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

Smokin’ On Food Network [Burgers, Brew & ‘Que]

Puckett's BBQ

Not too long ago, we hosted a crew of Food Network folks and one hilarious bald dude for a day of mac ‘n’ cheese, BBQ and brew.

We’re excited to say we can FINALLY spill the beans…. the filming was for Burgers, Brew & ‘Que, a new Food Network show hosted by Michael Symon (he’s awesome – and you know him from other Food Network stuff, like Iron Chef).

Now we want to make sure that our friends tune in to see us on primetime TV this Friday, August 14 at 9:30PM (central) for the “Sweet & Smokey” episode that follows Michael to Cleveland, Brooklyn and Nashville! As the show says: his last stop is “a barbecue institution in Nashville is giving creamy mac and cheese a juicy pulled pork kick to the diners’ delight.”

Don’t miss the tastiness August 14th…. be sure to let us know what you think on our Twitter (@Puckettsgrocery) with the #BurgersBrewQue hashtag!

MORE ABOUT BURGERS, BREWS & ‘QUE
Meat lovers, rejoice! Michael Symon is taking a summer road trip to taste the best of the American classics: burgers and barbecue. Whether it’s mouthwatering, mile-high cheeseburgers or slow-smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs, Michael is going to eat and meet his way through some of the best all-American spots to get your grub on. And what better way to wash it all down than with local beers and brews, sure to make any meal a perfect 10. So, get ready to get full, because you don’t want to miss the delicious flavors of Burgers, Brew & ‘Que.

Help Make A Difference (Beat the Heat)

Nashville's Mission H2O flyer

We’re excited to announce that Puckett’s 5th & Church is teaming up with the Nashville Rescue Mission during the month of August for Mission H2O! Starting August 1st, diners at our downtown Nashville location will have the option to add a donation to the total of their bill.

For every dollar given in the month of August, two water bottles will be donated to the Mission. AND – we’ve pledged to match all of the donations!

We all dread the sweltering heat that seems inevitable with summertime in Music City. But the Nashville homeless population dreads it more — and oftentimes, we don’t stop to think about how it effects them physically, mentally and emotionally. They are so exposed to all of the dangers that are associated with the high temps that we see during August–the hottest month of the year–like serious dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke.

To help combat this, the Mission sends out “Hot Patrol” teams when the temperature gets above 90 degrees to drive around town handing out water bottles and encouraging those without shelter to pay a visit to the Mission. The water bottles donated through Puckett’s would allow the Hot Patrol teams to increase the number of people they are able to help and positively impact this summer.

The Nashville Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless, and offers programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. They aim to give members of the community hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity. We’re so honored to be the only restaurant partnering with the Mission on this project, and we can’t wait to see what happens when members of the community band together to help out fellow Nashvillians.

So, make sure to come see us in August! Grab a bite to eat, add a dollar or two to your ticket, and help us spread some #PuckettsLove to such an important organization in our community.

Learn more about the Nashville Rescue Mission here.

Green Eggs and…Wine? Yes.

Puckett's Boat House UncorkedAh, sweet summertime. It’s almost impossible not to think of sunshine, swimming pools and gatherings around the grill. So, for next week’s edition of Puckett’s Boat House‘s Uncorked, we’re bringing the grill to you! And is there a better way to do that than with a Big Green Egg? No? Our thoughts exactly.

In addition to a demo on how to use the oh-so popular grilling sensation, we’ll be servin’ up a featured selection of wine + appetizer pairings (think open-flame favorites like burgers, steak and salmon filets). By the end of the night, not only will you be a sommelier of sorts but you’ll know exactly which wines are perfect for your next backyard BBQ!

Each month for Uncorked, we bring in experts from Moon Wine & Spirits so y’all can sip and swirl your way to learning all about the flavors and complexities of vino. Guests will sample five pours, light appetizers and the opportunity to ask the pros questions til your heart’s content (pssst, all that for just $20!). Get out there and spice up your Tuesday night before the summer’s over, y’all. It doesn’t get much better than good wine, delicious food and fun conversation with new friends!

Don’t forget to reserve your Uncorked spot at Wannado Local here: http://bit.ly/1TQMYQv. We can’t wait to see y’all get your grill + swirl on!

{P.S. and you can check out seafood grilling recipes on Big Green Egg’s website here.}

Photo by Big Green Egg

Photo by Big Green Egg

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Nashville Scene’s Burger Week: 5th & Church

You heard right, y’all: It’s officially #SceneBurgerWeek, and we’re serving up a special at Puckett’s 5th & Church you won’t want to miss!

As part of Burger Week, the Nashville Scene has teamed up with local restaurants around Music City to offer hungry diners delicious, one-of-a-kind burgers for just $5. From July 17-24, our 5th & Church location is offering our Puckett’s patty minis—but don’t be fooled by the name, our minis will satisfy even the hungriest of appetites.

Share with us a picture of you enjoying your meal + deal by using the hashtag #SceneBurgerWeek on Instagram and Twitter. And don’t forget to vote for us as your favorite Burger Week burger here!

Puckett’s 5th & Church Burger Week Patty Minis
We take our famous burger patties in a pint-sized package and serve ’em with cole slaw, barbecue pulled pork, baked beans, cheddar cheese, pickles and a drizzle of our finger-lickin’ barbecue ranch sauce. They might be minis, but these are no short order, y’all!

Photo by Instagram friend, @sschandler.

Photo by Instagram friend, @sschandler.