KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)-- With its checkerboard floor and memorabilia scattered all over the tables, it's a place that's All Vol all the time.
It's the Vol Market #3 . Number 2 and 1 are long gone, but it's still enough to keep Alan Frye a busy man.
It all started with his dad Norman Frye in 1963 now his son Alan runs it.
"I think my dad really liked dealing with people".
After Norman's death it became a two person operation with long time friend, Rich.
"I tell people all the time the foods good but the atmosphere, the people
in here that's the best part of it i think."
Just don't cross him he's packing heat where everybody can see it.
As for the food and drink Norman isn't far away. His namesake tea is a best seller at 30-50 gallons a day. Hot dogs are sold literally by the thousands.
And you never know who you'll see here. There's a copy of a cashed check from Todd Helton. Some are even like family like Dr. Tom Kim.
Everyday he makes his own sandwich.
"This is a peanut butter honey sandwich...it's peanut butter one side,honey and then one pickle, onion, tomato
and hot pickle...where did you learn that from...free clinic."
Despite the food and friendships there;s a sentimental side centered around Alan's tattoo and a reality show called "Small Town X".
"The guy was a fireman in New York City. He won $250,000 dollars and a Jeep Liberty and died the following
Tuesday in the World Trade Center."
The tattoo is in his honor. Friendships and food are what the world revolves around and Vol Market #3. Driving in your neighborhood I'm the Tennessee Traveler.
The Vol Market #3 is located at 3400 Western Avenue in Knoxville.