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Restaurant lets daughter, father celebrate Unicoi County roots

By Richard Rourk

Contributed Photo • Allison Woodward is happy to offer sophistication and Southern flair at her restaurant, The Dogwood Café at 27.

A restaurant recently opened just off the Okolona exit from Interstate 26 is cooking up a delectable mix of sophistication and Southern flair just over the county line.

The Dogwood Café at 27, located at 3209 S. Roan St., Johnson City, is owned by a daughter and father with Unicoi County roots.

For customers looking for a new dining destination, Allison Woodward, who co-owns the restaurant with father, Jim Woodward, promises great food with a southern accent. 

Noting that the restaurant opened in September of last year,  Woodward told The Erwin Record that she is excited to promote her venture.

“We have a very talented chef who makes every dish special,” Woodward said. “We have everything from country fried steak, meatloaf and turkey and dressing to a 14-ounce ribeye, Chilean sea bass, fresh sea scallops and chicken Alfredo.”

She said the restaurant also offers a couple of other perks.

“We specialize in real delicious recipes and quality service,” she noted.

Woodward is glad to be returning to her roots.

“Born and raised here in Unicoi County,” Woodward said. “I played golf in college and moved away for a few years but wanted to return home and make a positive impact in my community.”

Woodward said that she quickly decided the best way to the get to the heart of the community was through the proverbial stomach.

“My father and I have never owned a restaurant before, but we decided to go for it,” Woodward said. 

The first step involved securing some talented assistance in the kitchen.

“We recruited a wonderful chef (Glenn Eastham) who had a restaurant in Limestone Cove several years ago,” she said. “My brother, Lucas Woodward, was also a waiter there.”

Contributed Photo: Chilean sea bass paired with homemade mashed potatoes and spinach at Dogwood Cafe at 27.

Woodward is proud of the menu, which she noted offers a wide variety of choices for diners.

She said that Chef Glenn is always changing things up. 

“We wanted something on the menu for everyone to enjoy,” Woodward explained, adding that her personal favorites include the ribeye steak, Kobe beef burger, meatloaf, crab cakes and sea bass. 

“Let’s be honest,” she said. “It’s all my favorite.”

Woodward thinks that everyone who visits the restaurant will quickly find their own favorites and she hopes to see old friends and new ones come and sample a special dining experience at Dogwood Cafe at 27. 

“I want to thank everyone for their support,” Woodward said. 

“We are extremely grateful,” she added. “We are looking forward to seeing you all come out to the Dogwood Café at 27 soon.”

Dogwood Café at 27 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. For the latest menu options, please follow Dogwood Café at 27 on Facebook and other social media.