published Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Restaurant and sports bar to open on Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain residents will have a spot to watch sports by the end of May.

The old Waycrazy’s Bar-B-Que restaurant is being converted to Pepper Jack’s, a community-oriented restaurant and sports bar.

“We’re going to be a cross between a Cracker Barrel, a Chili’s and a Buffalo Wild Wings,” said owner Stacey Skidmore.

Skidmore plans to serve meat-and-three-style food, typical pub fare and a smattering of barbecue dishes for between $7 and $17. The bar side of the space will have eight beers on tap, including a few local brews. The site will not serve liquor.

Most all of the more than 4,000 aquare feet of space is getting a face-lift. Skidmore, her husband, Lee, and two others have worked for about a month sprucing up the building. They’re also replacing much of the outdated kitchen equipment. Their total investment has fallen below $100,000.

Stacey Skidmore will start accepting applications for between 25 and 30 employees Monday.

Community seems to be the driving force behind Pepper Jack’s. The Skidmores see a need on Signal Mountain for a town hangout, and were excited when their friend and property owner Kirk Wurdak started talking to them about the site.

“The opportunity became available and it was one of those things where we said ‘OK, let’s do this,’” Lee Skidmore said.

The Skidmores plan to decorate their space with old photographs from the area, and are eager for customers to bring in their own. They’re also open to customer recipe submissions, and plan to let customers donate their own favorite chairs. They’ll make sure those chairs are made available for customers each time they come in.

“We’re trying to create a place people can hang out,” Lee Skidmore said.

Pepper Jack’s is tentatively scheduled for a May 23 opening, serving lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.

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