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KINGSPORT — The former TK’s Big Dogs location on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport didn’t stay closed for long.
It has been reborn as the King’s Korner with a strong connection to the nearby LampLight Theatre and The Nutty Java.
TK’s operator Tom Keller asked LampLight Theatre Producer/Director Billy Wayne Arrington and Nutty Java operator Carl Matherly if they would be open to taking over his lease.
“He could have sold the lease for a lot of money because it was a long-term lease, but he saw what we had done at LampLight Theatre and he just wanted that spirit to carry on,” Arrington said of Keller’s intentions.
The new joint venture will now provide a warm, casual environment for people to gather for coffee or food. The King’s Korner menu includes soups, sandwiches and a salad bar, plus homemade desserts and Hershey’s ice cream.
It’s a short walk down from the LampLight Theatre, a venue for Christian-themed shows.
The King’s Korner will also include a gift shop and a small bookstore, in addition to being a place for acoustic musicians to perform. A small stage has been set up for performers to entertain, according to Arrington.
“We just wanted to provide a space where people would feel comfortable to hang out. ... We wanted an extension of who we are,” Arrington said of the joint venture.
Arrington also promised the King’s Korner will be open weekends and start offering breakfast.
The King’s Korner is located at 160 Broad St. and can be reached at (423) 245-0062.