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(WBIR) Paula Deen is planning to add a bit more southern cooking to East Tennessee.

Her company announced Wednesday morning that it plans to open a new restaurant and retail operation at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

"Paula Deen's Family Kitchen" is scheduled to open in late summer 2014, according to a release.

The restaurant will be 20,000 square feet and has a projected design, construction, and yearly operation budget of nearly $20 million.

This isn't the first high profile business to set its sights recently on The Island in Pigeon Forge. According to its developer, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant and Margaritaville Island Hotel is currently under construction, and a Build-A-Bear Workshop is scheduled to open in late May.

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