The Boilery Seafood & Grill held a ribbon cutting at its Cool Springs location Tuesday in partnership with Williamson, Inc.
Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen congratulated franchise owner Annie Zhang on the opening. Largen had recently eaten at the establishment and was very pleased with the food.
“This food is fantastic,” Largen said. “I’m just thrilled, Annie, that you’ve been willing to risk your capital and willing to make an investment in our community by opening this restaurant.”
Zhang is originally from China. She moved to the U.S. in 1992.
After moving to Tennessee in 2000, Zhang felt Franklin was missing out on the type of seafood the New York-based chain offered.
“I love seafood, and I couldn’t find any I liked here,” she said. “My goal was to do something different.”
The restaurant opened three months ago in the former Wild Wing Café space in Cool Springs. Zhang said the lobster and snow crab legs have been the most popular menu items so far.
Zhang is an entrepreneur who also owns an ice cream business in Mt. Juliet. Owning a restaurant has always been her dream, but that has also come with its challenges due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been interesting,” she said. “I like to run a business by myself. It’s my dream restaurant.”
One challenge she has faced is the restaurant labor shortage. She has found enough help to staff the kitchen, however, is still looking to hire additional front of house staff.
As customers start to feel more comfortable eating out again, Zhang hopes spreading tables out a little further and requiring masks will help bring people in the door and have more confidence when sitting down for a meal.
“We just want every customer to have a good time and leave happy,” she said.
The Boilery Seafood & Grill is located at 545 Cool Springs Blvd. Visit https://www.boileryseafoodfranklin.comfor more information.