Who Are We & What is Our Purpose?
At Brown Bag, we’re committed to serving delicious, healthy food at reasonable prices every day. Whether you’re eating at one of our two locations, picking up some of our bulk items or having a catered meal delivered to your home or office, you’ll experience friendly, fast service and delicious food made with the freshest ingredients.
Our desire is to serve customers, partners and the community in a way that reflects the love of Jesus Christ. We see our work as an opportunity to express His love to those we encounter through our actions, attitude and service, and we seek to honor Him in the way we do business.
How Brown Bag Began
Brown Bag began six years ago as a simple catering business started by Peter Brown. A manager at Qdoba, Brown noticed a gap in the catering market — No one was serving simple, healthy meals at a reasonable price. If you wanted an affordable catered meal, you were often left with pre-made sandwiches and bags of chips. Peter decided that he was going to create a catering menu that was simple but delicious and incredibly well done.
Peter started in his home kitchen, eventually moved to his detached garage, and in 2011, made the transition to Brown Bag’s first location off of Hardin Valley road. After several months, Peter decided to take advantage of the space and opened up the restaurant, which would dish out catering orders throughout the day and serve food to customers who came in daily for lunch. The business grew organically, grounded in great relationships, a lot of hustle and delivery of exceptional customer service, some of the hallmarks of Brown Bag as a company.
Former professional golfer Matt Mincer joined Peter as a co-owner in 2013, and Brown Bag continued to grow. In 2014, the two decided it was time to open up a second location in downtown Knoxville, which came to fruition in July of 2014.
For the past six years, Brown Bag has been delivering simple but delicious and healthy food to the city of Knoxville, seeking to build relationships in the community and provide excellent customer service.