The Salt Block

Nick and Carrie Rickman participate in the World Food Championship. They will soon open The Salt Block, a new restaurant in downtown Marianna.

There’s talk circulating around town about The Salt Block, scheduled to open around July 1.

Many people already know Nick Rickman from his food truck and catering business, Fusion Craze.  While Rickman has confirmed that Fusion Craze will continue operating, he has been busy preparing to open his new restaurant, The Salt Block, at 4434 Lafayette St. in downtown Marianna.

Rickman has had a life-long love for the food service industry, and pride’s himself in being an award-winning chef. Rickman explained that he and his wife Carrie have participated in the World Food Championship for the last two years. The couple placed third — twice — in the steak and poultry contests. They have already begun preparing for the next event in November. Rickman pointed out that the event was not a food truck competition, but “the most prestigious cooking contest in the world.”

At The Salt Block, Rickman plans to be open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday evenings, and for brunch on Sundays, until the restaurant becomes more established. The restaurant will provide a fine-dining experience with a casual atmosphere. 

“We will serve top-notch food unavailable in the tri-states area,” claims Rickman. 

One choice on the menu is “Chicken and Grits,” a mouth-watering dish featuring three-cheese grits topped with buttermilk fried chicken, heirloom tomatoes, field peas, corn and candied bacon.  There will also be a variety of steak options, including Wagyu beef from a source in Midland, Texas. Rickman also plans to make beer and wine available for diners.

Shop locally, support Marianna businesses and visit The Salt Block for a wonderful dining experience. 

For more information, call 850-209-2995, and visit the City of Marianna’s website — — to learn more about new businesses.

Kay Dennis, MBA, MPA, A.I.C.P., is the director of Municipal Development for the City of Marianna.

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