Whiskey Creek transforms into Tennessee RoadhouseThey say change is the spice of life, and Kevin and Connie Lee Cunningham are keeping things spicy.
They say change is the spice of life, and Kevin and Connie Lee Cunningham are keeping things spicy.
After several years with Whiskey Creek, they believe that it’s time for another transformation.
Whiskey Creek in Alexandria will soon be known as Tennessee Roadhouse.
The change will combine Kevin’s history in the food business and Connie’s years recording music and playing with the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with a remodel of both the interior and exterior of the restaurant.
The idea of a place called Tennessee Roadhouse has been around for awhile. Connie had originally kicked it around with her friends when she was living in Nashville, and when she mentioned it to Kevin, who has been in the business for 33 years, they both thought it would be a great idea for the area.
“We’re so happy to bring a flavor of Tennessee up here,” said Connie. “It’s a lot like the places my friends and I would play and sing at in the South. Great food, great music, great fun!”
Kevin, having been both a franchisee and an independent owner, believes going the independent route will provide an enhanced dinner experience.
“We felt we needed to move in a different direction to better suit our guests,” he said. “I was very proud of the Whiskey Creek menu but felt there were items that were missing, and by changing we will be able to accommodate that and give an even better value to our guests.”
Walleye, for example, is a staple in the area that many guests had requested but was an item that didn’t fit on the previous menu but will be added to the new one.
“Being a franchise, we were confined to what they deemed fit for the company as a whole nationally,” Connie said.
The core of the menu, including steaks and barbecue, will still be available. New regional items will be added featuring pastas, salads and seafood, along with lighter lunch and dinner options. A variety of desserts will also be offered.
Tennessee Roadhouse will feature a new drink menu with classic cocktails, specialty drinks, an expanded beer selection, a new wine list and a variety of margaritas.
Whiskey Creek gift certificates will continue to be honored.
Kevin said he was very pleased to have been involved with Whiskey Creek, even having served on the Franchise Advisory Committee, but “Connie, the crew and I are ecstatic about the change. From the improved menu to the hospitality to an even more laid back ambience, we know our guests will feel the same.”