Notable Barbecue Chef Opens Franklin Soul

Franklin Soul

Franklin Soul recently opened at 9040 Carothers Pkway on Sept 24; Las Brisas formerly occupied the space.

Franklin Soul patrons are in for a treat as Chef/Owner Reuben Silva previously owned Rueben’s Smokehouse in Florida named by Trip Advisor as the #4 barbecue restaurant in the country!

A quick search shows loads of reviews and videos praising the food of Reuben’s Smokehouse and Silva says the menu in Franklin has a lot of the same items.

Rueben and his wife. Erin along with their four daughters made the move to Franklin to be closer to family members. After visiting the area for years, they made the move in July and shortly after settled on the former Las Brisas location for Franklin Soul. The restaurant has a more open look inside with seating for up to 95 people and a patio area is in the works. Selecting a name for their new spot had a special meaning.

“Rueben picked the name Franklin Soul, we are very spiritual, we are Christians and this was a big life change for us and we both just liked the name,” said Erin Silva.

The menu is divided into starters, salads, smoked proteins of brisket, pork, back ribs, and chicken breast. Side items include molasses baked beans, red beans, potato salad, country green beans, coleslaw, and bacon cheddar grits. There’s a whole section of the menu dedicated to not smoked with chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, pot roast with mash, bacon meatloaf, along with chicken and dressing. Kids meals are $5 with choices of meat and one, meatloaf, mac and cheese, and chicken and dressing.

Rueben not only knows his way around a kitchen;he’s a craftsman. After searching for just the right community table to place in the center of the restaurant and coming up empty, he will be handcrafting the table himself. And the Silva’s couldn’t be happier to call Franklin home.

“We love it here, we are so excited to be in Franklin,” said Erin.

The restaurant is still in its soft opening stage. A grand opening is scheduled for October 13, more details to come about that event. Be sure to follow Franklin Soul on Facebook for the latest updates.