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Paletas Purveyor 'Padrino's Pops' Headed For Green Hills

"The Godfather" Geronimo Mendoza pictured

There's about to be another paletas game in town, as restaurant group Fresh Hospitality reveals to Eater plans to open Padrino's Pops, a made-from-scratch popsicle concept, in Green Hills. Having signed a lease for space at 4002 Granny White Pike between the Copper Kettle and recently shuttered Pizza Perfect, Fresh Hospitality, whose other restaurant brands include Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, among others, is partnering with the daughter of Geronimo Mendoza, aka 'The Padrino (Godfather) of Pops.' Mendoza has been in the paletas business in Mexico since 1978, and his original recipes will be the basis for the project. Says Matt Bodnar, a founding partner of Fresh Hospitality:

We just think popsicles is a really cool space, and we just really connected. Our core principles are about creating really fresh food. Traditionally none of our restaurants have freezers, no microwaves, just a focus on freshness. That's the lifeblood between all of our different projects. And we wanted to try something a little more scaled down and still showcase that fresh, made-from-scratch food.

A projected opening date is not known, and construction has not yet begun on the space, so be sure to check back for any and all updates.
· Fresh Hospitality [Official Site]
· Matt Bodnar [LinkedIn]

Padrino's Pops

4002 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

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