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!

Chattanooga River Place Patio

Chattanooga River Place Patio

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.

 

Third Thursday Tasting in Columbia

Why limit yourself when you can sample it all?

Join us for our Third Thursday Tasting on Oct. 16 from 5-8 p.m. and sip on some of our favorite red wines! It’s easy to stick with what you know but we’re willing to bet you’ll find a new, go-to after experiencing our tasting. Oh yeah, and did we mention it’s only $15? With an assortment of red wines, paired appetizers and good ‘ole Columbia company, we’d say that’s tough to beat. See y’all there!

 

Columbia Oct 2014- Red Wine tasting

Puckett’s Patios: Dog Days of Summer

This story appeared on the Nashville Originals website in September 2014.

Over are the dog days of summer. Those long, let-your-tongue-hang-out kinds of days and hot summer nights. The weather’s cooling off, the tree line’s changing hues and there’s something in the air that makes you want to sit on a patio and enjoy a great meal with the family—the whole family—right? Right?

We say goodbye to summer, but we welcome fall with open arms and empty stomachs. It’s time to enjoy the agreeable temperatures outside, and that means Rover, too!

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite dog-friendly patios and decks where you and your pooch can dine together (hint: Puckett’s patios are included!). See the full list here.

 

{B I G} News: Homestead Development In The Works!

That Andy Marshall just NEVER stops moving!

On the heels of earning a spot on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, A. Marshall Family Foods (that’s us y’all) has plans to expand business once again with the purchase of the ca. 1819 Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. Andy just recently announced to the world his intentions to develop the 50-acre property steeped in local history, with a spring 2015 timeline set for opening!

A little about Homestead history 
Homestead Manor was built by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Giddens, who started construction in 1799 on the home that would bear witness to the Civil War Battle of Thompson’s Station on March 5, 1863. Alice Thompson and other women in the community hid in the home’s basement as Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest led his cavalry across the property toward Union lines. Forrest’s famous horse, Roderick, was shot from beneath him during the battle and died not far from the home.

Andy’s plans for Homestead
Andy says he intends to honor the home’s historic significance in his plans with the property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, through education, awareness and enjoyment.

He’s laid the groundwork for the construction of a rustic-style event barn to be built on the south side of the 50-acre property—one that will reflect the horse barns that have become a part of the Thompson Station countryside. With plans to break ground on the project in Fall 2014, the barn will have a concert stage, small kitchen and be able to hold large receptions and other occasions.

Other objectives include bringing back the orchard that was originally on the property—which will be open to visitors and guests to pick from—and constructing an interpretive pavilion and walking trails behind the home with historic markers that tell the story of the battle and its significance to Tennessee and American history!

Also in the early stages are plans to plant a “country Italian” restaurant specializing in wood-fired pizzas and steaks inside the historic home. Andy says he intends to construct an authentic brick oven and Argentina grill off the kitchen, as well as a green house to grow fresh produce and herbs and an aquaponics system coupled with traditional organic farming on the acreage behind the home for a true farm-to-table dining experience. The basement will be transformed into a wine cellar with a chef’s table to host small groups during special occasions.

Diners will use the first and second floors and the second floor balcony, while the third story of the home will be constructed into a bachelors’ suite available to grooms and groomsmen before weddings. A bride and bridesmaid suite will be incorporated into a small guesthouse already located on the property.

Phew! How ’bout them apples? That’s enough excitement for one day… stay tuned for other thrilling details to come (or keep up on Homestead’s Facebook page here)!

Homestead Manor

Chef Carlos is Going to World Food Championship!

Proud papas over here y’all!

This past Saturday, our very own Chef Carlos (exec chef at Puckett’s Boat House) grabbed second place in the super regionals of the World Food Championship here in Nashville! He was recognized for a PBH favorite: these shrimp & grits hushpuppies.

The win earned him a spot at the national competition in Vegas in November 2014! Congratulations, Carlos! Stayed tuned for more details.

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