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Nashville Is Finally Getting a Tiki Bar

Big names from Barista Parlor, Husk Nashville and Isle of Printing are teaming up on the new venture


Nashville’s booze scene is finally getting something that has been at the top of locals wish lists for years: a tiki bar. That’s right, a new island-inspired cocktail bar called Chopper will be springing up in East Nashville this winter, and a trio of well-known names is behind it.

Barista Parlor owner and founder Andy Mumma, Isle of Printing founder Bryce McCloud and longtime Husk Nashville bar manager Mike Wolf are opening the new venture at 1100B Stratton Ave., taking over what was previously home to Bar Luca, which closed its doors back in March. It will also be taking over the former Moto Moda space, a retail shop specializing in motorcycle gear which Mumma is a part owner of. Mumma tells Eater that Wolf, who has made Sean Brock’s Husk outpost here a destination for top flight cocktails since helping open it in 2013, will be leaving that position in September or October to become a full time operating partner of Chopper going forward.

Specific details are few at the moment, but in an email, Mumma promises “a new establishment celebrating the tastes, flavors and frozen delights” of the South Seas. You can read the announcement in full below, which is presented via the fictional account of a marooned business magnate named Hiram Kneesch (which appears to be the resident dog at Isle of Printing):

Be sure to check back for more vital intel as this project picks up speed.

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