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The Peddler Steakhouse – Gatlinburg's Steakhouse Tradition

About Us


The Peddler SteakhouseThe Peddler has not only become a Gatlinburg dining tradition, it is literally built upon tradition. The building is the former home of Charles “Earl” Ogle, Sr., a fourth generation Gatlinburg merchant. In 1958, he and wife Beth constructed their dream home here on the banks of the Little Pigeon River from remnants of four old Sevier County cabins. Earl’s great grandfather, Noah Ogle, established the city’s first grocery store on the other end of town in 1850. That store was moved to a site near the confluence of Baskins Creek and the Little Pigeon River several years later by Earl’s grandfather Ephraim E. Ogle. Ephraim passed the store down to his son Charles A. Ogle and finally to Earl, who managed the landmark mercantile until it, and its adjoining vacation cottages, were replaced in the mid 1970s by the present Mountain Mall.

Steaks Sophisticated, Inc., the Tennessee franchisee for The Peddler Steakhouse chain acquired the cabin, renovated it, and opened it as a restaurant in 1976. In June 1978, Geoffrey Wolpert came to work at The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg as a management trainee. He became the general manager in January 1979 and acquired the popular eatery in 1985. Since then he has expanded its services, and continues to maintain its consistently unique quality. He opened The Park Grill, his second restaurant in Gatlinburg in July 1995.

The Peddler Steakhouse has established a long standing tradition of top quality food, service and atmosphere that people will go out of their way to return to often and tell their friends not to miss. Families have returned for generations, making the steakhouse their dining destination in the Smokies.


The Peddler serves the wholesome, flavorful food and naturally aged, never-frozen steaks grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal that guests from all over the world enjoy time and time again.

Our friendly team approach to service, based on putting our guest first, assures that our guests receive attentive and accommodating service that goes above and beyond their expectations.

The Peddler provides comfortable, intimate, natural surroundings that compliment our beautiful mountain setting at the entrance to our beloved Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The restaurant boasts a soothing view of the shimmering Little Pigeon River, where tables offer an exciting vantage point for a memorable dining experience.

“The perfect end to your day in the Smokies – as the tradition continues.”
– Geoffrey Wolpert Restaurants