A Vol-Themed Restaurant in China? It Exists

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    (Photo via Jodie Miller on Facebook)

    The Tennessee Volunteers fanbase is one of the biggest college sports fanbases in existence. You can find Vol fans all across the United States and even in countries thousands of miles away from Knoxville.

    And there’s apparently a pretty big Vol fan who runs a restaurant all the way over near China’s eastern coastline.

    Jimmy’s Sports Bar and Restaurant is located in Nanjing, China. And as you can see from a picture shared on Facebook, the owner of the restaurant is a fan of the Big Orange. The photo above is from Jodie Miller, a graduate of the University of Tennessee who is on a trip to China with UT faculty members and students.

    From the restaurant’s Facebook page, you can see a few other Tennessee staples. The Power T makes an appearance two other times in the interior of the restaurant.

    (Photo via Jimmy’s Sports Bar and Restaurant’s Facebook)

    (Photo via Jimmy’s Sports Bar and Restaurant’s Facebook)

    And another picture from Miller shows the Tennessee state flag and a sign for the famous hard drink of choice by many Vol fans hanging up inside the bar area.

    (Photo via Jodie Miller on Facebook)

    According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the sports bar and restaurant first opened in 2006 and was just a small pizza delivery service at the time. One year later, they opened their first bar and restaurant, and two years later they relocated to their current location in Nanjing.

    Nanjing and Knoxville are separated by thousands of miles and a large expanse of ocean no matter which direction you take to get there. But the two cities have a special link thanks to Jimmy’s, and locals and visitors alike are greeted with Tennessee’s Power T whenever they eat there.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.