Puckett's Holding Job Fair, To Begin Serving In August

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

As Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant nears completion of its 6,750-square-foot space renovation in downtown Chattanooga, the eatery and music venue will hold a two-day job fair next week to fill more than 80 staff positions.  


The restaurant will host interviews in the Hilton Garden Inn at 311 Chestnut Street on Wednesday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Available positions include bartenders, servers, hosts, line cooks, bussers, dishwashers and more. Interested parties should bring a copy of a photo I.D. and be prepared to fill out an application on site. Resumes are welcome.


“Since we announced Puckett’s move into Chattanooga, we have been overwhelmed by the response of the community. We’ve wanted to open here for years, and it’s incredible to see it finally coming to fruition,” said Director of Operations Claire Marshall Crowell, who will help conduct the interviews. “We’re looking forward to seeing that enthusiasm carry over into our talent search next week.”


In Fall 2014, the company announced its plans to open a Puckett’s location on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza in the Riverfront District. The uniquely Southern concept has spent nearly a year rehabilitating the former T.G.I.F Friday’s space, after working with leaders at Chattanooga’s non-profit economic development organization River City Co.


A Tennessee landmark with decades-old roots that stretch back to the 50s, Puckett’s has built its name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples like classic meat-and-three items and its famous slow-smoked BBQ. This will be Puckett’s first expansion out of Middle Tennessee and its largest location to date, with more than 230 seats in the dining room and patio areas.


The brand’s long-time general manager, Max Stephenson, will lead the new store and manage the restaurant’s daily operations, which include a full-service eatery, a live music venue and a catering division.


Mr. Stephenson, who will also help conduct the interviews, says he hopes to fill positions with individuals who reflect the company’s values and mission to remain community-oriented.


“Puckett’s a family-owned business that treats customers like friends. We’ve been fortunate to find employees with a servant’s heart at our other restaurants, and we’ll be looking for similar personalities who fit that mold,” he said.


This will be the fourth location for the Marshall family-owned Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, which also operates in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, Tn. The Nashville restaurant’s job fair drew more than 700 candidates.


Mr. Crowell says Puckett’s Chattanooga will begin serving food in August and will be open Monday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live music will initially be provided on weekends, with plans to eventually extend into weekday evenings.


In 2014, A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.--the hospitality group that includes Puckett’s family of restaurants--was listed on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies.


Most recently, Puckett’s was named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country, according to a new book, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. The book recommends the ribs, which are ranked as one of the Top 10 in America. Puckett’s ambiance also made its own Top 10 list.

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