Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant will open its new Chattanooga restaurant on Monday.
The new downtown eatery in the Tennessee Aquarium plaza will begin slinging biscuits and barbecue as it gears up for its public grand opening the following week on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
A Middle Tennessee landmark since the 1950s, Puckett's 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. The new Chattanooga restaurant — the fourth for Puckett's — is the first outside of Middle Tennessee.
"Puckett's' first priority is putting roots in the community, and that community is an important factor at each location," 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 is located in renovated space formerly occupied by TGIFriday's restaurant, which closed in September 2014.
Puckett's will 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 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."