Outdoor dining areas are growing in downtown Franklin and locals were invited to visit the latest destination. Merridee’s, the longtime breakfast hot spot, has added a new beer garden. Likened to a speakeasy, you enter the garden through the side door of the restaurant.

There you are greeted with a hidden spot of greenery, twinkle lights, planter boxes with seating for about 25.

Guests can enjoy a list of ten local brews from area breweries like Mill Creek, Diskin Cider, Steel Barrel, Black Abbey, Tailgate, and more. And we are told wine is to be added soon to the menu.

Merridee’s has extended hours from Thursday- Saturday where you can enjoy dinner until 9 p. Items on the dinner menu include quesadillas, Philly cheese steak, grilled portobello mushroom sandwich, quiche and more. New items added to the evening menu include meatloaf, pot roast, chicken pot pie, pulled pork with sides choices of mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, and turnip greens. Salads are available with the add-on of grilled chicken or grilled salmon. See the evening menu here.

Saturday nights at Merridee’s are songwriter nights with the next event on June 22 featuring Layne Rogers, Brianna Alomar, Alicia Wuerth, Dakota Neuman, Mitch Emmons, and Jeremy Dean. The free music event begins at 6 p until 9 p.

Merridee’s is located at 110 4th Avenue South, Franklin. Hours of operation are Monday – Wednesday 7 a – 5 p, Thursday – Saturday, 7 a – 9 p. Follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

About Merridee’s

Merridee McCray, the founder of Merridee’s Breadbasket, grew up baking bread, pies, and sweets from scratch with her mother. It was a tradition passed on to her by her grandmother, Anna Maria Faust, who once served as head cook for the Pillsbury family.

When Merridee passed away in 1993, Jim Kreider bought Merridee’s Breadbasket. Today, Jim and his exceptional team are still making everything from scratch, creating products that not only have a great taste but are nutritional as well. Merridee’s features a variety of baked goods, homemade soups, quiches, and fresh salads.