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July 2016 - Connors Steak & Seafood ranked best steakhouse in Tennessee according to Foursquare. read more

November 2014 - Connor Concepts announces plans for the 4th Connors Steak & Seafood restaurant in Nashville, TN (Cool Springs Galleria). read more

March 7-13, 2012 - The Chop House® celebrates its 20th Anniversary in East TN with a special menu offering popular menu items at 1992 prices. read more

February 25, 2012 - Connors Steak & Seafood grand opening in Fort Myers, FL. read more

August 1, 2011 - Restaurant Business magazine has released “The Future 50” list of the fastest growing restaurant concepts in America with sales between $25 and $50 million, with Knoxville-based The Chop House® coming in at number nine. read more

Recent News

January 2017
The Chop House steakhouse rolling out online reservations (link)

November 2016
Connors Steak & Seafood named best steakhouse in Alabama (link)

August 2016
Connors Steak & Seafood named best steakhouse in Alabama (link)

July 2016
Foursquare ranks Connors Steak & Seafood Best Steak in Tennessee (link)

July 2016
Connors Steak & Seafood ranked 2nd most romantic restaurant in Alabama (link)

February 2016
Connors Steak & Seafood Opening in CoolSprings Galleria (link)

August 2015
Huntsville Connors named Alabama's best steakhouse by Business Insider (link)

July 2015
Business Insider: Connors Steak & Seafood Best Steak in Alabama (link)

November 2014
Connors Steak & Seafood Coming to Nashville (.pdf)

April 2012
Mike Connor Inducted into Junior Achievement Hall of Fame (.pdf)

April 2012
Estero Lifestyle (.pdf)

March 2012
WBIR coverage of the 20th Anniversary (link)

March 2012
Cityview Magazine "A Cut Above" (link)

February 2012
Knoxville Business Journal on Mike Connor (link)

September 2011
"HomeGrown: Mike Connor" on WBIR (video link)

September 2008
Augusta's Metro Spirit on The Chop House (.pdf)

January 2008
Huntsville Times review on Connors Steak & Seafood (.pdf)

February 2007
Southeast Food Service News (.pdf)

October 2006
Murfreesboro Magazine on The Chop House (.pdf)

November 2005
Knoxville Magazine on Mike Connor (.pdf)

July 2004
Farragut Press on Connors Steak & Seafood (link)

1990s
Additional articles and reviews (.pdf)

 

Awards & Accolades

2016
"Best 100 Steakhouses" Forbes.com, Connors Steak & Seafood (Knoxville, TN)

"Best Steakhouse in all 50 States" Business Insider, Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville, AL)

—“Best Steaks”, Mountain Press, Sevierville, TN (The Chop House)

—“Best Overall Restaurant” and "Best Steak", Knoxville News Sentinel, (The Chop House)

—“Best Steak”, Kingsport Times News, Kingsport (The Chop House)

2015
—The Taste of Huntsville "Best Entrée", Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville)

—Taste of the Town "Best Entrée" and "People's Choice", Connors Steak & Seafood (Fort Myers)

—“Best Overall Restaurant”, Taste of Hendersonville, Hendersonville, TN (The Chop House)

"Best Steakhouse in all 50 States" Business Insider, Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville, AL)

—“Best Steaks”, Mountain Press, Sevierville, TN (The Chop House)

—“Best Steak”, Kingsport Times News, Kingsport (The Chop House)

—“Outstanding Restaurant GM of the Year”, TN Hospitality Assoc., Joe Mays, Kingsport, TN (The Chop House)

2014
—“Best Entrée”, Taste of Stones River, Murfreesboro, TN (The Chop House)

—“Best Business Lunch”, Ruthie Awards, Murfreesboro, TN (The Chop House)

—“Favorite Place to Eat Steak”, Ruthie Awards, Murfreesboro, TN (The Chop House)

—“Best Special Occasion Place”, Knoxville News Sentinel, (The Chop House)

—“Best Steak”, Kingsport Times News, Kingsport (The Chop House)

2013
—Valley Planet "Best Steak", "Best Restaurant", "Best Special Occasions Restaurant"
Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville)

—Bo Connor awarded Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year

—“Best Entrée”, Taste of Stones River, Murfreesboro, TN (The Chop House)

—“Best Business Lunch”, Ruthie Awards, Murfreesboro, TN (The Chop House)

—“Best Steak”, Kingsport Times News, Kingsport (The Chop House)

2012
—Valley Planet "Best Steak", "Best Restaurant"
Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville)

—Coby Leach voted Restaurant General Manager of the Year in Knoxville and Tennessee (Chop House)

—Mike Connor inducted into the East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame

—“Best Steak”, Kingsport Times News, Kingsport (The Chop House)

2011
—Metro Pulse
"Best Steak" Category
The Chop House (Knoxville)
Connors Steak & Seafood (Knoxville)

—Valley Planet "Best Steak", "Best Restaurant"
Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville)

—The Taste of Huntsville "Best Entrée"
Connors Steak & Seafood (Huntsville)

2010
"Outstanding Restaurant GM of the Year”, Coby Leach, TN Hospitality Assoc., Knoxville, TN

2003
—Mike Connor awarded "Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year"

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