Walk into Scout’s Pub in Williamson County’s Westhaven community and on the back wall you’ll find a large black and white photo of Scout himself, a statuesque and adorable Rottweiler with a bandana tied around his neck, welcoming every guest into his establishment. As with everything A. Marshall Family Foods, Inc. (AMFF) creates–you may recognize them for Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Harvest at Homestead and Puckett’s Boat House–the focus remains on family. Naming this new concept after
the Marshall family’s beloved dog was no exception.
Scout’s Pub came to fruition via an idea from Andy Marshall, founder and proprietor of AMFF, whose goal was to put a modern twist on a shared passion of European-style pubs and Southern culture: hearty pub cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Chris Payne, general manager of Scout’s, brought extensive experience in the restaurant industry to the new concept, having opened over 70 restaurants throughout his career.
“Scout’s is everything I’ve wanted to do. We truly wanted the food to be as fresh and flavorful as possible, and for our chef to have the freedom to be creative and express himself,” Payne said. “The Westhaven community provides a great environment, and we’ve been deliberate about meeting their desires and filling a gap in the neighborhood.”
With a menu that’s diverse and season-centric, Scout’s Pub offers a modern, Southern twist on traditional pub fare, like fish & chips, pizzas, burgers, wings and more.
And with a good portion of the produce coming straight from the “back 40” acres of Homestead Manor‘s on-site working farm, it doesn’t get more fresh or flavorful.
Like the food, the varied beverage menu and full-service bar also transition with the seasons. Scout’s makes all of their specialty cocktails from scratch — straight from the kitchen to the bar. Beer connoisseurs can rejoice with a vast selection of brews on tap that can even be enjoyed at home through Scout’s growler program.
The interior of the restaurant, designed by Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse in downtown Franklin, exudes a warm atmosphere that is both simple and modern, anchored by the striking yellow pine bar and bold feature wall.
“As far as design, this is the first time we’ve (AMFF) truly stretched ourselves outside of that rustic, Southern feel. It’s still inviting but definitely industrial, with gray tones and stainless steel chairs,” Payne said. “But at the same time, this place still has the welcoming atmosphere that stays true to A. Marshall and its values as an organization.”
Scout’s Pub, located at 158 Front Street in Franklin’s Westhaven community, is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m., and Friday from 11 a.m. till 10 p.m. Doors are open for brunch, lunch and dinner Saturday from 9 a.m. till 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. Visit their website to learn more at www.scoutspub.com.