Cracker Barrel brew coming

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will be adding beer to the menu at its Campbell Station location.

The company were at the Farragut Beer Board’s virtual meeting Thursday, Sept. 10, asking for a Class 1, On-Premise Beer Permit, which was unanimously approved.

According to a statement from Cracker Barrel Media Relations, “Well prior to the pandemic we began testing limited beer and wine offerings in some of our Florida stores in response to strong feedback from our guests that these beverages were something they wanted.

“The results of this test thus far have been positive,” the statement continued. “We have been expanding the test in different markets in Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky, and have taken initial steps to apply for the appropriate licenses and begin necessary training in certain locations in these states.

“Our guests have told us that offering beer and wine would reduce the veto vote – that is, those guests who would choose Cracker Barrel for a given dining occasion, but ultimately go elsewhere because they would like to have a beer or a glass of wine with their meal— especially during weekend dinner.”

Tayo Atanda, who identified himself as outside counsel for Cracker Barrel, was present at the Beer Board’s virtual meeting, and confirmed Tennessee is the “second Cracker Barrel market to extend this option.”

While no time frame has been released regarding the Farragut store, “We look forward to welcoming our guests to these stores and offering them additional choice(s) that enhances their enjoyment and a new way to celebrate special occasions,” the release stated.

“The implementation timeline varies, as it is based on permitting process as well as employee training and licensing requirements,” a separate media release stated Friday, Sept. 11.

“We look forward to offering guests in Farragut these new beverage options very soon in the friendly environment that has made Cracker Barrel a ‘Home Away from Home’ for more than 50 years,” this release further stated.