Chandler’s Deli is really a soul-food cafeteria known for barbecue, fried chicken, greens, and of course hot sauce for everything. With his wife Gwen, Charles Chandler, above, opened the place in an old Pizza Hut building 13 years ago, and it was almost instantly popular with both the black and white communities of East Knoxville.

Photo by Shawn Poynter

Chandler’s Deli is really a soul-food cafeteria known for barbecue, fried chicken, greens, and of course hot sauce for everything. With his wife Gwen, Charles Chandler, above, opened the place in an old Pizza Hut building 13 years ago, and it was almost instantly popular with both the black and white communities of East Knoxville.

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