As Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant nears completion of its two-story space in downtown Columbia, the eatery and music venue will hold a three-day job fair this week to fill more than 70 staff positions.
The restaurant will host interviews at its new location at 15 Public Square on Thursday, 9 a.m. to Noon and 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon and 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Available positions include managers, bartenders, servers, hosts, line cooks, bussers and dishwashers.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of the community, and we’re excited to see that enthusiasm carry over into our talent search this week,” said Director of Operations Claire Marshall Crowell. “We’re a family-owned business that focuses on treating customers like friends. We’ve been fortunate to find employees with a servant’s heart at our other locations, and we’ll be looking for personalities that fit the Puckett’s personality.”
A Middle Tennessee landmark with decades-old roots, Puckett’s has 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 downtown Columbia location will be the flagship for Puckett’s Creamery, an ice cream shop that will offer hand-churned product next door to the restaurant. Puckett’s will also house a second-story event center, which will accommodate up to 400 people.
Management says it hopes to fill positions for both the creamery and the special event area.
“We work to ensure that each Puckett’s restaurant has a community-centered atmosphere, whether that’s through a meal that tastes like it was cooked in your mom’s kitchen or the Nashville area’s best talent performing on stage,” Crowell said. “The Puckett’s Creamery was a natural extension of what we’re doing because of the old-fashioned nature of the process. There’s always a touch of nostalgia with what we do here.”
This will be the fourth location for the Marshall family-owned Puckett’s family of restaurants (Puckett’s Boat House opened in Summer 2012), which also operates in downtown Franklin and downtown Nashville. The restaurant’s last job fair drew more than 700 candidates.
Crowell says Puckett’s Columbia will begin serving food in mid-March. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday and Monday for breakfast and lunch.
Interested parties can download an application at www.puckettsgrocery.com/columbia. Applicants may bring a completed form to the interview, or fill one out on site. A copy of a photo I.D. is requested, and resumes are welcome.
For updates about its progress and more information about the restaurant, visit its Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/puckettscolumbia.
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