A popular East Nashville restaurant is prepping to open later this week in a well-known Gulch location, as Little Octopus plans to open its doors for dinner service this Saturday.
Located at 505 12th Avenue South in what was formerly the longtime home of Ru San’s Sushi and Seafood, founders Sarah and Brad Gavigan originally opened the restaurant in 2015 as a temporary resident in what was previously known as their POP Nashville space in East Nashville, announcing Little Octopus’s move to permanent digs last May.
Chef Daniel Herget’s menus, currently available for viewing on the restaurant’s website, are slightly expanded, offering not only cool, warm and raw dishes, but also large format plates such as whole fish and chicken that seem to be de rigueur these days. According to a release, the bar program will focus on rum and rum-based cocktails, as well as biodynamic and organic wines, a full tea program and more.
The 100-seat space has been given an old school Miami look by L.A.-based firm Design, Bitches, whom the Gavigans previously worked with on their Gulch ramen shop Otaku Ramen. Unique interior elements include a 20-by-20-foot gold octopus mural painted by local artist Chris Zidek, along with 30-foot ceilings, a plant-filled atrium and more.
Dinner will be served seven nights a week from 5 to 10 p.m., with Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch service planned to launch sometime in February.