Tennessee restaurant and music venue announces first location in Alabama

Tennessee-based Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant is set to open its first location in Alabama this year.

Franklin-based A. Marshall Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Pucketts, is expanding across state lines with the opening of a Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Cullman. Scheduled to open in late 2022, Puckett’s Cullman will be the seventh Puckett’s, adding to a portfolio of Tennessee restaurants in Nashville, Chattanooga, Columbia, Franklin, Murfreesboro and Pigeon Forge.

In a press release announcing the expansion, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs praised Puckett’s reputation.

“We are very pleased that they have chosen Cullman as the site for their first restaurant outside of their home country,” Jacobs said in the statement. “The location on Highway 157 allows them to serve the residents of our community, but also to target the thousands of travelers on I-65 daily. It’s great to see a vacant building redeveloped and we look forward to Puckett’s opening later this year.

According to the release, a group of Alabama residents who regularly drive to Tennessee to dine at Puckett’s lured Andy Marshall, the owner of A. Marshall Hospitality, to scout for a new location in Alabama.

“My wife Jan and I have a long-standing relationship with Cullman,” Marshall continued in the statement. “For 15 years we have built a great friendship with whom our family and associates lovingly know each other as ‘The Alabama Girls’. These ladies began visiting restaurants in Puckett and brought many of their families and neighbors in our restaurants. We’ve even had a menu item named in their honor. We’ve often thought the Cullman area would be a great place to have a Puckett’s. Now it’s happening and we can’t wait to serve and be part of Cullman.

A destination for community cooking and Southern live music, Puckett’s is known for its Memphis-style barbecue that’s gently and slowly smoked over cherry wood, as well as its popular line of sauces, marinades, spices and marinades.

Plans for the Cullman location include a full-service dining room offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, as well as regular live music.

According to the press lease, the design team enlisted Alabama State Senator Garlan Gudger to help redesign the existing building, which was a former Ruby Tuesday. Gudger, who has a long-standing business relationship with the Puckett family, helped with the interior design of Puckett’s Pigeon Forge.

“I believe Puckett will be well received at Cullman,” Gudger said in the same statement. “They offer great food, a unique dining/shopping atmosphere and quality entertainment! Personally, I’m excited and can’t wait for Puckett’s to open. Welcome to Cullman!

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