There’s some exciting stuff happening in downtown Franklin! Restaurant industry veteran and Nashville native Mike Greene has joined the Puckett’s Boat House team as General Manager. Mike brings nearly 30 years of Southern culinary expertise to the Boat House and always comes in with a smile on his face!
Mike’s background includes extensive restaurant managerial experiences, along with a lifelong passion for sharing food and fellowship.
“I’m from Nashville, and I come from a family of fantastic cooks,” he said, adding that he essentially grew up in the kitchen.
Mike studied English literature in college with plans to become a teacher or a lawyer, but he always held side jobs at restaurants and cafeterias. While working at the regional wholesale bakery Mama Turney’s Pies, he finally reached the realization that he loved the food industry enough to make it his full-time career.
Mike first gained managerial experience at Ruby Tuesday’s, O’Charleys and Olive Garden, but he ultimately wanted to work at a local restaurant where he could be a part of a family-like atmosphere. At A. Marshall Hospitality, he found exactly that. He joined the company in 2016, training at Puckett’s Nashville and then serving as the front of house manager for Puckett’s Boat House.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to present my ideas to management,” Mike said. “They’re very approachable, and they want to hear what I have to say.”
Mike is already collaborating with the Boat House staff to try out potential new menu items, such as the popular flat-iron steak entree that debuted during Nashville Restaurant Week. He also hopes to encourage customers to explore the menu in its full variety, including specialty soups and sandwiches for the winter season. However, his favorite aspect restaurant management does not involve food, but people.
“I love meeting new people, talking to our guests and making them feel at home,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what is important.”
Claire Crowell, our company’s COO, said that promoting Mike to general manager was an easy decision.
“Mike is smart, ambitious and talented, but most of all, he brings joy to everyone on our team,” Crowell said. “His smile is contagious, and he has a strong creative energy. I can’t wait to see how he leads the Boat House in 2018.”
Make sure to say hi to Mike next time you bring your Southern seafood cravings to the Boat House! We’re so glad to have him as a leader!