Puckett’s Pride: Local & State Legislators Honor Andy with Official Resolution!

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This story was originally published in the Williamson Source on Monday, February 20, 2018, written by Donna Vissman.

Andy Marshall was named the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association’s 2017 Restaurateur of the Year at the organization’s annual “Stars of the Industry” gala event, held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. These prestigious awards honor those who have made notable contributions to the hospitality and tourism industry in Tennessee and demonstrate strong character, work ethic and leadership ability in their careers.

Last Friday afternoon, Representative Glen Casada along with County Mayor Rogers Anderson gathered at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in downtown Franklin to present Andy Marshall with a resolution honoring him for being named Restaurateur of the Year.

Watch a video of the presentation here

Swingin’, singin, and dining the night away :: We’ve got Valentine’s Plans for Everyone!

Grab your gal or call your fella, because our restaurants are putting on a exciting evening you won’t soon forget! Each of our locations is kickin’ it up a notch and offering you a little something out of the ordinary. We’ve got live music, exclusive menu specials, dancing lessons and more. But don’t forget to book your reservations ASAP, because we’d hate for you to miss out on all the fun! (Your significant other probably wouldn’t be too happy either 😉 .) Check out our individual events below!

Puckett’s Nashville
Nashville, you’re in for a treat! The Puckett’s stage is thrilled to host country duo The Young Fables, who have appeared with industry veterans Josh Turner, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, Randy Houser and more. (Keith Urban said they “had me immediately.”) The show runs from 7:30 – 9p with NO COVER charge! 🙌🏼  We’ll be serving our regular menu and a Valentine’s dinner special all evening. Call 615-770-2772 for reservations.

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Puckett’s Franklin
Franklin is proud to present dynamic singer-songwriter Mo Pitney, a multi-talented musician whose past performance venues include the Grand Ole Opry. Pitney performs from 7:30 – 9p, and we’re offering our regular menu along with a Valentine’s dinner special. You don’t have to pay a cover charge, but you will want to call 615-794-5527 for reservations!

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Puckett’s Columbia
What says “Valentine’s Day” more than roses and chocolates? At Columbia, every single guest will receive a rose and a chocolate-covered cherry for dessert 🌹 🍫 🍒 . We’re serving the regular menu with specials available after 5p, including the following:

  • Blackened ahi tuna with a whiskey glaze, grilled asparagus and rice pilaf ($25)
  • Hanger steak with chimichurri sauce, baked potato and steamed broccoli ($31)
  • Chocolate cheesecake ($6)

Last but not least, guests will enjoy live music from acclaimed local artist Hobo Cane from 7:30 – 9p. Call 931-490-4550 for reservations.

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Puckett’s Columbia is also hosting a “Swing, Dance and Dinner” event on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6 – 9p. For $20 per person, each guest will get a professional mini swing dance lesson with his or her partner before twirling the night away with tunes from local Columbia DJ AMP! Tickets include small bites of Puckett’s sliders, pico de gallo and spinach dip with chips, a complimentary glass of champagne and access to a cash bar! (Guests must be 21+ to attend.) Purchase your tickets here!

Puckett’s Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro, we’re giving you two parties in one! 🎉 🎉  We’re combining the restaurant’s one year anniversary with Valentine’s Day for an extra-special night out. Matt Marinchick will perform live music with the theme “‘90s Country Love Songs” from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the restaurant will offer a photo booth throughout the night for couples to document the exciting evening. The restaurant’s chef will prepare an off-the-menu special, and each table will receive complimentary chocolates. We recommend you make reservations by calling 629-201-6916, and check out the event on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/puckettsmurfreesboro!

Puckett’s Boat House
Boat House guests, you get to enjoy dinner and a show featuring Blair’s West, a singer-songwriter duo who also happen to be real-life husband and wife! 👫 The show begins at 7p, and we’ll be serving the regular Boat House menu and a Valentine’s special. But that’s not all! All bottles and wines by the glass will be half-priced. (Cheers to that! 🍷 ) Call 615-790-2309 to secure your reservation.

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Scout’s Pub
No worries if you’re flying solo this Valentine’s! Scout’s is building a special ‘80s-themed playlist that will remind you that ALL love stories don’t have a sappy-sweet ending…  😏 (Think Bon Jovi, Heart, maybe a little Phil Collins if you’re lucky!) We’ll offer our regular menu, a few chef’s specials and several deals on drinks:

  • $2 off all house & specialty cocktails
  • $2 off wine by the glass
  • $1 off all drafts from 4p until close

Make your reservations by calling 615-721-5993.

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Homestead Manor
Homestead Manor is offering its brand new menu (launched Feb. 7) alongside a few chef-curated features, including Kusshi oysters on the half shell with a blood orange and champagne mignonette ($3.50 ea.); pan-seared halibut with winter mole, grilled radicchio and roasted pumpkin seeds ($28); grilled lamb chop with a cherry merlot reduction, charred Brussels and forbidden rice ($34); bittersweet chocolate tart with whipped mascarpone, sea salt and blood orange marmalade ($10). YUM! Call 615-538-6113 for reservations.

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Kathie Lee & Hoda approve! Co-hosts enjoy Hattie Jane’s Unicorn Hot Chocolate on NBC’s “Today Show”

It’s been a magical week for our sister store, Hattie Jane’s Creamery! On Jan. 31, the ice cream and coffee shop’s pastry chef Lokelani Alabanza flew all the way to New York City, as Hattie Jane’s Unicorn Hot Chocolate made a national debut on NBC’S “Today Show” with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

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“Everyone’s talking about these!” Hoda said when the co-hosts received their drinks. “Oh, that looks so good.”

Chef Lokelani prepared the drinks in the Today kitchen prior to the show’s popular “fourth hour,” hosted by the two ladies.The drink consists of a “magical” white chocolate mix topped with rainbow marshmallows, swirly vanilla whipped cream, colorful sprinkles and an upside-down waffle cone (to serve as the unicorn’s horn).

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Kathie Lee noted that the Unicorn Hot Chocolate came from Hattie Jane’s Creamery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, adding that she and Hoda “love it there.” We let them know they have an open invitation whenever they’d like to come back!

After sharing more about the drink’s ingredients, Kathie Lee asked Hoda how it tasted.

“Delish,” Hoda said as she dipped the waffle cone into her hot chocolate, adding, “It’s got flecks of gold!”

The two continued to marvel over the drink’s taste, as well as its edible gold toppings. 

“Thank you very, very much,” Kathie Lee said. “That’s so sweet.”

A. Marshall COO Claire Crowell traveled alongside Lokelani to the “Today Show” studio, and she said it was a wonderful experience.

“We have had so much fun with our unicorn hot chocolate and are thrilled to share it with a national audience,” Claire said. “Lokelani and the Hattie Jane’s team are constantly working to produce innovative culinary creations, and the A. Marshall Hospitality family is incredibly proud of them.”

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TODAY.com posted the recipe for the Unicorn Hot Chocolate, which is available at both Hattie Jane’s Creamery locations throughout the winter season for $5 each. If you need an extra boost, try a “dirty unicorn” with a shot of espresso on the side!

For more information, visit hattiejanescreamery.com or follow Hattie Jane’s on Instagram and Facebook @hattiejanescreamery, or on Twitter @hattiejanes.

Puckett’s Boat House Welcomes Mike Greene as GM!

There’s some exciting stuff happening in downtown Franklin! Restaurant industry veteran and Nashville native Mike Greene has joined the Puckett’s Boat House team as General Manager. Mike brings nearly 30 years of Southern culinary expertise to the Boat House and always comes in with a smile on his face!

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Mike’s background includes extensive restaurant managerial experiences, along with a lifelong passion for sharing food and fellowship.

“I’m from Nashville, and I come from a family of fantastic cooks,” he said, adding that he essentially grew up in the kitchen.

Mike studied English literature in college with plans to become a teacher or a lawyer, but he always held side jobs at restaurants and cafeterias. While working at the regional wholesale bakery Mama Turney’s Pies, he finally reached the realization that he loved the food industry enough to make it his full-time career.

Mike first gained managerial experience at Ruby Tuesday’s, O’Charleys and Olive Garden, but he ultimately wanted to work at a local restaurant where he could be a part of a family-like atmosphere. At A. Marshall Hospitality, he found exactly that. He joined the company in 2016, training at Puckett’s Nashville and then serving as the front of house manager for Puckett’s Boat House.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to present my ideas to management,” Mike said. “They’re very approachable, and they want to hear what I have to say.”

Mike is already collaborating with the Boat House staff to try out potential new menu items, such as the popular flat-iron steak entree that debuted during Nashville Restaurant Week. He also hopes to encourage customers to explore the menu in its full variety, including specialty soups and sandwiches for the winter season. However, his favorite aspect restaurant management does not involve food, but people.

“I love meeting new people, talking to our guests and making them feel at home,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what is important.”

Claire Crowell, our company’s COO, said that promoting Mike to general manager was an easy decision.

“Mike is smart, ambitious and talented, but most of all, he brings joy to everyone on our team,” Crowell said. “His smile is contagious, and he has a strong creative energy. I can’t wait to see how he leads the Boat House in 2018.”

Make sure to say hi to Mike next time you bring your Southern seafood cravings to the Boat House! We’re so glad to have him as a leader!

Puckett’s Table of Wisdom

Here’s an oldie but a goodie #repost for y’all! We love sharing this story about Puckett’s Table of Wisdom written by Jan (a.k.a. Momma Marshall) herself! You may recognize these folks from our popular Table of Wisdom t-shirt that can often be spotted around town worn by our longtime customers and friends. This tale harkens back to the Leiper’s Fork days, but five locations later, the traditions, friendships and sense of community that have formed around the Puckett’s table throughout the years still ring true today. Thanks for stopping by!

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We live and work in an area that is unique for sure.  Some of the nation’s top music producers, artists, and writers call this place home…whether in Franklin, Leiper’s Fork, Nashville, Chattanooga, Columbia or Murfreesboro! Celebrities are special in their own way, but just as famous in some of these parts are our local heroes, Goose, Gatlin, Bruce, Larry and more.

Bruce, Goose, and Gatlin are the heart of Leiper’s Fork, and the kings of our “Table of Wisdom.” You can see pictures of them on the back of all of our Puckett’s t-shirts. Many people ask me if these guys are real or just contrived façade, modeling for the shirts. They are certainly real, and I’m honored to call them friends.

Goose

Goose

Goose (also known as Mike) is Leiper’s Fork’s unofficial mayor. He knows every corner around southwest Williamson County, and just about everyone. Goose got his name because as a child, he bought a goose in downtown Franklin. He wanted it so badly that he carried it up Main Street, and hid it in the back of his dad’s car. It honked all the way home! Goose attends some of Nashville’s best parties with the most influential celebrities. He is the emcee of the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade, which brings in onlookers by the thousands. However, most days you can find Goose at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork helping out anyone at any given time. If you need directions, home improvement or fending off the paparazzi, Goose is always ready to serve.

Gatlin

Gatlin

Gatlin is the town organizer and electrician extraordinaire. I’ve seen him put cable wire where no man should go.  Whether it’s running electricity up a field for the village Christmas tree, or making sure the corn hole competition is well lit, he’s the man. He’s there to be sure the party, parade or chili cook off is running on all cylinders; and Leiper’s Fork gatherings are no ordinary shindigs. When the press shows up for interviews of these events, you’ll not see Gatlin in the limelight, but…knowing him, he likes it that way. Tough on the outside, Gatlin is all soft when it comes to people in need. He’s right there to organize a fundraiser, or repair a home damaged by weather or tragedy. Without second thought, he’s the go to guy.

Bruce

Bruce

Bruce is the real King around here. A retired advertising executive, he and his lovely wife, Marty, have been the official greeters and organizers of the village of Leiper’s Fork for years. They owned and operated Leiper’s Fork Antiques when Andy and I bought Puckett’s over a decade ago, Bruce was the guy that Andy went to for any questions that a new business in town would want to ask. He is always kind, always clever, and ever so creative. Quite the sleuth that he is, Bruce helped us with the great fern caper at Puckett’s years ago. We had someone stealing our ferns outside of Puckett’s, and Bruce put hidden cameras in and around the whole area. The lady was caught and turned into authorities. It reminded me of “Mayberry.”

This area is full of people that want to help. We can’t have Christmas lights, clean buildings or movies in the park without Larry and his brother Mike. And of course, whether its weddings, funerals or parties, my own husband, Andy, is always there at the ready to make the moments complete with his amazing Southern food. It’s Southern charm for sure around here, and I’m all the more blessed for it.