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What is Cootie Brown's?

Cootie Brown’s is a locally owned restaurant offering an eclectic menu and fun atmosphere.

Our guests enjoy gourmet fire-roasted pizzas, authentic tamales, steaks, salads, and sandwiches.  Our Jamaican, New Orleans, Mexican, Italian, and American entrees have been delighting East Tennessee residents since we opened in 1999.  We have three locations, the original located in Johnson City on North Roan St, another on West State of Franklin Rd, and our third location in Bristol, TN.

Nearly all products are made by Cootie Brown’s in-house (with no MSG), including our sauces, spices, desserts, veggie burgers, pestos, dressings and the list does not stop there. Cootie Brown’s offers traditional favorites as well as our Cootie Brown's signature creations! We always offer healthier options and freshly made products. Tons of gluten-Free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available. In addition to mouth-watering, house-made desserts, our signature Key Lime Pie has become a regional favorite.


The Vella family opened Cootie Brown’s in January 1999. They renovated and transformed an existing building into a restaurant that can satisfy all of your senses.  Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google & Yelp!


Who is Cootie Brown?

Now, you’re probably wondering, "Who is Cootie Brown?" The answer to that question is simple. The Vellas' envisioned an exciting guy that traveled the world tasting and trying many different foods, so that he could create a unique and interesting dining experience that everyone would love.

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