UPDATED (8/10/16): Looks like the East side will get to enjoy having Little Octopus in its backyard for a while longer, as it was announced this afternoon that the restaurant will remain in operation at POP through the fall while construction continues on its new Gulch home. Dinner service will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Another POP Nashville resident restaurant is going fulltime brick and mortar, as Little Octopus will be opening up a permanent location in The Gulch later this year.
Announced via a press release this morning, POP owners Sarah and Brad Gavigan, who also own and operate ramen shop Otaku Ramen in The Gulch, will be moving the restaurant to the former Ru San's Sushi and Seafood space at 505 12th Avenue South, with construction set to begin in June. Ru San's, which operated in that location for 13 years, closed after this past Sunday's service.
Sara Gavigan says that in Little Octopus's first year, they learned that their core customer base was coming from West and South Nashville, "making a location in the rapidly changing Gulch a fantastic fit for us." Little Octopus will continue to operate in its current location until July 31, and a new concept, which will be announced in the coming weeks, will open in August.
As for Ru San's, owner Rosie Yang tells Eater that they are relocating to Hillsboro Village and opening up shop in what is currently the home of Lucky Belly. Yang says that they will adopt a model similar to that restaurant, serving both sushi and burgers, while keeping staples like their sushi lunch buffet intact. A grand opening for their new location is set for June 15. No word yet on what Lucky Belly's future plans are.
Be sure to check back for updates on Little Octopus's progress, as well as on all other fronts.