It’s GO time! Puckett’s Murfreesboro Opens Today!

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Folks, the time has finally come! Nearly ten months after we announced plans to expand our portfolio of family-owned restaurants to the downtown Murfreesboro square, we will officially open the doors to Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant — located at 114 N. Church St. — today at 4:30 p.m.

The grand opening will feature a variety of special guests, including a welcome by representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, and — in true Puckett’s form — a live music performance.

“As with any grand opening, this is really a celebration for us,” said Andy Marshall, CEO of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. “We’re celebrating the expansion of our business, of course, but also we want it to be an opportunity to welcome the people of Murfreesboro and surrounding areas; to thank them for their support of us so far and to really begin to cultivate those relationships we’ve been privileged to forge in other communities.”

As is the case with any of our concept, community partnership and philanthropy is at the heart of it all. Customers who dine with us tonight will have the opportunity to add an additional dollar or more to their total bill, with donations benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, an organization that is near and dear to Andy Marshall’s heart. We will also donate 10% of this evening’s sales to the Club.

“We are very grateful to Puckett’s for pursuing a partnership with us and for including us in their grand opening,” said Michelle Clifford, Director of Marketing and Special Events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County. “It is clear they are committed to being active participants in our community, and we look forward to supporting them in return.”

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Children from the Boys & Girls Club look forward to Puckett’s Murfreesboro’s Grand Opening.

Leading the Puckett’s Murfreesboro team as General Manager and Front-of-House Manager are Autumn Friese and Cliff Marshall, respectively. The former General Manager of Puckett’s in downtown Nashville, Autumn received a ‘Stars of the Industry’ award for Restaurant Manager of the Year from the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association in 2016. Cliff is the son of restaurateur Andy Marshall and recently returned to Middle Tennessee after two years as a manager at Puckett’s in downtown Chattanooga.

“We build our teams intentionally and carefully, and Autumn and Cliff have proven themselves to be experienced leaders in our company,” Andy Marshall said. “We have every confidence that the restaurant will be driven to success in this new market under their management.”

The grand opening festivities will commence with live entertainment from The Jake Leg Stompers, a Rutherford-county based group who will bring an energetic performance of “pre-war roots music” to the Puckett’s stage at 6:30 p.m. Our regular schedule of live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights will begin on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Diners will also hear a few words from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County’s 2017 Youth of the Year — an annual award given to an exceptional teen member of each local Club who then goes on to compete on regional, state and national levels against other Clubs’ Youths of the Year. The Rutherford County winner will be selected at a ceremony this week and will deliver his or her speech that was given as part of the competition process on Puckett’s opening night.

Puckett’s is accepting reservations for its grand opening by phone at 629-201-6916, or online here. Our full menu of homemade Southern favorites — including its signature barbecue, smoked ‘low and slow’ for 18 hours over cherry wood — will be available from which to order, so come hungry, y’all!

For more information about Puckett’s and to view the menu, music schedule and more, visit us online!

 

The Big Game is almost here! Let us help you get ready

All great game-watching parties consist of football, friends, and of course, FOOD! And it’s not just any type of food that’s necessary for the Big Game — it’s finger food. Are we right, or are we right?

Now, you probably have big ideas of the spread you’re going to prepare for your guests, but we all know even the best of intentions don’t always work out. So, we’re makin’ it easy for you! Puckett’s Boat House is accepting to-go orders through Saturday for four homemade, tasty dips. Just give us a call at 615.790.2309 to place your order — your friends will thank you for letting the professionals handle it, and you’ll thank yourself that you didn’t attempt it on your own. We’re sure of it!

Choose from salmon dip, spinach dip, kickin’ crab dip or a pimento cheese ball with a toasted Cajun almond crust — each served with your choice of crackers, tortilla chips or pita chips. They are $20 each or three for $50.

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Salmon Dip

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Spinach Dip

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Kickin’ Crab Dip

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Pimento Cheese

There’s a Heat Wave in the Forecast! #HotChickenWeek

Feelin’ hot! hot! hot! (At least, our chicken is!) Starting Monday, January 23 until Sunday, January 29, we’re participating in the Nashville Scene‘s #HotChickenWeek by offering some of our best and hottest chicken sandwiches for just $5! Puckett’s 5th and Church, Puckett’s Franklin, Puckett’s Boat House and Scout’s Pub are all joining in the fun, so read on to see how they’re bringing the heat. Caution: you’re gonna have a hard time waiting ’til Monday to dig in to these deals!

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Puckett’s Gro. | Nashville & Franklin

A true “Nashville” tradition, the Music City hot chicken sandwich starts with buttermilk marinated chicken, battered, fried and tossed in our Nashville Hot Sauce. Served with Texas toast, pickle slices, coleslaw, this one’s got a little spice and we think it’s kind of nice!

 

 

 

Scouts Hot Chicken Special

 

 

Scout’s Pub | Franklin

Leave it to Scout’s to give theirs a little twist! They’re featuring a spicy battered chicken filet tossed in Buffalo Blue Cheese sauce and topped with jalapeño pickles and pickled red onion. We like the sound of that!

 

 

 

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Puckett’s Boat House | Franklin

Hot Chicken at the Boat House will have you begging for mercy! We coat fried chicken in our signature hot sauce and top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and our house made sweet and spicy pickle chips. How much heat can you handle?

Be sure to tag us in your photos using #HotChickenWeek and we just might show you some #puckettslove!

WHAT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: RESTAURANT WEEK 2017!

Being in the biz, we’re always lookin’ forward to Nashville Originals Restaurant Week so we can showcase the talents of our chefs and turn first-time visitors who want to #eatlikealocal into lifelong fans with our special, creative menus. This year is no exception and we think we really might have outdone ourselves this time, y’all!

Be sure to stop by one (or all!) of our restaurants this week, Monday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 22 and take some of these unique and limited-time dishes for a spin. Don’t forget to make reservations and by all means — take note of the menus’ suggested wine pairings!

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Available for both lunch and dinner, the Puckett’s 5th & Church menu is $25 per person and includes a three-course meal with a non-alcoholic drink. Start off with an appetizer of BBQ egg rolls, then choose between stuffed peppers, BBQ chicken enchiladas, or a steak quinoa power bowl for your entrée. For dessert, we’re servin’ sweet potato donuts. You heard that right! Make reservations here and be sure to check out our Facebook for more photos.

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Puckett’s Grocery, downtown Franklin
For $25, you’ll get an appetizer, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic drink for both lunch and dinner at our Puckett’s Gro. right off Main St. in Franklin. Pesto chicken salad served with bibb lettuce is the perfect starter before you make your selection of either smoked chicken casserole, roasted garden veggies, or smoked deer brisket and ravioli. Top it off with strawberry short waffles for dessert. Yum, yum, YUM! Reserve a table here, and see more photos on Facebook.

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Puckett’s Boat House, downtown Franklin
Boy, oh boy, is it going to be tough to decide what to order from the Boat House! Prices vary depending on which entrée you select, but each meal’s price includes a house salad or a cup of soup, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink, plus your choice of an entrée — Cajun fried chicken, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, mango glazed shrimp salad or a Cajun burger are your options! Of course, we’re accepting reservations at the Boat House too and you can check out more mouth-watering photos on Facebook.

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Wondering what our other restaurants are cookin’ up? Head on over to the Scout’s Pub and Homestead Manor websites to find out!

Behind the scenes: Unique Designs for Puckett’s Murfreesboro

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‘By hand, from the heart’ is the perfect way to describe the unique woodwork pieces constructed by Rustic River Creations, some of which will soon have a prominent home in our new Puckett’s Grocery in Murfreesboro. Whether it is a dining room table or a set of barn doors, each piece has its own history that Matt Akin and his family strive to preserve, and we enjoyed getting to chat with Matt about the meaning and background behind the company!

“History can get lost in translation sometimes,” Matt said. “It’s our goal to convey the stories behind each of our pieces so that families can talk about it and enjoy it.”

A few years ago, Matt and his brother Aaron found themselves out of college and working but unhappy. The brothers then decided to pursue family over profits and make their dream of building rustic wood pieces to sell to the public a reality.

“Our grandfather was a mechanic, and his shop was behind our house,” Matt said. “It sat vacant, so we transformed it into our workshop to honor him in that way.”

Just like that, Rustic River Creations was born in Chapel Hill, Tenn. Matt, Aaron, their father Mike and Matt’s brother-in-law Josh have now been in business together for two and a half years and are passionate about their mission to preserve the past. They spend an immense amount of time searching and designing from the elements around them.

“We are Godly men that believe things were put here for a reason,” said Matt. “We think it would be irresponsible to take trees down that don’t need to come down. We are in the business of preserving and making sure things get to see another lifetime.”

The groups sifts through lumber to find the right pieces for each particular project from many different places, such as an old log cabin. They draw inspiration from these antiquated materials and transform them into generational pieces that families can incorporate into their homes.

“Dad is the creative genius behind all of it,” Matt said. “He has a great sense of design and building.”

In fact, Matt and his brother began building with their dad at a young age.

“Our parents owned a convenience store, so we spent a ton of time helping out,” he said. “Dad started to get bored with that, so he built a wood shop in the back of the store, where we would build coffee tables and different pieces of furniture.”

In addition to benches and outdoor swinging beds, Matt says their most requested style now is a rustic industrial farmhouse table, utilizing reclaimed wood for tops and their signature metal bases at the bottom.

“We’re not in the mass producing game,” said Matt. “We can with 100 percent confidence say that each piece is unique. There’s not going to be another one like it. The character is different–from the wood grain to the knots.”

It was the farmhouse tables that caught the eye of Andy Marshall, owner of our family of restaurants and CEO of A. Marshall Family Foods.

“About four months ago, we were out doing a delivery and passed by Homestead, so we stopped in,” said Matt. “It is such a cool and unique location. We looked around and thought our styles would really mesh there.”

Their chance visit prompted the group to sign up for the Holiday Village at Homestead Manor last December, where they met Andy. He loved their work and asked if they would be interested in constructing 14 tables for the new Puckett’s Gro. in Murfreesboro. Matt and his crew enthusiastically said yes.

“Mr. Marshall is fantastic,” said Matt. “The tables will be an eclectic mix. They will be completely different and very cool.”

Rustic River Creations will build six tables in a rustic industrial style with pipe legs and distressed tops. The other will be more traditional restaurant style tables. The crew keeps their followers up-to-date on their project builds through their blog.

“We like to give people an inside look at what and how we are building in an effort to be 100 percent transparent.”

Although Rustic River Creations does not sell their work in any retail locations currently, they are working on a showroom at their shop, which will soon be open to the public.

Make sure to stop by the upcoming Murfreesboro location to check out the unique tables! Can’t wait that long? Head over to the Rustic River Creations blog to watch their progress and follow their social media accounts, @rusticrivercreations, for an inside look at all their projects!