UPDATED (7/31/17): As a clarification, Blind Tiger is teaming up with Americano Freestyle Tapas to create the ‘hot dog speakeasy,’ an idea put together by Casey Carstens and Americano owner George Haddad. Americano will continue with normal operating hours.
A much needed new late night weekend dining option is coming to West End as Blind Tiger, a ‘hot dog speakeasy,’ will begin taking over Americano Freestyle Tapas after closing time starting August 4.
Located at 1720 West End Ave. #100 and running from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, longtime local hospitality veteran Casey Carstens, previously a partner in the now shuttered East Nashville Korean restaurant The Birdhouse and currently owner of Korean food truck Busan Bop, will serve up a menu (see below) of creatively-topped hot dogs and fries to those late night revelers looking for something more than the usual fast food options.
Carstens tells Eater that his hope is that it will fill a niche in Nashville’s after hours market, and that once this first late night takeover establishes itself, he’ll be able to roll Blind Tiger out in other parts of the city as well.