“My mom is a fantastic cook, my parents would entertain all the time, and people loved her bread so much,” CEO Kristi Stone said. “So, her friends encouraged her to step out and start the business.”
The restaurant launched in 1986 when Lynda began selling her specialty homemade sourdough rolls and bread before moving into a space in Brentwood’s Hill Center.
Since then, The Puffy Muffin has expanded its menu to include a number of Lynda’s recipes, including Amaretto Chicken Salad, ginger tea and daily quiche specials.
The eatery has grown from one baker to a team of servers and staff members, many of which have been at The Puffy Muffin for several years. Stone attributes this to the eatery’s core values, which include listening with intention, keeping a positive attitude and making the most of opportunities.
“We’ve got people in the kitchen who have been with us for 16-20 years,” Stone said. “When people come here it’s a home, it’s a safe place to work, and we take great pride and responsibility in the youth that we hire and in teaching them how to work.”
In addition to the breakfast and lunch menus, The Puffy Muffin also operates a bakery, churning out a variety of baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, breads, pies and cookies. The bakery also creates custom cakes for birthdays and events.
Stone said although her mother has retired, she still carries her advice on staying true to the restaurant’s roots.
“One thing that I have learned from my mother over the years is, ‘Know who you are and be that,’” Stone said. “We’re not trying to be anyone else, we’re us and we need to be that.”
The Puffy Muffin
229 Franklin Road, Brentwood
Hours: Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.