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Cocktail Contest: You’re The Bartender!

We’re starting something new in 2015, and we’re super excited about it…. now you will be the ones to choose our Drink of the Month each go ’round!

Here’s how this is going to work: every month, the individual teams at our Puckett’s Restaurant locations (that’s downtown Nashville, Franklin and Columbia) will come up with a creative cocktail recipe that is unique to their bar. We’ll snap photos of each libation, and then post them our social media accounts–without revealing the mixologist behind the drinks!

The cocktail that gets the most collective votes across all Facebook pages will be Puckett’s Drink of the Month winner, served up for our patrons to sip in our three towns!

We can’t tell you which team made what, ’cause that’d be cheating. Our bartenders get pretty competitive… this is going to be fun to watch.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our social media links to get to voting, and be sure to check back each month to see what we’ve whipped up. Cheers y’all!

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You’re Invited: Celebratin’ 10 Years With A Roast With A Toast!

e-Andy-Roast-Art-topWe’re inviting all friends, family and customers of Puckett’s Restaurant to help us celebrate 10 wonderful years in downtown Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 18 with a special night of throwback menu items, live music—and a roast of Andy Marshall, owner of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu of Puckett’s classics that y’all will remember from the early days: baked tilapia with pecan and tomato sauce, smoked baby back ribs, chicken ambassador, peach cobbler, cinnamon roll bread pudding and chocolate chess pie. YUM

Once supper is served, we’ll be turnin’ the tables on owner Andy Marshall as he—the king of BBQ and of ribbing—will be the one roasted, with a bit of toasting included, too. Speakers will include a lineup of notable community members, from U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Commissioner of Transpiration John Schroer to Williamson County and Franklin Mayors Rogers Anderson and Ken Moore, respectively.

The lively evening will be emceed by Harry Chapman, and will conclude with performances by songwriters who’ve played at Puckett’s for years.

Tickets are $100 and include supper and the show. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County’s initiative to restore the Old, Old Jail. Marshall is a Heritage Foundation board member. To purchase tickets, give us a call at 615.794.5527.

See y’all there!

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That’s What Thanksgiving’s All About

Thanksgiving is about celebrating the past year’s blessin’s around a familial table, not stressin’ in the kitchen preparing a traditional meal, and that’s why our Franklin, Columbia and Nashville locations are offering extensive take-out and dine-in options this holiday season, y’all!

Those of you weary of preparing a whole feast on your own can rejoice! Pick up the phone and order from our extensive holiday to-go menus tailored for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, with options such as whole turkeys roasted, smoked or fried; smoked buffet hams slow-cooked in the Puckett’s famous smoker; cherry-smoked pulled pork; smoked racks of baby back ribs; and more.

The Southern-style sides are also just as likely to be the center of attention on your Thanksgiving table as the turkey, with Puckett’s specialties like our finger lickin’-good casseroles—green bean, squash, broccoli and rice, and sweet potato are favorites—available by the quart or half-pan, along with freshly baked yeast rolls and more. To sweeten the deal, we’re also offering our famous homemade pies and cobblers.

And you know you can look forward to those same made-from-scratch dishes you enjoy at the Franklin, Columbia and Nashville stores year ‘round. Our owner Andy Marshall says that many of the classics are old family recipes that have been handed down over the years.

“Most of these dishes—like the cornbread dressing and giblet gravy, the corn pudding and others—have been passed down from the Marshall family Thanksgiving table,” he says. “It made sense that we would share them on the Puckett’s table as well.”

In addition to the take-out options, Franklin, Columbia and Nashville locations will be open Thanksgiving Day—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Franklin & Columbia and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nashville—for y’all to enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with all the traditional fixings: sliced turkey, honey smoked ham, fried chicken and pulled pork, and all of the famous Puckett’s sides with fresh-baked pie to top it all off.

We open our doors every Turkey Day because that’s what Thanksgiving is about—the spirit of community and family.

“This time of year is about spending time with family, and we consider our neighbors and customers an extension of that,” Andy says. “Thanksgiving is a holiday we look forward to each year, to share a home-cooked meal with our loved ones, and we’re excited to continue the tradition for another season.”

When the Marshalls first took ownership of the original Puckett’s, Andy would wake up every morning before sunrise to slow smoke his award-winning barbecue. Come Thanksgiving, whole turkeys would take the place of pork butts in the smoker, and it became a tradition for the whole family to pitch in. For them, Thanksgiving holds nostalgic memories of serving the community.

“We’ve opened our doors and invited our guests in for a full ‘turkey with all the trimmings’ dinner since our first season with Puckett’s. Our family has some great memories all pitching in to prepare the holiday orders, and it’s become a tradition for us,” he says. “Thanksgiving’s not always about spending hours in a kitchen cooking the holiday meal; it’s about time with family and appreciating each other. We want to give people back that time.”

For those of y’all looking for more non-traditional dishes, Puckett’s Boat House—our more coastal restaurant in downtown Franklin, serving Gulf classics with that same Puckett’s twist—is also offering a holiday to-go menu. Choose from coast-inspired options such as oyster dressing, seafood lasagna, fried cabbage, pineapple casserole and more. Head over to the Puckett’s Boat House website at www.puckettsboathouse.com for more details.

For our Nashville, Franklin and Columbia to-go dinner menus, pricing and ordering instructions, visit www.puckettsgrocery.com.

The all-inclusive Thanksgiving buffet is $25, and $12.99 for those kiddos 12 and under. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made on our website or by giving us a call at 931-490-4550 [Columbia] 615-794-5527 [Franklin] and 615-770-2772 [Nashville].

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We’re Comin For Ya Chattanooga!

 

We’re ecstatic to announce that Puckett’s Restaurant is putting down roots in Chattanooga’s Riverfront District!

The Puckett’s story extends back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Now, our locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, respectively, are known for slow-smoked barbecue and other Southern staples for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with live music most nights. The downtown Chattanooga Puckett’s will be located at 2 Broad Street, overlooking the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, and is working toward a Spring 2015 opening!

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Puckett’s Owner Andy Marshall says his family has always felt at home in Chattanooga, having visited the city for everything from high school sports tournaments to family vacations.

“We absolutely love Chattanooga and have admired the progressive downtown market for some time now. Working with the staff of the River City Company, we feel we’ve found the perfect location,” Marshall said. “The entire district is full of life, with plenty to see and do and a very strong independent restaurant scene. We’re looking forward to being a part of it all.”

Economic development officials have courted Puckett’s for a few years now, according to River City Company Retail Recruiter Blair Mard, who works with prospective tenants as part of the non-profit organization’s partnership with the City of Chattanooga. Mard says the Riverfront District’s proximity to the Aquarium’s ticket office, the IMAX Theatre and other downtown landmarks make it a prime location for a restaurant like Puckett’s.

The 6,750 square-foot first floor will house the eatery, with a large patio adjoining the Plaza. Former Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey serves as Managing General Partner for River Place, LP, the building’s ownership entity. Kinsey says the Puckett’s brand is precisely what the area needs.

“So much has changed since 1993 when the building first opened. We were looking for the best possible option for visitors and locals alike, and Puckett’s is a proven winner in the Nashville market,” Kinsey said. “We’re fortunate to have such a highly regarded regional restaurant expanding into our city. From an economic development standpoint, this is another key driver of both tourism and employment for our downtown core.”

Marshall’s company, A. Marshall Family Foods, was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies earlier this year, and the Puckett’s restaurants have been recognized in local communities for everything from best barbecue and meat and three to best live music venue and best place to work. The restaurant will employ approximately 70 associates in Chattanooga.

 

Puckett’s Boat House Is Showing Teachers Our Love This February

Puckett’s Boat House wants to send a little extra love to our local teachers and faculty members at both public and private schools during the entire month of February: If you work in a Williamson County school, come by and receive a 10 percent discount on your meal!

The community has done so much to support our family of restaurants, and we wanted to show a little appreciation in return to those teachers responsible for shaping future generations.

With the exception of Valentine’s Day, this offer lasts from February 1 through February 28. Please present your school identification to receive the discount (which excludes alcohol).

There’s no catch y’all, just a big THANK YOU for all you do! Hope to see you soon.

Puckett’s Boat House is located at 94 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tenn.

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