Restaurant lets daughter and dad celebrate Unicoi County roots

By on February 1, 2022 0

By Richard Rourk

Contributor photo • Allison Woodward is happy to offer sophistication and southern flair at her restaurant, The Dogwood Café at 27.

A newly opened restaurant just off the Okolona exit of Interstate 26 cooks up a delicious blend of sophistication and Southern flair just across the county line.

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

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

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

“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 oz rib eye, Chilean sea bass, fresh scallops and chicken Alfredo.”

She said the restaurant also offers a few other perks.

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

Woodward is happy to return 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 I wanted to come home and make a positive impact in my community.”

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

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

The first step was to get a talented helper 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 server there.”

Featured photo: Chilean sea bass with homemade mashed potatoes and spinach at Dogwood Cafe at 27.

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

She said Chief Glenn is always changing things up.

“We wanted something on the menu for everyone to enjoy,” Woodward explained, adding that his personal favorites include rib eye steak, Kobe beef burger, meatloaf, crab cakes and the bar.

“Let’s be honest,” she said. “That’s all I prefer.”

Woodward thinks anyone who visits the restaurant will quickly find their own favorites and she hopes to see old friends and new ones come for 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 look forward to seeing you all soon at the Dogwood Café at 11 p.m..”

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