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Crews fight fire at Sevierville restaurant

Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 4:29 AM EDT
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Fire crews were on the scene of a fire at Fat Tony's Roadhouse, a popular restaurant in Sevier County. It took two hours for crews to knock down the fire and another several hours to stop the smoldering.

The building has been a part of the Sevier County community for a number of years and served as a dance hall in the 90s.

The sheriff's office will take over the investigation to determine a cause for the fire.

The owner of the restaurant released the following statement, “While we are devastated at the loss of our restaurant, Fat Tony’s Roadhouse, we are relieved that no one was hurt in this tragic event. At this time we are working to make sure our employees are taken care of. We will keep all our great customers up-to-date about our next steps on our Facebook page. The folks of Sevierville have supported our restaurant from day one, and we sincerely appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we consider our future.”

The fire broke out at Fat Tony's Roadhouse, at 2657 Newport Highway in Sevierville, at about 12:54 a.m. Wednesday.

Sevier County fire officials told Local 8 News that no one was inside the building when the fire broke out. The last employee left around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The building is a total loss, according to fire officials.

According to

page, a concert was planned for Friday, Oct. 7th, to celebrate the restaurant's grand opening.