bringing Saloon 16 to the heart of the University of Tennessee community,” Peyton Manning said. “I love Knoxville, and when I am there, this is where I’ll be hanging out. With a lot of memorabilia and menu items inspired by my playing days for the Vols, Saloon 16 at Graduate Hotels is the perfect place to relax and have fun.”

Saloon 16 will feature a food bar with items that pay tribute to the people who impacted Manning during his time at UT. Some of the items include Peyton’s Chicken Parm “You Taste So Good” Sandwich, Ray and Lucy’s Beer Dip and Go Go’s Sloppy Joe, while late-night inspired items such as Cheese Bings and Rooster Sliders hint to classic Knoxville eats. The beverage menu offers specialty cocktails such as Pat Summitt’s Royal Sprite.

The bar, Saloon 16, announced it will debut its grand opening on Friday August 14.
The bar, Saloon 16, announced it will debut its grand opening on Friday August 14.(WVLT)

For more information visit The Graduate Knoxville hotel here.

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