UCBJ Blog: SATCO and Paula Deen coming to Cookeville

San Antonio TacoCOOKEVILLE – Two topics are trending big in Cookeville this week.

The first, a new restaurant is coming to town. Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said San Antonio Taco Co., a well-known Nashville Tex-Mex eatery, will remodel the former Bobby Q’s at 1070 N. Washington Ave. A tentative grand opening date has been set for Aug. 1.

It will be SATCO’s first location outside the capitol city. The original outfit opened in 1984 on 21st Avenue in the Vanderbilt area.

The Bobby Q’s spot has been vacant since 2013, after the barbecue restaurant relocated to 428 E. Broad St., the former kitchen for Made with Love, near the courthouse square.

It’s at least the second new restaurant to announce plans in Cookeville in a month. Krispy Kreme is in the midst of constructing a roughly 3,000-foot-foot shop at 947 S. Jefferson Ave. And Jet’s Pizza opened on West Jackson Street earlier this year.

Paula Deen

The other item of Internet discussion is also food related. Celebrity chef Paula Deen will hold a book signing at the Books-A-Million in Jackson Plaza promoting her new release, “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat.” Deen lost more than 40 pounds and has maintained her weight loss for over two years by swapping out ingredients to reduce fat and calories. The new cookbook presents lightened up versions of 50 of her classic southern recipes.

The signing will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 27. For more information, call the bookstore at (931) 528-2500.

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