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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Puckett’s Among Inc. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Companies of 2014

Can you believe it?! A. Marshall Family Foods–which owns and operates our Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations, Puckett’s Boat House and GRAY’S on Main in Franklin–was recognized this month on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, y’all!

With 300-plus employees, our family-owned restaurants and hospitality venues have created more than 260 jobs over the past three years, a 450% level of growth that earned A. Marshall Family Foods the 978th spot on the list!

We’re incredibly grateful for the recognition, and Andy Marshall (he’s the owner of A. Marshall Family Foods) will be the first one to tell you we couldn’t have done it without y’all’s help and support:

“The Puckett’s family is honored to be included on a list as prestigious as this one. Of course, our success is really thanks to the community that supports us and the teams that manage and run the restaurants, helping uphold our good name.”

Other cool notables? A. Marshall Family Foods is Tennessee’s only top-20 honoree in the Food & Beverage category, and of the 80 Tennessee companies on the list, we had the 12th most growth and ninth most in the Nashville metro area.

“[A. Marshall Family Foods is] A family-owned restaurant business that offers live music in addition to a Southern food menu. It hires from within the community it serves when expanding its business,” reads the Inc. profile on the company.

Needless to say, Andy knows a little something about growing a business! A Tennessee native, he grew up in the grocery business. At age 26, he purchased his first grocery store—an investment that quickly led to four additional locations, and eventually the title of president of the Tennessee Grocers Association and the Piggly Wiggly Association.

Though the Puckett’s name started as a little country store 60 years ago in Williamson County, we’ve evolved into the popular restaurant and music venue serving you the same Southern favorites and great service since Andy took ownership in 1998.

“Each of our eateries upholds the tradition of quality food tied to our Tennessee roots, and a gathering spot for friends and family members to catch up relax, or business associates to make a deal,” says Andy. “It may be a birthday party or a songwriting session, but through it all, we want to maintain that feeling of sitting in your own kitchen.”

Profiles of the top 500 companies will appear in the September issue of Inc. magazine. For a full list of Inc. 5000 honorees, go here.

Andy Marshall, owner + Claire Marshall Crowell, director of operations

Andy Marshall, owner, and Claire Marshall Crowell, director of operations

Puckett’s Boat House Wine By The River

On Wednesday, August 20, Puckett’s Boat House is hosting another wine tasting event and you don’t want to miss it!

This event features the Opolo Petite Sirah, a big and bold red with rich flavors of black pepper and mint, and the Arturo Fuente best-selling Hemingway Short Story cigar.

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As you sample wine and cigars, you’ll also enjoy house-made paired hors d’oeuvres. Join us at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 a person. Call and make your reservations before it sells out! (615) 790-2309