published Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Small Business: Uncle Larry's brings fish fry to MLK area

Larry Torrence, right, delivers a whiting fish plate to customer Anthony Burke at Uncle Larry's Restaurant on M.L. King Boulevard.
Larry Torrence, right, delivers a whiting fish plate to customer Anthony Burke at Uncle Larry's Restaurant on M.L. King Boulevard.
Photo by Tim Barber.
Uncle Larry's
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Name: Uncle Larry's

Owner: Larry Torrence, 53

Opened: March 2013

Location: 736 M.L. King Blvd., next to Blue Boys

Slogan: "Fish so good it will smack you"

Menu: A variety of fried fish, including tilapia, catfish and shrimp, along with pork chops and other entrees; desserts include red velvet cake

Investment: $3,500 and four months of renovation work

Business story: Torrence, who owns the Jani King No. 9 office cleaning business, says he has always cooked fish for his family members who urged him to turn his avocation into a restaurant career.

Staff: The family-run business includes his brother, Kevin Torrence, and his nephew.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday

Menu prices: Ranging from $1 hot dogs to plates with two sides for $7.99

Phone: 423-757-5894

-- Compiled by Business Editor Dave Flessner at dflessner@timesfreepress.com.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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