Reduced prices, special promotions timed with 34th anniversary

On Sunday, May 1, Sweet P’s Downtown Dive invites all East Tennessee residents and visitors to celebrate the 34th anniversary of opening day for the 1982 World’s Fair. The restaurant is offering 1982 prices on certain menu items.

“Cherry Coke was introduced at the 1982 World’s Fair, so it makes perfect sense to reduce its price to 50 cents for the day,” said Chris Ford, founder and operator of Sweet P’s Barbeque. “We’re also offering Bud Light for $1 and Frito Pies for $2.”

Ford, who owns the trademark for the 1982 World’s Fair logo, also will award any customer who can complete a Rubik’s Cube in 15 minutes or less a $15 Sweet P’s gift card. Children also will receive vintage coloring books that were distributed free at the fair 34 years ago.

“I was 10 years old when the World’s Fair was here,” Ford said. “I never want Knoxville to forget this special part of our city’s history, which is why we commemorate the anniversary every year at the restaurant. We hope everyone will come downtown to celebrate like it’s 1982.”

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive is open from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, and is located at 410 W. Jackson Ave. For more information, call 865-281-1738.

About Sweet P’s Barbeque

Specializing in the art of smoked foods, Sweet P’s prides itself on doing things the right way in the tradition of its Southern heritage – slow and low. The menu is a fresh take on soul food classics and turns old favorites into Sweet P’s originals. Everything is made daily using fresh ingredients and the highest quality of meats. The company started as a catering business in 2005 and opened its first location in South Knoxville in the spring of 2009. The second location opened six years later in downtown Knoxville in 2015.