Fall is right around the corner. Which means along with a massive amount of football, comes a new bumper crop of restaurant openings. So to help you navigate the scene in the coming months, here, now, is the Eater Nashville Fall Tracking guide, mapping out the most anticipated openings of the season. Do note that these restaurants are in order in which they are expected to open, and we'll be updating their status as things progress. And if you've got another favorite, please do leave it in the comments below.
Location: 610 Magazine Street, Nashville in The Gulch
Team: Andy Mumma
Projected Opening: Sept.2
The Situation: East Nashville's slam dunk of a coffee shop hits The Gulch early next month. Owner Andy Mumma (who has partnered up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for the project) has taken over the old Golden Sound recording studio directly behind The Icon condo tower, turning the 4,500 square foot space into a coffee bar, kitchen and bakery. Once up and running, it will also include its own roasting room. Many existing design aspects of the property have been incorporated into the project, with Mumma promising a "1960's futuristic NASA mid-century moon landing experience," along with a large custom art piece from Isle of Printing featuring the Saturn V rocket ship.
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Location: 2600 Franklin Pike, Suite 109, Nashville
Team: Austin Ray, Joe Parkes, chef Nick Seabergh
Projected Opening: September
The Situation: Long a Nashville fixture, The Sutler dive bar, music venue and restaurant is getting new life, as Austin Ray (owner of M.L. Rose and partner in Sinema) and developer Joe Parkes are re-imagining it in its original space at the revitalized Melrose mixed use project. Clocking in at about 8,500 total square feet, the ground floor features a large bar, stage and seating for approximately 115. The downstairs is still a bit shrouded in mystery, but it's said to be a 'speakeasy inspired cocktail lounge.' Chef Nick Seabergh, most recently executive chef at Alchemy in Memphis, is working on bringing some of the bar's classic menu items back to life, as well as adding his own takes on bar food.
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Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Location: 123 12th Avenue North, Nashville in the North Gulch
Team: Chef Maneet Chauhan, Moni Advani, London Parfitt, Austin Ratliff, chef Vasisht Ramasubramanian
Projected Opening: Mid-September
The Situation: Chopped judge Maneet Chauhan chose Nashville as the location for her first restaurant, teaming up with Moni Advani, London Parfitt and Austin Ratliff, owners of nightlife and event venue Anthem, for Chauhan Ale & Masala House. Located in the North Gulch directly across from 12th & Porter, this "British pub with Indian influences" is housed in the former home of Roosters BBQ. Chauhan and chef de cuisine Vasisht Ramasubramanian have been working for a while now on various recipes, including flavored butters and unique cocktail combinations, as well as giving the public a sneak peek of what to expect at a pop up dinner late last month.
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Location: 609 Lafayette Street, Nashville in SoBro
Team: Michael Dorf, chef Kristin Beringson
Projected Opening: Sept.17
The Situation: After successfully launching City Winery concepts in New York City, Chicago and Napa Valley, owner and founder Michael Dorf set his sights on Nashville. The music venue/restaurant/winery is his largest yet, clocking in at approximately 36,000 square feet, which includes a 300-seat concert venue, a 125-seat dedicated restaurant, an upstairs bar and lounge, private dining space and of course wine making and tasting facilities. Chef Kristin Beringson, formerly at the helm of Holland House, has recently come on board to oversee the dining operations.
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Location: 700 12th Avenue South, Nashville in The Gulch
Team: Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Jim Lewis, chef Sal Avila
Projected Opening: Mid-October
The Situation: Coming to the ground floor of the Terrazzo mixed use development is Prima, the newest project from Miranda Whitcomb Pontes and Jim Lewis' Community Hospitality, the team behind Burger Up and Josephine. Not a lot of details are known at this time, but longtime Nashville chef Sal Avila, a veteran of a number of kitchens including City House, Burger Up and 360 Bistro, aims to give the town a steakhouse with a definite vegetable focus. And by all accounts, the 8,800 square foot two-level space should be a stunner, with high-end finishes all around.
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Location: 1416 4th Avenue North, Nashville in Germantown
Team: Terry Raley, chef Benjamin Houk, Michael Carminati, Craig Conway
Projected Opening: Mid-November
The Situation: This beer garden concept is the project of Terry Raley, owner of East Nashville hot spots Holland House Bar & Refuge and The Pharmacy. Planned as Germantown's first 'biergarten' in over 100 years, the project will total 7,000 square feet, with 2,500 of that being outdoor space. Current Holland House sous chef Benjamin Houk has been tapped to run the "hearth-fired open kitchen," which promises 40 square feet of cooking surface, along with a smokehouse. Michael Carminati, most recently of Brooklyn's Rye, is being brought in to oversee the beverage program, and Craig Conway, a veteran restaurant operator and consultant currently working in Germany, will also be part of the management team.
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Location: 42nd Avenue and Charlotte Avenue
Team: Richard Blais
Projected Opening: Late November
The Situation: Top Chef veteran Richard Blais is bringing his Atlanta-based mini-chain FLIP Burger to town. Setting up shop in the redeveloped former Hostess bakery warehouse on the corner of Charlotte Avenue and 42nd, expect creative burgers, signature 'N2' milkshakes and a sleek, modern red-and-white interior.
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5th & Taylor
Location: 1515 5th Avenue North, Nashville in Germantown
Team: Chef Daniel Lindley
Projected Opening: Fall
The Situation: Five time James Beard Award semi-finalist Daniel Lindley is opening up 5th & Taylor, a 250-seat restaurant offering up a "regional and seasonally focused American menu," in the new Warehouse at Taylor Place development in Germantown. Interior space will total 6,200 square feet, with one main and two private dining rooms. There will also be an additional 2,500 square foot outdoor patio and bar.
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Other Fall Openings of Note:
- Popular food truck Smokin' Thighs is going brick-and-mortar on Wedgewood near the fairgrounds. Be on the lookout for an opening the first week of September.
- Party Fowl is just about ready to take flight in The Gulch. Located across from Flyte, this new restaurant, bar and music venue from Austin Smith and 360 Bistro owner Nick Jacobson is expected to open mid-September.
- Christy Shuff, the original owner of Rumours Wine Bar, is planning a similar wine bar and restaurant in The Nations on Illinois Avenue. Currently unnamed, Shuff expects to open on Sept.25.
- And another popular local food truck, Biscuit Love Truck, is going stationary, as Sarah and Karl Worley are working on opening Biscuit Love, a brunch spot in the ground floor of The Gulch's Velocity development. They are shooting for a November opening.