POP, a new dining and event space from Sarah and Brad Gavigan, founders of popular ramen pop-up Otaku South, is coming to East Nashville. Slated to open in early May in a second floor retail space that previously housed Steve's Bar and Grill, the "place to pop-up" will be a full service restaurant catering to pop-ups and other recurring dining and cultural events. The space itself will be able to accommodate seating for up to 68 diners, as well as feature a 1,000 square foot gallery space and large patio. Sarah Gavigan had this to say in a release:
I was certain I would open a Ramen Shop and that would be that, but the space for POP presented itself and I couldn't say no. The opportunity to help other people take their ideas and prove them; to teach them how to operate a successful pop-up restaurant was really exciting to me. Nashville's food scene will only continue to grow, and my hope is that POP will be at the genesis of that growth[.] We are certainly not the first ones to try this concept, but timing is everything and Nashville is ready.
Appropriately, Otaku South will be the first pop-up to take residency at POP, serving Tuesday through Friday evenings, with the new space allowing for an expanded menu of small plates, ramen, Japanese street food, sake, beer and sochu to be served each night. A list of pop-ups is not yet available, but the release does reveal that a curated series entitled (City) Meets Nashville is set to begin this summer, featuring food, music, retail and art from a chosen city over the course of a weekend. The highlight of the event will be a special Saturday night dinner presented by a guest chef from that particular city.
An official opening date has not yet been announced, so be sure to check back here, as well as POP's event calendar, as Sarah Gavigan tells Eater that a number of announcements will be made in the coming weeks, including one very soon regarding weekend brunch.
· POP [Official Site]
· Otaku South [Official Site]
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