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It’s finally here! Tomorrow, June 22 through June 26, we’ll open the doors to the newest member in our family of restaurants, Scout’s Pub, for a “soft launch” in the Westhaven community of Franklin. We’ll serve burgers, brews and other items from our well-rounded menu as we gear up for our public grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m. 

Our proprietor, Andy Marshall, envisioned an upscale, modern pub with a neighborly vibe, and has produced a unique restaurant and hospitable experience for both neighborhood locals and visitors to enjoy.

“We are serving tight-knit neighborhoods that place value on shared experiences with friends and family, and I think they’ll see our commitment to that, too, through the restaurant’s mission and what we bring to the table at Scout’s Pub,” Andy said. 

Scout’s Pub takes its name from Andy’s beloved family dog, and it promises to be a sought-after gathering spot for the many neighborhoods in the vicinity. We were excited to have the casual atmosphere and eclectic interior design styled by Kim Leggett of local antique shop, City Farmhouse, and our 1,250-square-foot patio, and fun, fresh menu are each part of creating a great destination to watch the big game, meet for lunch or happy hour, or dine as a family.

Menu highlights include confit duck wings (served traditional hot or Asian and pictured above), fish and chips, house-ground burgers, Irish bratwurst with colcannon mash, fresh salads, scratch made pizzas and a number of sides and shareables. Are you hungry yet?!

“Both European gastropubs and Southern culture gravitate toward hearty cuisine made with seasonal ingredients, and that’s what we want to do here,” said Keith West, head chef at Scout’s Pub. “Our menu offers a good mix of basics and traditional favorites, while also adding a modern flair that’s unexpected.”

We’re also offering an extensive list of carefully made cocktails, wine and craft beer, including local options from Blackstone Brewery, Mantra Artisan Ales, Little Harpeth Brewing Co. and more.

Scout’s Pub will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, we’ll serve brunch each Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. through 2 p.m., with drink specials and an array of breakfast favorites.

The public is invited to drop in during the soft launch, or add themselves to the wait-list through the NoWait app, available on smart phones.

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We are excited to welcome Chris Payne to the A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. family as the general manager of Scout’s Pub!

Chris recently relocated from Atlanta where he opened over 70 restaurants, ranging from steakhouses and fast-casual concepts to bars. Since joining the Scout’s Pub team, Payne has spent time in each of the A. Marshall restaurants, including Puckett’s Gro., Puckett’s Boat House and Homestead Manor, and has quickly learned that our culture runs deep.

Also joining the Scout’s team is our long-time brand chef, Keith West, who will serve as head chef at the new restaurant, and Brad Lentz and Lee Rice, who will make the shift to Westhaven from Franklin’s Puckett’s Gro. We’re thrilled to have them on board, too!

Scout’s Pub is scheduled to open its doors this summer in Westhaven, and is looking for more talented people like Chris, Brad and Lee to join the team! If you or someone you know is interested, please stop by Scout’s Pub on May 24, 25, and 26 from 10 AM – 2 PM and 4 PM – 7 PM to meet Chris. Bring your resume and a photo I.D.! You can also apply online at

{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

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