Puckett’s Boat House Adds Wine Bar & Cigar Patio to Restaurant’s Riverside

BoatHouseWineBarOur own Puckett’s Boat House is adding a wine bar to its riverside in downtown Franklin, transforming the “Bait Shop” into a space that offers an extensive list of hard-to-find wines and high-end boutique spirits.

We hope y’all will join us this Wednesday, May 21 as the Boat House Wine Bar officially opens its doors to the public with a grand opening event from 6-8 p.m. that includes half-off all wine.

The Boat House Wine Bar exudes an authentic French Quarter café experience, incorporating a rustic dark wood bar, black and white classic hex tile floors, and vintage Creole-themed décor to set a more mysterious ambiance than its neighboring seafood eatery. The terrace, overlooking the Harpeth River, will serve as a cigar patio and lounge.

In addition to gourmet coffee and sweet treats, the newly renovated space will host humidors stacked with cigars and exposed wine cabinets that allow guests to peruse rare blends from the world’s most notable wine regions. With a focus on unique varietals and blends, Beverage Director Jon Yeager carefully selected a wide-ranging list of wines and spirits that includes labels not seen anywhere else on Nashville or Franklin menus. Organized by weight and mouth-feel, the wine menu is designed to guide the customer by their taste buds, rather than preconceived notions.

“We wanted to give Downtown Franklin another unique experience, to introduce some new things to our customers,” Yeager said. “Our hope is to engage them through their palates. We want to take the pressure off of how much you know—or don’t know—about wine, and focus on intriguing guests through flavors and tastes.

“Everyone knows what pinot grigio is and deservingly so, but there are plenty of other styles of light white wines, and that’s what we want to introduce people to. It’s about exploration too: we hope people leave the Wine Bar not only having had an enjoyable experience, but feeling like discovered something new.”

Yeager says one of his favorite wines on the new menu is from the txakolina (pronounced choco-lina), a grape popular in culinary trendsetting cities such as Charleston.

“This wine is refreshing, crisp, light and perfect for humid summer days,” he said. “It’s a buzz word in Charleston, which is a city I look to as being a taste-maker and staying ahead of the wine and spirits trends. They have festivals devoted to this one particular kind of wine! The Wine Bar will be the first to carry it around here, as far as I know.”

Another wine that is sure to be a crowd favorite, and will make for a first-time experience, is the Barista—a red wine with a hint of espresso. The restaurant will also carry the kiralyudvar (pronounced Kee-RYE-oohd-var), which Yeager compares to an un-oaked chardonnay.

“We based this menu solely on what other restaurants don’t have,” Yeager said.  “Nashville isn’t particularly known as a wine town, so it’s our hope that we can help grow and cultivate that culture here in Franklin. I’m excited to introduce people to new flavors and names, and to make this place a culinary leader in wine.”

Many locals will be happy to find a selection of cigars sold at the Wine Bar, as well as a handful of high-end spirits that Yeager says customers can enjoy with their cigars.

And to ensure that those sensitive to cigar smoke will not be affected during their dining and sipping experiences, the restaurant has created a designated outside area that doesn’t allow smoke to waft into the dining rooms. The Boat House outdoor patio on the corner of East Main Street and Bridge Street will remain smoke free.

Puckett’s Boat House is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more, go to www.puckettsboathouse.com.

About Puckett’s Boat House

Puckett’s Boat House aims to stay true to local flavor while delivering an atmosphere that makes you nostalgic for family vacations and good times. The grill and oyster bar menu offers by-the-shore dishes reminiscent of the Gulf coast and the Big Easy, plus Southern staples that draw from the Marshall family’s Mississippi Delta and Memphis roots.

Enjoy Puckett’s trademark Southern fare and reputation for a live music venue—both with a Boat House twist. To learn more, go to www.puckettsboathouse.com.


Puckett’s Featured on Travel Channel Series, Airing April 22

Three Nashville chefs will be featured on the premiere of the new Travel Channel show “Chow Masters,” airing Tuesday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. — and our own Keith West is one of ’em!

In the “Barbecue in Music City” episode, Keith West of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, along with Mason’s Bar and Smoke Et Al, discuss the art of Nashville barbecue and re-create their restaurant’s renditions of a creative BBQ dish.

In the show, Keith shows the two hosts how to make our Piggyback Pimento BBQ sandwich–stay tuned for all that entails!–on the Puckett’s Trolley, parked outside the iconic Ryman Auditorium (thanks y’all!).  A little birdie tells us that Keith, our BBQ and the Mother Church all look GOOD on primetime!

The three chefs are vying for a $10,000 cash prize and the Golden Skillet award. Tune in to see what happens!

You’re invited to  a viewing party of the show at Puckett’s Boat House at 94 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin on April 22, 7-9 p.m. The PBH bar will serve samples of the Piggyback Pimento sandwich made in the show, in addition to other specials! Hope to see y’all there.

psssst: You can get a sneak peek from the episode here:

The originals series follows Chef Sammy DeMarco (aka Sammy D) and best friend/Hollywood director Frank Coraci as the pair hits the road to find “the tastiest and most creative comfort food in America.” DeMarco is the chef behind the former First Food & Bar at the Palazzo and Rattlecan at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Coraci is the Hollywood director behind the three Adam Sandler hits ClickThe Waterboy and The Wedding Singer.

DeMarco and Coraci filmed 13 half-hour episodes. “Chow Masters” premieres April 22 with back-to-back episodes: the first in New York at 8 p.m. and the second in Nashville at 8:30 p.m.

For additional details of the show, go to www.travelchannel.com.

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Now Hiring: Puckett’s Boat House and Puckett’s 5th & Church

Hey y’all—we’re looking to add to our Puckett’s family at both the Boat House and our 5th & Church location!

Puckett’s Boat House is looking for qualified hosts and servers with energetic and vibrant personalities! If you’re ready to get involved in our daily operations and contribute creatively to our growth, send your resume to Claire@puckettsgrocery.com.

In addition, the Boat House is looking for experienced kitchen managers with creative flare. If interested, please email your resume to jt@puckettsboathouse.com.

Puckett’s 5th & Church is also looking for energetic hosts and servers to join the Nashville team! If you’re interested, please send your resume and a brief (one short paragraph) bio to Claire@puckettsgrocery.com.

Puckett’s Boat House is located in Franklin’s old Boat Locker at 9 E. Main Street. Part of the Puckett’s family of restaurants, the Boat House is downtown Franklin’s only seafood-focused eatery. For more information about our restaurant, visit our website at www.puckettsboathouse.com.

Puckett’s 5th & Church is a family owned and operated Southern meat-and-three that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music Monday through Saturday. We’re located in downtown Nashville at the corner of 5th Avenue North and Church Street. For more information, visit our website at www.puckettsgrocery.com


Boat House Introduces New Menu Items, Just In Time For Spring!

Puckett’s Boat House has given its menu a fresh look for spring, adding additional fresh-caught Gulf seafood items and Southern staples to its existing repertoire!

Taking seafood favorites and adding a Puckett’s twist, our downtown Franklin destination has added more than a dozen dishes featuring local and regional ingredients. Included in the extended menu are gluten-free options and a new “Skinny Menu!”

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Of the new offerings are the St. George oysters, sourced directly from the Gulf coast and topped with Puckett’s Boat House pepper sauce and blue cheese crumbles. Customers can also enjoy a fresh peel & eat shrimp skillet, with butterflied Gulf shrimp steamed and tossed in house-made herb butter.

New spring starters also offer an off-the-coast taste: diners can enjoy lightly breaded and fried calamari and lobster bites, both served with a house mango pepper dipping sauce.

Fresh fish offerings run the gamut, such as: grilled or blackened mahi mahi, topped with a fresh mango chutney and served with rice and sautéed veggies; blackened catfish and grits, which includes the signature Boat House chipotle cheese grits; and an ahi tuna steak served alongside asparagus and rice pilaf. The ahi tuna salad is prepared in a similar way, with seared ahi tuna over Asian greens and served with homemade peanut sesame dressing.

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And the Boat House didn’t forget about the land lubbers: The mango-glazed chicken served with house mango pepper sauce, sautéed veggies and rice pilaf; and the flank steak ranchero, served over a cheese enchilada topped with ranchero sauce and fiesta rice, are sure to satisfy the hungry.

In addition to the new menu items, the Boat House has introduced a Skinny Menu to customers looking for healthier dishes. Such items include steamed mahi mahi, blackened ahi tuna, an eggplant lettuce wrap and more.

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The Boat House gluten-free offerings include signature Cajun dishes such as the mojo wings tossed in a choice of hot, mild or honey jalapeño sauce, a hand-cut Sanibel salmon filet and grilled grouper. Those with celiac can also enjoy many of the eatery’s standard side items, including rice pilaf, creamed spinach, chipotle-cheese grits, sautéed vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw and more.

And don’t forget dessert: a chocolate mousse pie replaces the traditional flour crust with one comprised of pecans and dates, and is lightly sweetened with agave nectar for a light and gluten-free treat.

Housed in Franklin’s old Boat Locker at 9 E. Main Street, Puckett’s Boat House is part of the Puckett’s family of restaurants and is downtown Franklin’s only seafood-focused eatery. The Boat House is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a brunch buffet until 1 p.m.

More about Puckett’s Boat House:

Puckett’s Boat House aims to star true to local flavor while delivering an atmosphere that makes you nostalgic for family vacations and good times. The frill and oyster bar menu offers by-the-store dishes reminiscent of the Gulf coast and the Big Easy, plus Southern staples that draw from the Marshall family’s Mississippi Delta and Memphis roots.

Enjoy Puckett’s trademark Southern fare and reputation for a live music venue—both with a Boat House twist. To learn more, go to www.puckettsboathouse.com.




2014 Great Futures Luncheon At Puckett’s Columbia Event Space March 26

Where do great futures start? Puckett’s, of course 😉

Join us Wednesday, March 26, in the Puckett’s Columbia Events Space for the 2014 Great Futures Luncheon, presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., we’ll be celebrating the great futures ahead for the youth of the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County with community leaders and guest speakers, including Rudy Kalis—WSMV-TV’s Emmy award-winning sportscaster, y’all!

Mr. Kalis will share his inspirational story of coming from humble beginnings—sailing into New York Harbor as a German immigrant with his family at age 5, unable to speak a word of English—to becoming one of the most well-known and beloved sportscasters in the field.

Our own Andy Marshall will emcee this exciting program featuring heartfelt testimonies by Boys & Girls Club members about the challenges the club has helped them to overcome.

Participants will also have the opportunity to share lunch with club members, and get to know some of the amazing kids one-on-one.

And you know we’ll be serving up a delicious Puckett’s lunch featuring some of our Southern classics: cherry-smoke BBQ pulled pork, oven-roasted herb chicken, creamed potatoes with buttermilk gravy, Southern style green beans, tangy and sweet cabbage coleslaw, homemade baked beans and banana puddin’ for dessert!

The kids will have business cards showing their goals for the future ready to share with their guests. And y’all be sure to bring some nuggets of wisdom from your own experiences to share with the kids!

If you would like to help open the door to a great future for Maury County’s youth, individual tickets are still available for $250 per person. Reserve your seat today by emailing Robyn Boshers at rboshers@bgcmaury.com.

Puckett’s Columbia Event Space is located at 15 Public Square, Columbia, Tenn., upstairs from the Puckett’s Columbia restaurant.