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If Our Walls Could Talk: Hidden Gems & Secrets of Dead End BBQ

The walls at Dead End BBQ have seen it all… And we’re here to share all the wonderfully delicious secrets and hidden gems with you.

To our crew, community means everything. There’s nothing better than getting together with neighbors and friends. Throw in a pig roast and some homemade Southern-style sides (with a twist or two), and you’ve got a recipe for a good time!

That’s what we aim to provide at Dead End — not just BBQ, but a warm experience our customers can expect time and time again. A place that brings them comfort while they’re out and about enjoying all their community has to offer. 

Here’s a little glimpse into how we created an environment that offers just that…

The Photo Wall: A Tribute to Knoxville & Beyond

Between the building design, wall decor, unique seating choices, and the many legendary mementos, there’s so much to see and so much community to be shared at the end of this road.

Our main photo wall – a staple in Dead End BBQ decor – started with the opening of the restaurant. On it, you’ll find a wide variety of photographs, plaques, and memorabilia including:

  • A framed puzzle of Knoxville’s cityscape
  • Legendary UT football & baseball plays
  • Respected athletes, coaches, & sports teams 
  • Local & famous celebrities
  • Community charities & organizations
  • BBQ industry celebrities, staff, & enthusiasts
  • Dead End & Sutherland Avenue milestones
  • Several BBQ & food-related quotes

On the photo wall, you’ll also find a few shots of our team with celebrities who’ve stopped into the restaurant (anyone else a Jack Black fan?), as well as past employees who went on to accomplish unique goals. One former employee is pictured competing on a game show (look for The Price is Right photo next time you stop in). Another is pictured winning the Knoxville News Sentinel title of Best Server in 2016.

All Roads Lead to… the Patio!

Our patio is home to a lot of unique items in itself. When dining on the patio, some of our customers may wonder: What’s the story behind the Dead End road sign?

The Dead End Rules road sign hangs as a reminder of the restaurant’s beginnings. This bright yellow, spray painted sign is from the original Dead End party street! It made its way to a few BBQ competitions, but eventually found its forever home above the outdoor fireplace on our patio. The rest is Dead End BBQ history!

Spot the State Flag

Another item you may notice when dining with us is the autographed Tennessee state flag. If you’re wondering about the story behind it, you’re not the only one! This statement piece is an eye-catcher for a lot of our customers, and it’s one that’s close to the crew’s hearts. 

In 2005, Knoxville welcomed the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment back from a tour of duty in Iraq. George coordinated with Colonel Adams and the neighborhood community to pay respect by barbecuing for 2,100 soldiers. The soldiers signed the flag, presented it to him, and it’s been on the wall as a reminder of their bravery and sacrifice ever since.

Don’t Forget to Look Down!

There’s no part of the restaurant too small to do something unique. Sure, you might be captivated by all the photos and memorabilia on our walls… but don’t forget to look down! All of our wooden chairs in the restaurant have been refurbished by Robert and his son to add a “lived in and loved on” feel to the seating.\

​​Up for a Challenge? 

There’s something hidden in a big way at Dead End BBQ! Here’s a hint: It’s used to play a popular sport, but might make you thirsty when you see it. See if you can figure it out…

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