Red’s Drive-In has been a Dollywood fan-favorite since it opened with Jukebox Junction in 1995. The menu boasts thick, frosty shakes and the best burgers in town. Apart from being a well-themed eatery (with great food!), this spot serves as a nod to some Dolly Parton history.
In 1946—the year Dolly was born—a man named Paul “Red” Clevenger opened a small restaurant in Sevierville. Red’s Café offered a variety of short-order items, but burgers were his specialty. When Dolly was a little girl, she recalls she had a toothache and had to “go to town” to see a dentist. Dolly’s father treated her to lunch at Red’s after her appointment. That childhood memory stayed with Dolly because it was the day she tasted her first hamburger. She says by the time she got to high school, she visited frequently. Burgers cost a quarter and soda and fried pies were a nickel!
To celebrate the fondness Dolly has for this local eatery, Red’s Drive-In became a staple in the Jukebox Junction landscape. While the original Red’s is no longer open for business, Dolly hopes the restaurant at Dollywood will preserve its memory for years to come.
The opportunity to place Red’s at Dollywood worked out beautifully when the team dreamed up the Jukebox Junction section of the park. The 1950s theming lends itself to classic cars and doo-wop. When guests visit Red’s Drive-In, they’ll see poodle skirts and hear Elvis singing in the background.
When looking for lunch, Red’s serves burgers, crinkle-cut fries, chili fries, wraps, kids’ meals, salads and seasonal milkshakes.
Just introduced: Red’s Drive-In online meal packs. Order your meal 24 hours before you visit and it will be waiting on you! Select your preferred menu items, choose your time for pick-up and you’ll skip the line when it’s time to eat. And parents everywhere said, “Amen.”