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County swings into New Year with a bash for all

Andy ChildsBand of Franklin

Whether one chooses to ring in the New Year with a spectacular vintage circus- theme, sachet with big band swing, delight in Cajun flavors or a perfectly cooked Filet Oscar, Williamson County can deliver the unique experience that fulfills every New Year’s Eve heart’s desire. 
Many spots in town will be open with delectable food, foot-stomping, swing dancing bands and, of course, a crowd of good cheer and an unforgettable toast at midnight. 
The following local options are available to welcome in your own New Year’s Eve splendor:
Bunganut Pig, 1143 Columbia Ave. Franklin, will produce another fun New Year’s Eve party, with fan-favorite Resistance Band that offers ’70s tunes for plenty of dancing opportunities. Don’t miss the Pig’s energetic pub atmosphere and live performance.
Call 615-794-4777 to make reservations. Reservations ahead of time are $15 per person. Pricing includes the show, party favors plus a midnight champagne toast. Prices are $10 per person at the door, which includes the show only.
Franklin Downtown Good Eats and Celebrations 
Cork & Cow, the swanky restaurant, 403 Main Street and Fourth Avenue, is offering a four-course meal to usher in the New Year in high style. The gourmet offerings range from Maine lobster bisque and porcini-dusted Alaskan halibut to seared duck breast and a lobster, shrimp and mussels dish. The cost for the four-course offering is $95 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-538-6021. For more information, visit
The historic Franklin Theatre will ring out 2013 and “swing-in” the New Year with an evening of gourmet food, big band music and dancing. The historic venue will offer two shows on New Year’s Eve, one for the early birds, and another for those guests who want to celebrate midnight on Main Street. 
The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will regale theatre audiences during both sets with its popular Big-Band tunes. To honor the era that first welcomed the ca. 1937 Franklin Theatre, the evening promises period swank with a 21st-century flair from the legendary dance band.
Adding to the festive occasion, both sets of theatre goers have the opportunity to purchase a dinner-and-a-show New Year’s Eve package in conjunction with GRAY’S on Main. The three-story bar and restaurant on Main Street will prepare a special prix fixe meal with suggested drink pairings. The price for the dinner-and-show package is about $130 for the first show and $150 for the second.
The first show will begin at 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m. with tickets ranging from $71 to $82. The second bash—which always includes dancing—begins at 9:30 p.m. with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and continues until after midnight. Tickets are $82. To purchase tickets, call 615-538-2076 or visit For more details on ticketing, contact Layne Barton at
GRAY’S on Main will toast to the New Year while once again nodding to the past, with a vintage circus-themed event that includes a prix fixe menu, interactive performances and more. 
New Year’s Eve participants who arrive after 8 p.m. will enjoy an enchanted evening that uses tableside performers—think jugglers, mimes, aerialists, illusionists and other skilled artists—and costumes to transport the audience to a menagerie-like event. 
In addition to the mystical atmosphere, participants will be served a three-course gourmet meal with suggested drink pairings that follow the theme. Preceding the tableside performances, Americana band SHEL will regale the crowd with Vaudeville vibes and folk tunes. Dancing is encouraged.
Tickets are $95, which includes a three-course meal, tableside entertainment, the SHEL performance and a champagne toast. The evening begins on the second floor at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Guests are encouraged to channel their best Moulin Rouge impression, and break out swanky attire for the bash.
From 4 p.m. to midnight, GRAY’S is also accepting reservations on its first floor for a chef-selected, three-course meal and complimentary glass of champagne. The cost is $75 a person.
For information, visit To make a reservation, call 615-435-3603. Seating is limited.
Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor music venue, 214 S. Margin Street, will take a different approach to ringin’ in the New Year. This go ’round, they’re inviting their deconstructed songwriter’s crew to entertain the crowd until the ball drops at midnight. 
The night begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Owner Will Jordan has promised a special NYE menu, “jammin’” in each room, cornhole tournaments, drinking jenga, s’mores around the fire pit and more. There is no cover. Kimbro’s will provide a free champagne toast. Call 615-599-2946 for more details.
Puckett’s Boat House, 94 E. Main Street, will add French Quarter flavor to downtown Franklin on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2014 with a live show and a celebratory menu full of chef-selected favorites. The Southern seafood-focused eatery is hosting L’Angélus, a high-energy Cajun band featuring four siblings who entertain audiences with New Orleans  -influenced fiddle tunes, swing, saxophone-driven swamp pop, and R&B music. In addition to the authentic bayou tunes, the Boat House has created a special Cajun-inspired menu for the event such as oysters, lobster, other seafood treats as well as filet medallions.
Seating for the L’Angélus show will begin at 9 p.m. with the performance at 10 p.m. until midnight. Tickets to the show are $15 per person, and include a midnight champagne toast. The Boat House is also providing the special New Year’s Eve menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., for guests who can’t make the show. Call 615-790-2309 to reserve a seat. For information, visit
Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant’s New Year’s Eve celebration is already sold out at Franklin’s Fourth Avenue location.
Red Pony, downtown Franklin’s sophisticated Main Street restaurant, is offering a four-course dinner. Menu offerings to include grilled kale salad, mushroom-goat cheese ravioli, seared scallops, beef short ribs, seared tuna, vanilla-poached shrimp and lobster and more. The cost for the gourmet meal is $80 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 615-595-7669. For information, visit
Brentwood and Cool Springs
Mère Bulles, 5201 Maryland Way, Brentwood, will serve a four course prix-fixe tasting menu including a 9 oz. lobster tail, sautéed grouper, aged ribeye steak, as well as Petite Filet Oscar – 6 oz. filet, lump crab with hollandaise sauce, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. “People should come for the great food and 50 percent off all bottles of wine, and it’s close to the house here in Brentwood,” said Jessica Hancock restaurant event coordinator. To make a reservation, call 615-467-1945 or visit for more information.
Sopapilla’s, 1109 Davenport Blvd., Franklin, will offer their regular menu of New Mexican Cuisine favorites as Blue Corn Chicken Enchiladas topped with red chili sauce or hatch green chili sauce or Grilled Mahi Mahi Baja tacos, as well as Mexican-inspired drinks like the Cucumber Margarita or Grilled Pineapple Mojito. For more information call, 615-794-9989 or visit
Sperry’s Restaurant, 650 Frazier Dr., Franklin, this upscale steakhouse favorite is popular among locals, with its exceptional wine list and warm atmosphere. Speery’s will offer the Prince William Blue Cheese Stuffed-Filet, Filet Oskar, prime rib, crab cakes, Rack of Lamb Dijon and Maude’s Grilled Chicken. With temperatures dropping, Sperry’s signature fireside gathering room will be a sought after destination this New Year’s Eve. The Bristish-inspired décor is elegant and cozy, and the dining experience is best when completed with flaming bananas foster for two, prepared tableside. To make a reservation, call 615-778-9950 or for more information, visit
Wild Ginger, 101 Market Exchange Ct., Franklin will offer their regular menu with specials of the day until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant will offer Asian-fusion fare such as Lobster Bisque with Lump Crab, Bombay Calamari, Kobe Beef, Ahi Tuna, Miso Sea Bass, Honey Sake Chicken and sushi. For more information, call 778-0081 or visit
Wild Iris, 127 Franklin Rd., Brentwood will offer their regular gourmet menu as well as special entrees for New Year’s Eve such as stuffed duck breast, sea bass and scallops. For more information, visit or call 615-370-0871. 

Posted on: 12/25/2013


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