Puckett’s Downtown Columbia Invites YOU to Celebrate Inaugural Sign Lighting March 23

Y’all…. the day is (almost) finally here!

Our Puckett’s location on the Public Square in downtown Columbia is inviting YOU to help commemorate the inaugural lighting of our custom neon sign this Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m., and to get a taste of our Southern-inspired eats beforehand.

The sign, created for Puckett’s by the Columbia Neon Co., is set to become a new landmark on the Square. As our guest, you can tour the restaurant and event space beginning at 5 p.m., and the Puckett’s Trolley (affectionately nicknamed Ms. Trolley Parton by her fans!) will be on-site to provide complimentary samples of Puckett’s menu items. The Volunteer String Band will accompany the fare with pickin’ performances for y’all outside from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

And (drum roll, please)……….. we’re holding our GRAND OPENING Wednesday, March 27, and servin’ our first meal at 7 a.m. that day. The Maury County Chamber of Commerce will lead a ribbon cutting for us at 10:45 a.m. on March 27–we hope to see you there, too! For more information about the restaurant, go to www.puckettsgrocery.com or visit facebook.com/puckettscolumbia.

Who: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant

What: Puckett’s Downtown Columbia sign lighting

When: Saturday, March 23; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: 15 Public Square, Columbia, Tenn.

Cost: Free


About Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
With locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, the Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Ever since then, we’ve been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality.

When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember. For more information, go to www.puckettsgrocery.com.

Puckett’s Boat House Shrimp & Grits Hushpuppy Recipe

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than shrimp and grits…BAM! All the flavors that you love, rolled up and fried to crispy perfection into a single hushpuppy. I mean…come on! Here is the recipe, from our kitchen to yours. Share it with your friends and family, make it for some guests, but most of all- enjoy!

Shrimp & Grit Hushpuppies Recipe:

4 Cups Water

2 Cups Heavy Cream

3 Cups Grits

1/2 pound Butter

1 Tbl Salt

1 Tbl White Pepper

1 Tbl Chipolte Purée

1/2 Pound Shrimp Chopped

1 Tbl Green Onion (chopped)

11/2 Cup Whole Corn

1 Cup Diced Red Bell Pepper

1 Tbl Chopped Parsley

Put first 2 ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir in grits and simmer for 10 minutes. Slowly stir in the remaining ingredients. Once the shrimp turns pink pour the mixture onto a pan to cool. Once mixture is cooled prepare to fry. You will need plain flour, a few beaten eggs and yellow cornmeal. Using a small spoon or scoop, roll the mixture into small hushpuppy size balls. Dip into the flour, egg wash and then the cornmeal. At this time you can place them into a 365 degree fryer or skillet with oil. The Hushpuppies will fry for about 2:30 or until golden brown.

Burger of the Month Ingredients: The Titan

In Greek mythology, the titans were greater than even the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power. Well, the burger… that’s our universe.

Ok y’all — tell us you caught that adaption from Remember the Titans! In all seriousness, our culinary pros in the Puckett’s kitchen have created a pretty dadgum good burger, adequately named THE TITAN.  The Titan was a “Burger of the Month” a few months ago, and its loaded-with-everything characteristics caused us to attribute it to the great and powerful Greek gods (and our favorite football team, too!).

Here’s Puckett’s chef Keith West’s take on it:

“The Puckett’s burger is the number one selling item on our menu–because of that, we wanted a monthly outlet to feature burger ideas we come up with. For the first BOM, we wanted something that would appeal to all burger lovers (like myself!). A burger so big that napkins would be the side item. So I stacked two of my favorite burgers on top of one another. As people tried the burger, the remarks were: ‘now that is a Titan-sized burger!”

Because it was so delicious, we though it’d be selfish not to share with our friends! So here you go, our first “Burger of the Month” recipe post. The Puckett’s family promises your mouth will be watering before you even finish reading this recipe.

The Titan Burger Ingredients:

  • Start with a Brioche top bun
  • Layer with:
  • 1 tbl. mayo
  • Leaf lettuce
  • 2 tomato slices
  • Add one burger (we can’t give up our Puckett’s burger recipe y’all!)
  • Top with:
  • Pepper-jack cheese
  • Whip up some sautéed onions
  • Stack another Burger on there!
  • Top with 3 pickle slices
  • Melt a slice of cheddar cheese
  • Finish it off with 2 strips of bacon
  • and a Brioche top bun

Burger of the Month
Each month, Puckett’s chef Keith West creates a “Burger of the Month” to serve to our friends. It’s always quirky, it’s always carefully crafted and it always makes us lick our chops. We’re going to start sharing some of those exclusive recipes with you!

Puckett’s Franklin Hosting Whiskey and Bourbon Tasting March 6

Between Jack and George, there’s a rich whiskey legacy in our state. And Puckett’s is takin’ full advantage of that next week!

We’re holding our first-ever bourbon tasting Wednesday, March 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at our downtown Franklin location.

Here’s how it’ll go: we’ll guide our tasting participants through a sampling of six regional bourbon whiskeys, and a thorough explanation of each label’s origin, distilling method and taste. Each round will include a paired appetizer, especially created for the event by our kitchen!

“We’re going to dive into the roots of each whiskey bourbon, and really educate the guests on what they’re tasting,” said Ryan Dillon, one of our Franklin managers. “Bourbon is for slow sipping, and we’ll be doing a lot of that on Wednesday.”

In addition to Ryan’s instruction, we’re hosting special guest Mike Williams, proprietor of Collier and McKeel—the small-batch whiskey distilled in downtown Nashville. Mike will speak of his experiences creating the Tennessee whiskey, and what distinguishes Collier and McKeel from other brands and bourbons. Today, the company creates the only handcrafted, charcoal-mellowed whiskey made in Middle Tennessee.

The event cost is $30 per person. To reserve a spot, call 615-794-5527.

Who: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant

What: Puckett’s Tasting

When: Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: 120 Fourth Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: $30

More about Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
The restaurant’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Every since then, Puckett’s has been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality.

When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember. For more information, go to www.puckettsgrocery.com.

Puckett’s Holding Job Fair to Fill 70 Positions This Week

Hey y’all! As we near the completion of our two-story space in downtown Columbia, we’re holding a three-day job fair this week to fill more than 70 staff positions.

We’re hosting interviews at our new location at 15 Public Square on Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon and 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon and 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Available positions include managers, bartenders, servers, hosts, line cooks, bussers and dishwashers.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of the community, and we’re excited to see that enthusiasm carry over into our talent search this week,” says Director of Operations Claire Marshall Crowell. “We’re a family-owned business that focuses on treating customers like friends. We’ve been fortunate to find employees with a servant’s heart at our other locations, and we’ll be looking for personalities that fit the Puckett’s personality.”

The downtown Columbia location will be the flagship for Puckett’s Creamery, an ice cream shop that will offer hand-churned product next door to the restaurant. We”ll also house a second-story event center, which will accommodate up to 400 people.

This will be the fourth location for the Marshall family-owned Puckett’s family of restaurants (Puckett’s Boat House opened in Summer 2012), which also operates in downtown Franklin and downtown Nashville. The restaurant’s last job fair drew more than 700 candidates.

Puckett’s Columbia will begin serving food in mid-March. It will be open Thursday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday and Monday for breakfast and lunch.

Interested parties can download an application at www.puckettsgrocery.com/columbia. Applicants may bring a completed form to the interview, or fill one out on site. A copy of a photo I.D. is requested, and resumes are welcome.

For updates about its progress and more information about the restaurant, visit its Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/puckettscolumbia.