Puckett's Halloween

Dressing Up? Dessert Is On Us!

When witches go riding
And black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers
‘Tis near Halloween!

It’s almost Hallows’ Eve, y’all, and we’re getting excited for a night of tricks and treats, and to host the finest witches, ghosts, princes, princesses and more for dinner!

And for Halloween night only, dine in costume and your dessert’s on us. That’s right—just pull up the Puckett’s Weekly (here) and enjoy a free cobbler at any Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in downtown Franklin, downtown Chattanooga, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia or a free pie at Puckett’s Boat House.

For those of you who are too excited for an evening of trick or treating to even think about dinner, we’ll also be handing out candy at all locations throughout the night.

Happy ghouling!

Puckett’s x Bridgestone: Bringing BBQ to the Arena

Puckett's BBQ-plate-photo by Amy Whidby

We scored. Big time!

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant has teamed up with Bridgestone Arena ::: starting with the Nashville Predators’ opening weekend on October 8th, yours truly will be the exclusive BBQ restaurant in Bridgestone! Meaning that you can enjoy Puckett’s slow ‘n’ low cherrywood smoked meats — and homecooked sides too — while cheering the Preds to victory at every single home game (….or while at a Taylor Swift concert).

Yea, we’re excited too. Partnering with Bridgestone? Incredible — especially considering they’re the eighth busiest arena in the world. Partnering with the Preds? A dream for our family, who has long been supporters of the Preds and Bridgestone events.

Bridgestone, Puckett's, Nashville PredsSo how’d it all happen? Quickly! Bridgestone did a major overhaul of their food services, and wanted to bring more of “Nashville” into the building. Enter Puckett’s! With three concession stand sites and one mobile cart, you’ll be able to smell our goodness just about every way your head turns. Pssstt: don’t forget to tag #PuckettsxBridgestone when taking part in the feasting!

The Puckett’s x Bridgestone menu may rotate, but you can always order our pulled pork, brisket and pulled chicken sandwiches — smoked on-site, slow ‘n’ low over cherrywood with Puckett’s signature rubs and sauces. Plus, we’ll offer plates with our signature sides — think mac ‘n’ cheese, cole slaw and baked beans.

But that’s not all. How could it get any better than this?! THE MUSIC, people. Because it’s just as much engrained in our culture as the cookin. Not only will we provide all of the BBQ that you Preds fans will be eating at Bridgestone — that includes the suites and lounges, too — but we’re also bringing our music selections to the situation, every Golden Saturday!

A Puckett’s stage near the Nissan SoBro entrance (by Tavern 96 and The Wheelhouse) will host local artists for each Preds’ Saturday home game, usually around 5:30PM — musicians who will bring a true Puckett’s singer/songwriter show to Bridgestone, with original songs and lightning pickin’!

Both the Tavern 96 and The Wheelhouse will be open during the Puckett’s x Preds show with happy hour specials–the perfect opportunity for people to grab local brew as you enjoy the music before you whip those fang fingers out. We’ll keep you updated with the Puckett’s x Preds shows on our Nashville calendar here.

In the meantime, follow our Nashville Facebook page here (and the Preds’ page & Bridgestone page, too) for more updated info on the new consessions!

 

West Family Benefit

Columbia Comes Together For West Family Benefit Concert

One of our favorite things about the Columbia/Maury County community is the tight-knit bond these folks have and their willingness to support each other — and we’re proud to be a part of that. Showing those in our community a little #puckettslove is what we love most…. which is why we’re hosting the West Family Benefit Show featuring The Larson Family this Saturday, Sept. 19th at 8 p.m. in downtown Columbia!

All tips donated during the show will be given to the West ladies — a close, local family of three daughters and their mother who have happily lived on a self-sufficient homestead for the past 20 years.

Due to recent changes regarding the land they’ve lived on and loved for so long, the family was forced to move into a temporary housing arrangement for the time being. For that reason, our community is locking arms with the Wests in an effort to help them build a permanent home.

Blessed with a rich Southern musical heritage, Vicki and her daughters, Jasmine, Cecilia and Hannah, have been singing and playing music together for years with a blood harmony sound that’s reminiscent of old country and mountain music from days gone by.

The Larson family

The Larson family

When fellow musicians Don and Shelly Larson heard about the West ladies’ situation, they decided to kick things up a notch to help out. The couple, along with their four children Gracey, Amy, Emily and Zach, love to sing and perform acapella hymns, which is why they resolved to use their family’s gift of harmony to raise funds through a benefit concert at Puckett’s.

According to Shelly Larson, her family couldn’t help but get involved.

“As Christians, we strongly believe God gives you things to direct your path,” she said. “The West ladies are very good and loving women who do a lot of service in their community. When we decided to do the concert and were looking for a place to host it, everyone I talked to said Puckett’s was the best place in the whole world — the owner has such a spirit of giving about him, and Puckett’s comes with that reputation.”

This Saturday’s show will feature the Larson family, in addition to other local musicians and vocalists with no cover charge. Call us for reservations (931-490-4550), and help support your local community!

“People can do anything when they come together,” Shelly said. “So come out, do what you can and enjoy the evening!”

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Puckett’s Partners With WCCASA To Support Our Community’s Children

For the months of September and October, y’all come down to our downtown Franklin Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House to help us raise money and awareness for a very important organization making a difference right here in Franklin. Williamson County CASA (WCCASA) is a local nonprofit that advocates for abused or neglected children in the court system with a force of 80-plus volunteers to make sure that every child has a stable family to return home to each night.  

This year WCCASA is hosting the Third Annual Twice Daily Playhouse Raffle in which the community can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a professionally designed 60-square-foot playhouse. To do our part to support this great cause, we’ve partnered with WCCASA to sell raffle tickets in both restaurant locations up until the raffle winner is announced at downtown Franklin Pumpkinfest on Saturday, October 24!

But it gets better—we’ve decided to go one step further in helping out this great cause that we love here at Puckett’s. So, during the month of September, when you purchase one raffle ticket—normally $20—at Puckett’s in downtown Franklin or Puckett’s Boat House, we’ll pick up $10 for y’all, making your ticket only $10!

Be sure to come out to one of our Franklin locations, encourage your children to color in their dream playhouse on one of our WCCASA coloring pages and help us help WCCASA raise their goal of $40,000 and continue advocating for our children right here in Williamson County.

Learn more about WCCASA here.

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Puckett’s Chattanooga Announces The Big News!

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We honestly just can’t sit on this any longer……… we’re opening in downtown Chattanooga in just a few short days!!!!!!

Yes, you read that right.

This past fall, we announced Puckett’s first move out of Middle Tennessee with plans to open a location on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. After nearly a year of building rehabilitation and anticipation, our Puckett’s Gro. & Restuarant location on the Riverfront District is throwing open the doors for a public grand opening on Tuesday, September 1…and as you can tell, we’re pretty dang excited!

**Thank you to all our friends who have patiently waited for this opening, and encouraged us along the way. We have now seen the power of the Chattanooga community — and can say it’s something special! We can’t wait to start serving this town.**

This River City restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week–so you can always get your downhome cookin’ fix. We’ll also be hosting local musicians on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 9 p.m., with plans to extend the live music into weeknights in the near future.

With 6,750 square feet and more than 230 seats in the dining room and patio areas, this will be Puckett’s largest location to date!

Here’s what Max Stephenson, our longtime friend and general manager of the Chatt location, says about the Chattanooga launch:

“Puckett’s first priority is putting roots in the community, and that community is an important factor at each location. We’ve already seen Chattanooga’s response to that, and hope to continue to help drive the energy downtown! We think locals will enjoy our emphasis on an intimate and laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in your own home when eating a meal or listening to the music.”

Oh, and if you see folks already talking about their experience at Chattanooga, it’s because next week we’re also hosting a “soft launch” to help train our associates from August 24 through August 31. We’ll be quietly slinging biscuits and barbecue as we gear up for the public opening — feel free to join us, but know that the real Puckett’s experience won’t begin ’till September 1!

The Chattanooga restaurant hours (beginning Sept. 1) will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about the restaurant, go to www.puckettsgrocery.com… or followa long at www.facebook.com/puckettschattanooga!

If you’re still learning about Puckett’s, here’s real quick rundown of what you can expect: 

A Tennessee landmark with decades-old roots stretching back to the 1950s, we’ve built our name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples like classic meat-and-three items and our slow-smoked BBQ.  The Puckett’s menus boasts of our Tennessee heritage, with our own special spin on breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Morning favorites include sweet potato pancakes topped with pulled pork and a downhome take on the eggs Benedict; lunch highlights range from a fried green tomato B.L.T. to heavy helpings of meat-and-three classics; and popular dinner dishes include grits topped with blackened sautéed shrimp, Cajun fried chicken over a bed of hot waffles or grilled salmon brushed with a moonshine glaze.

Oh, and here’s something fun: in 2015, Puckett’s was named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country, according to a new book, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. The book recommends the ribs, which are ranked as one of the Top 10 in America. Puckett’s ambiance also made its own Top 10 list.

“We take our pride in authentic, home-cooked dishes and our barbecue. The secret to that is the 18-hour process, one that includes slow ‘n’ low cooking over cherry wood and a wrap that mimics the sous vide tradition,” says Andy Marshall, Puckett’s owner. “And when possible, Puckett’s always supports our local purveyors and farmers. We’re looking forward to establishing relationships with those people in the immediate area.”

And you can’t forget about the music here at Puckett’s! At our Nashville and Franklin locations, hundreds of the most talented artists have performed over the years, from Alan Jackson and Luke Bryan to Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. Many times, we get to see songwriters rise from its stage to the national arena–favorite artists like Chris Janson, who performed songs like his “Buy Me a Boat” single at Puckett’s before topping the charts.

“At Puckett’s, music is just as much ingrained in our culture as the cooking,” says Claire Marshall Crowell, our director of operations. “That’s really where we’ve built our name, and you can’t separate the music from the menu. We’ve seen that Chattanooga is a rising star in the music industry, and we can’t wait to tap into that.”

Those interested in playing on the Puckett’s stage can contact music@puckettsgrocery.com for more information.

See y’all real soon!

Copy of Puckett's drink shot -photo by Amy Whidby