Labor day is one our favorite holidays, ’cause it marks the (okay, unofficial) start of oyster season! 

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Here at A. Marshall Family Foods, we love oysters all year ‘round, but it’s no secret that they’re most popular during the fall. If it’s been awhile since you’ve indulged, here’s a little pearl of wisdom: at Puckett’s Boat House, we source our oysters fresh daily from the Gulf Coast (which happens to also be one of our favorite places!) Our guests have eaten over half a million oysters at the Boat House, and one of ’em even contained 50 pearls! There is no better place in Franklin to get a taste of this seafood treat.

When we’re feeling traditional, we like to serve ‘em up raw on the half shell with a lemon and cocktail sauce. When we’re feeling spunky, we recommend trying ’em grilled and topped with asiago, bacon, and jalapeño; creamy spinach dip; or cajun herb and garlic butter. Can’t decide? Heck, order ’em all!

Oysters go great with bubbles, try them with a sparkling white wine to really complete the experience. We’ll see you soon, and if you find a pearl, don’t forget to tag us @puckettsboath to let us know!

Puckett’s Trolley Stop :: Floyd Stadium at MTSU!

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Beep Beep! We’ve got some news to share! Puckett’s Trolley — our mobile eatery — has partnered with MT Athletics to offer our down-home, Southern fare to Middle Tennessee State University football fans inside Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium this upcoming season!

“We are always seeking to add new elements to the fan experience at Blue Raiders athletic events,” said Zach Huston, business development manager for Blue Raider Sports Properties. “We’re delighted to feature a local, well-known brand like Puckett’s and are confident that the trolley’s presence will be a crowd-pleaser.”

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The Puckett’s Trolley concessions menu will include offerings like a “meat and two” plate — with our famous slow-smoked pulled pork or beef brisket as meat options — plus brisket nachos, smoked wings and Piggy Mac — a favored Puckett’s creation — among other bites. Affectionately named Ms. Trolley Parton, the red trolley will be stationed inside gates 3 and 4 at Floyd Stadium for all home games during the 2017 football season.

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Did y’all know Andy AND Claire are alumni of MTSU? Andy even played on the football team briefly, before getting sidelined due to an injury!

“Great food and football go hand in hand, and as MTSU alums we are passionate about enhancing the game day experience for our fellow Blue Raiders with the addition of Puckett’s Trolley,” Claire said.

The MTSU Blue Raiders will play Vanderbilt in the season opener tomorrow, September 2, at 7pm. What could be better than cheering on your favorite team while munching on your favorite Puckett’s foods? We’ll see y’all at Floyd Stadium!

Makin’ Tailgates Tastier :: Sauces & Spices Sale Starts Today!

Puckett’s is ready to help you make the most of tailgating season! From August 27 to September 23, our sauces, spices and rubs will be 2 for $6 in stores and online. What a hot deal!

While your favorite teams ramps up for football season, why not ramp up your BBQ game with this great deal on the delicious flavors that we use in our own restaurants! Pick two sauces or two spices (or one of each!) to cook up your best tailgating experience ever!

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We’ve shipped our products to 36 states and even to Canada, and we’re just dying to see how all you folks are using our flavors in your own kitchens. When you pick up this great deal at any Puckett’s Gro. and Restaurant location (or receive ’em in the mail), we want to see how you use them to make your tailgate the best ever! Snap a pic of your culinary creation, and tag us @puckettsgrocery when you post. Show off your favorite way to use Puckett’s flavors at home and we’ll repost our favorites!


Call us biased (nahhh!) but it’s like we always say: our restaurants are not only great places to eat, but they’re also GREAT places to work! With our company’s newest venture, Deacon’s New South, comin’ down the pike for late fall, we’re seeking energetic, friendly, talented folks to join our team more than ever. We love to train up our great employees and give them opportunities to grow (whether they stay at the same restaurant their whole career, or move around to one of our other locations!) and getting a foot in the door at one our existing concepts is a great place to start! (Click here for our current open positions.)

We sat down with three of our original team members who have been with us since the early days to share their favorite memories and sentiments about working for A. Marshall Family Foods. Claire Crowell, Pam Stringer and Doris Stringer started serving up Puckett’s favorites at the first Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Franklin and 11 years later, they’re still doin’ what they love and lovin’ what they do!

At A. Marshall Family Foods, we pride ourselves on being a family, one that extends across all locations and restaurants. In fact, Claire is the COO of A. Marshall Family Foods and Andy Marshall’s daughter. Pam and Doris are a mother/daughter duo who consider themselves honorary members of the Marshall family!

With Deacon’s New South on the way, there has never been a better time to join our team. Check out what Claire, Pam and Doris have to say about keepin’ it all in the (A. Marshall) family!



We are so proud to announce that A. Marshall Family Foods has earned recognition by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing companies for the fourth year in a row! Our family-owned, middle Tennessee restaurant and hospitality company — which began as a small local grocery store in the 1990s — has grown to now include eight restaurants, two ice cream shops and a food truck, with a ninth restaurant concept — a steakhouse called Deacon’s New South — opening later this fall.

“It is exciting and a great honor to be included on this list among so many industry greats and other private companies across the state and country,” said Andy Marshall, A. Marshall Family Foods’ CEO. “We’ve had some unbelievable opportunities to expand our brand throughout the years and are grateful to our team and customers for continuing to support our existing concepts and welcoming new ones.”

A. Marshall Foods has experienced a three-year revenue growth of 80 percent and has expanded from 437 employees in 2013 to 688 by the end of 2016! According to Inc., A. Marshall is the third fastest-growing company in the food and beverage industry in Tennessee.

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” said Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

In addition to Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations in Franklin, Nashville, Columbia, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, Tenn., Puckett’s Boat House and Puckett’s Trolley, A. Marshall Family Foods owns and operates four more restaurants and hospitality concepts in middle Tennessee. Homestead Manor, an antebellum property with its own restaurant, event venue and farm in Thompson’s Station, opened in 2015. Scout’s Pub in the Franklin community of Westhaven and Hattie Jane’s Creamery in downtown Columbia were opened in summer 2016, and a second Hattie Jane’s opened in March 2017 in Murfreesboro. This fall, Deacon’s New South — a modern, Southern steakhouse — will open in the historic L&C Tower at the corner of Church St. and 4th Ave. N. in downtown Nashville.

The full listing of the 2017 Inc. 5000 winners is available here.