Puckett's Chattanooga Opens Tuesday, Holds Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, August 27, 2015

After nearly a year of renovation, A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.—the hospitality group that operates Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant—has announced that the Southern-inspired restaurant will open the doors to its new downtown Chattanooga location on Tuesday at 7 a.m.

To celebrate the grand opening event, Puckett’s is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join them outside the eatery on 2 Aquarium way—located on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza—for the commemorative occasion.

A Tennessee landmark with decades-old roots stretching back to the 1950s, 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. With three locations in Middle Tennessee, the Chattanooga restaurant marks Puckett’s first expansion to a new market.

Puckett’s first priority is putting roots in the community, and that community is an important factor at each location. We’ve already seen Chattanooga’s response to that, and hope to continue to help drive the energy downtown,” said Max Stephenson, general manager of Puckett’s Chattanooga. “We think locals will enjoy our emphasis on an intimate and laid-back atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in your own home when eating a meal or listening to the music.

Puckett’s menus boasts of its Tennessee heritage, with “their own special spin” on breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Morning favorites include sweet potato pancakes topped with pulled pork and a downhome take on the eggs Benedict; lunch highlights range from a fried green tomato B.L.T. to heavy helpings of meat-and-three classics; and popular dinner dishes include grits topped with blackened sautéed shrimp, Cajun fried chicken over a bed of hot waffles or grilled salmon brushed with a moonshine glaze.

“We take our pride in authentic, home-cooked dishes and our barbecue. The secret to that is the 18-hour process, one that includes slow ‘n’ low cooking over cherry wood and a wrap that mimics the sous vide tradition,” said Andy Marshall, owner. “And when possible, Puckett’s always supports our local purveyors and farmers. We’re looking forward to establishing relationships with those people in the immediate area.”

Puckett’s will also host local musicians on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 9 p.m., with plans to extend the live music into weeknights in the near future.

At its Nashville and Franklin locations, hundreds of the most talented artists have performed at Puckett’s over the years, from Alan Jackson and Luke Bryan to Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. Many times, the restaurant sees songwriters rise from its stage to the national arena--artists like Chris Janson, who performed songs like his “Buy Me a Boat” single at Puckett’s before topping the charts.

“At Puckett’s, music is just as much ingrained in our culture as the cooking,” said Claire Marshall Crowell, director of operations. “That’s really where we’ve built our name, and you can’t separate the music from the menu. We’ve seen that Chattanooga is a rising star in the music industry, and we can’t wait to tap into that.”

Those interested in playing on the Puckett’s stage can contact music@puckettsgrocery.com for more information.

In Fall 2014, A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.--the hospitality group that includes Puckett’s family of restaurants--announced its first expansion out of Middle Tennessee with plans to open a location on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza in the Riverfront District. The uniquely Southern concept has spent nearly a year rehabilitating the former TGI Friday’s space, after working with leaders at Chattanooga’s non-profit economic development organization River City Co. to find the building.

The restaurant has employed approximately 80 associates to serve guests. With 6,750 square feet and more than 230 seats in the dining room and patio areas, this will be Puckett’s largest location to date.

This month, A. Marshall Foods made the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for the second year in a row.

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.

The restaurant will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Waitr Expands To Outside Chattanooga City Limits

Waitr’s success in Chattanooga has prompted significant growth – delivery service now extends outside the city. In addition to Chattanooga, Waitr is now delivering to the Lookout Mountain area, and also just east of the city toward the Ooltewah and East Brainerd communities. The Waitr app lets you order from your favorite restaurant … then sends a Waitr driver to deliver it to you ... (click for more)

Charlie's BBQ & Bakery Tests The Waters Further Down Main Street

Charlie's BBQ & Bakery has opened in the old Charlie's Quik Stop at 2309 E. Main St.   Owners  Wes Agee, Elizabeth St. Clair and Stacey Anderson  from Manchester, Tn., said, "This neighborhood may not have a great reputation, but we are genuinely trying to make a difference in that reputation."   Ms. St. Clair said the trio saw the building up ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens, Lajeromeney Brown Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions In Which Robbers Posed As Police

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens and Lajeromeney Brown in connection with a series of violent home invasions in which the suspects told their victims they were Chattanooga Police officers.. Pipkens, 27, was charged in an Aug. 11 case and Brown, 40, in an incident on Sept. 19. Pipkens, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, ... (click for more)

Teach For America Raises Concerns

For the last several years, many groups, individuals and parties interested in preserving public education for our children have stood firm as a rampantly growing privatization movement has descended upon our local educational landscape.  We saw last year the Department of Education push a plan that would form a partnership zone which could potentially lead to schools in the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Inequality & The Left

The story is told about a liberal politician who was getting a room full of snowflakes all heated up over equity and equality, which is big with the political Left right now. One of his handlers finally got the chance and whispered in his ear, “Use ‘fairness’ instead! That’s what sells … “ Afterwards a newspaper column read, “The liberals love fairness because it cannot be measured. ... (click for more)