A new concept unique for Nashville is creeping closer to opening, as Madeline, a combination laundromat, cafe and bar, is set for the Cleveland Park neighborhood in East Nashville. Located at 1224 Meridian Street, Madeline is the first hospitality venture for owner Mark Schottland, who also owns the Dogtopia pet daycare on 8th Avenue.
Schottland, who moved to Nashville from Seattle in 2003, tells Eater that the idea came from two local establishments he frequented there, The Sit & Spin and B&O Espresso, both of which are now closed. Feeling that there was a gap that a concept like those could fill in the local market, two and a half years ago he started the process of making it a reality.
The space itself is two levels, with the laundromat portion, composed of eight to ten washers and ten dryers, housed in a separate area at the rear of the first floor. The cafe and bar area will consist of a number of two-top tables and counter space on the ground floor and the second-level mezzanine, as well as a bar with seating for six to eight.
Schottland says that the menu, offering breakfast, lunch (which will carry over into dinner) and dessert, has been put together by a "pair of chef friends," Conrad Chura and Zak Pizzeck, who own breakfast spot Wakin' Bakin' in New Orleans. The menu is concise, with Schottland adding that "it's designed to be reasonably priced, which is one of the reasons we kept the menu pretty simple. We're not boutique or upscale, we're regular."
Bar offerings will consist of beer and wine, with plans to have six beers on draft and three in bottles and cans, along with seven to ten wine options.
Planned hours will be 7 a.m. until "roughly midnight," with the intent of extending the hours or scaling them back depending upon business.