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Popular foodie show features 55 South

Jason McConnell, founder and owner of 55 South, as well as Cork and Cow, Red Pony and The McConnell House, with his wife Fran following the show’s debut. Photos by Pam Horne
Franklin residents Monica Lurty and Allison Stinson, both hostesses at 55 South, were on hand Monday night to watch the showing of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Karl Worley, of Biscuit Love in Nashville, right, congratulates his friend and colleague in the industry, Jason McConnell. McConnell stood with Worley at the bar Monday night along with a crowd of supporters to watch his debut with Chef Guy Fieri on national television.
Local restaurateur Jason McConnell spent the eve of New Year’s Eve with close friends and supporters gathered at 55 South to watch his debut as the featured guest on the famed “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri.
Joined with his wife Fran McConnell, who grew up in Union City, Tenn. before launching his culinary career in Franklin, was humbled by the experience of being interviewed by a nationally renowned “foodie” and chef, not to mention the enthusiastic support he received from customers who filled the dining rooms and bar area to capacity. 
The crowd included friends, like Liza Brown and Kevin Juelfs, who said they drove from Nashville to support their longtime friend. Also in the crowd were David and Angie Gordon and Mark and Tamara Baker of Brentwood.
McConnell has brought four restaurants to the downtown landscape—each with its own menu and unique vibe.
In addition to 55 South, McConnell owns Cork and Cow, on Fourth Ave., Red Pony, across Main Street, and the McConnell House on Bridge Street.  Each of these culinary additions have helped to reshape downtown Franklin’s nightlife over the past few years. 

Posted on: 1/3/2014


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