plates of food at sun diner
June 7, 2023

The Smoky Mountains know 2 important things: meals and music! Generations of Smoky Mountain visitors and locals have been thoroughly impressed by the unique culinary creations and sweet tunes that have come out of East Tennessee! Sun Diner, scheduled to open in June, is the latest Smoky Mountain attraction to combine these 2 worlds! After pleasing hoards of guests at their location on Broadway in Nashville, Sun Diner is expanding to the Smoky Mountains with an additional location on the Gatlinburg Parkway. Here is everything you need to know about Sun Diner:

What is Sun Diner?

pancakes at sun diner

Tasty Southern comfort food meets nostalgic music at Sun Diner! This new Gatlinburg restaurant aims to recreate the contagious energy and vibes that made this era of music such a special time full of many incredible musical artists!

You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back into time when you walk through the doors at Sun Diner and see vintage music-related decor and photographs of the many legendary musicians who recorded at Sun Records! Images of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins are proof of just how significant of an influence Sun Records had on the music scene coming out of Nashville.

Sun Diner has all of your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs covered! Each dish is carefully prepared by chefs who specialize in back-home, Southern cookin’!

Pancakes are always a great breakfast choice while specialties like “Let’s Do The Twist” Creme Brulee French Toast, Hangover Biscuits and Gravy, chicken and waffles are sure to blow your mind! Order up a juicy burger, hot chicken wings, hot turkey and gravy, savory meatloaf or country fried steak when you stop by for lunch or dinner! No matter what meal you’re having, you can’t go wrong at Sun Diner!

A Tribute to Sun Records

turkey at sun diner

Sun Records played a crucial role in shaping the genres of rock and roll and rockabilly! Started in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952 by Sam Phillips, Sun Records grew into one of the most listened to record labels thanks to the groundbreaking recordings that came from many different emerging artists that would eventually become superstars!

Sun Records’ first hit song came in 1954 when Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right”. Elvis combined elements of the blues, country and R&B to develop a style never before experienced by many folks across the country! Elvis continued to pump out incredible music at Sun Records, solidifying his place as a musical icon and elevating the reputation of Sun Records.

About Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar

steak and eggs at sun diner

Sun Diner is located in Jason Aldean’s building on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, in between Ben & Jerry’s and Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse. This Gatlinburg restaurant is located on the first floor and is the first part of Aldean’s restaurant to open.

Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar is another establishment set to open at a later time in the same building as Sun Diner! Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar will be an entertainment and food hub where delicious food, live music and breathtaking views wow guests! A rooftop patio offers picturesque views of Gatlinburg you won’t find anywhere else!

Plenty of great fun is on deck when you visit Sun Diner in Gatlinburg! You’ll want to find a place to stay where the whole family can be comfortable when you visit! Explore the room options at our Gatlinburg hotel and start planning your vacation today!

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