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Welcome


Taste how the story started

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Welcome


Taste how the story started

 

Welcome, y’all!

Located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, The Bag Lady serves up the same great recipes that started it all for the First Lady of Southern Cooking. We make fresh, convenient meals just like Paula Deen and her sons did years ago with their very first business.

Guests can relax inside while watching the Island Show Fountains and enjoy a delicious sandwich or salad for lunch. And don’t forget to take home a slice of Ooey Gooey Butter Cake to-go for dessert, y’all! Join us at The Bag Lady, and taste how the story started.

 
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The Story


The Story behind the Lady

The Story


The Story behind the Lady

The Bag Lady

Celebrating the roots of Paula’s career, The Bag Lady is a tip of the hat to humble beginnings, family traditions and fresh, convenient meals. In June of 1989, Paula Deen started a business out of her own home, recruiting the help of her sons, Bobby and Jamie, and called it “The Bag Lady”. The business began as a lunch delivery service, and the Deen family served bag lunches to area business people in their offices around town in Savannah, Georgia. As the delivery and catering business expanded, The Bag Lady grew into a full service restaurant named The Lady in the Best Western Hotel.