The following typed sign hangs on the glass front door of Green Hills Grille:
To all the family and friends of the Green Hills Grille,
It is a with a heavy heart that we must inform you that after 18 years of service we will be closing as of today. Over the past two decades, we have loved participating and serving this area. You have all been like family to us. Thank you all so much for the memories.
Sincerely, the Green Hills Grille Family
Located at 3805 Green Hills Village Drive, near Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Grille was founded in 1990 by Phil Hickey, a co-founder of Cooker restaurants. The original Santa Fe-style restaurant was located in the building that now houses Nero's Grille. In 1994, the restaurant was acquired by Applebee's International, along with Rio Bravo Cantinas.
Four years later, Abe Gustin Jr. and sons Greg Gustin and Guy Taylor acquired the brand under their Florida-based firm, Specialty Restaurant Development, which operated GHGs in Nashville and Knoxville. Both locations closed today.
No one could be reached at the Green Hills location, but an employee answering the phone in Knoxville said that he came into work this morning and learned that Specialty Restaurant Development had filed bankruptcy and closed both stores.