A beer permit for Cracker Barrel in Gallatin was approved by the Gallatin Beer Board on June 18.

The restaurant chain’s location at 1005 Village Green Crossing will be one of several Middle Tennessee (including Brentwood, Dickson and both Murfreesboro stores) that will add alcoholic beverages to their menu. 

“The implementation timeline varies by location, but we look forward to offering guests these new beverage options very soon," Janella Escobar, company spokeswoman, said in an email.

In a June 2 interview with Restaurant Business, Cracker Barrel CFO Jill Golder said that a menu of alcoholic drinks has been in the testing phase in 20 of their Florida stores, which includes a variety of beers, wines, a hard cider and orange and strawberry mimosas.

At this time it is not known when the new drink menu will roll out in the Middle Tennessee locations.

According to the Nashville Post, Cracker Barrel has seen a 79% drop in sales numbers from May 1, 2020, compared to the same period last year, numbers that reflect the impact of the ongoing COIVD-19 pandemic.

The Southern-style food chain, which now has more than 650 stores in 45 states, first opened in Lebanon in 1969 by founder Dan Evins because he was "passionate about recreating old country stores from his childhood along interstates and highways so that travelers would always have a place to stop, relax, get a good country meal and feel at home,” says the company’s website.

Favorite food items include buttermilk pancakes and chicken and dumplings, as well as "lighter" options like the Southern grilled chicken salad.