It has been almost two and a half years since the iconic Dotson’s Restaurant in downtown Franklin closed its doors after 65 years in the community.
The past always makes way for the future, of course, but it got us thinking: what are some other local restaurants that have remained through all the change of the last several decades?
One surprise we found in our research is that there seem to be only one or two establishments that can rival Dotson’s for longevity.
1. Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
4142 Old Hillsboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
Today, you can visit several Puckett’s restaurants, including Puckett’s Boathouse, Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork, Columbia, Chattanooga, Franklin and Murfreesboro.
But it all started with a rural grocery store in Leiper’s Fork more than 50 years ago.
Founded by the Puckett family in 1953, Puckett’s served as a country store to several communities in Williamson County. From fresh groceries and a good southern meal, to a tank of gas and a place to catch up with friends, Puckett’s has become a staple in the Leiper’s Fork community.
In 1998, the Leiper’s Fork Puckett’s Grocery was purchased by Andy Marshall, a veteran of the supermarket industry who decided to sell his other stores and serve one small town with just one store.
“Before long, I realized what I had here was a restaurant pretending to be a grocery store. More and more customers wanted the home-cooked meals and cherry-wood smoked meats all within the atmosphere that you can only get at a place like Leiper’s Fork,” he said.
Today Puckett’s Leiper’s Fork thrives by serving comfort food, hosting live music and providing a great place for the community to gather.
Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork is located at 4142 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin 37064.
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