Andy's Frozen Custard is coming to Knoxville after a challenge to its drive-thru

Andy's Frozen Custard is coming to Kingston Pike in Bearden.
Andy's Frozen Custard is coming to Kingston Pike in Bearden.

Andy's Frozen Custard is opening its first location in Knoxville. A zoning appeal made the process take a little longer than usual, but the chain should be coming soon to Kingston Pike.

The Knoxville Planning Commission originally allowed Andy's to build at 6217 Kingston Pike, including a special use application for a drive-thru. But that decision was appealed by a veterinary clinic next door.

Representatives for the clinic cited traffic congestion, limited space and a heavy volume of customers as reasons why they didn't want the drive-thru so close.

But on Tuesday night, the City Council rejected the appeal.

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Andy's Frozen Custard franchisee Thomas Gass agreed to change parts of the restaurant's plan, including removing three parking spaces and moving a dumpster in order to allow for more room.

Missouri-based Andy's is known for its fresh custard, which is denser than ice cream. Chocolate and vanilla flavors are served in cones in cups, customized with tons of toppings, or spun into shakes, malts and concretes. Seasonal flavors rotate in and out.

The restaurant serves walk-up and drive-thru customers and is open year-round. There are several locations in Middle Tennessee and one in Sevierville.

This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Andy's Frozen Custard is opening in Knoxville on Kingston Pike