KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--This isn't a local mess hall or canteen. It's a new concept called Gyrene burgers. Owner Rob Wynkoop is a former Marine Lieutenant.
"Gyrene is a cross betweenGI and Marine," he says.
It's pronounced "Jih-rene."
Lieutenant Wynkoop connected with former Domino's Pizza king Tom Monahan to open the first franchise if its kind on the Cumberland Strip.
It's Monahan's way to empower vets to become entrepreneurs, taking military skills to the workplace.
"You won't find any pink slime in our burgers each burger is doubled pattied, so all our burgers are double bacon cheeseburgers," says Wynkoop.
And the theme adds its own spice to the menu.
"We have a special seasoning called gunpowder," Winkoop says.
This is the first Gyrene burger to offer in-store dining. In a media release, the company said this location is "a shift from the previous delivery only corporate store models."
"Burgers are a lot faster to cook than pizza.So we feel we're going to revolutionize delivery because we're so much faster. Right now the average delivery times are under 10 minutes in our delivery radius, that's 10 minutes from the time you call to the time your food is delivered to your door. That's faster than people can put their shoes on, drive down to the place and find a place to park."
On this trip, it took about 7 minutes to make it to the destination.
A big OORAH for Gyrene, helping our nation's heroes get back into the workforce.
Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler.
For more information you can find Gyrene at http://www.gyreneburger.com/