The team behind one of the city’s best restaurants is preparing for its second East Nashville act, as Butcher & Bee executive chef Bryan Lee Weaver and restaurateur Michael Shemtov plan to open taco shop and Texas cuisine-inspired eatery Red Headed Stranger in the McFerrin Park neighborhood.
The new project will take over the space at 815 Meridian Street currently occupied by Meridian Street Cafe. That casual neighborhood spot will vacate at the end of September, moving to a new location on Dickerson Pike.
Red Headed Stranger, a reference to Weaver’s favorite Willie Nelson album, is a passion project of his, having spent much of his childhood in Texas and the Southwestern U.S.: “Growing up in the Southwest, I’ve always had a love affair with the food. I’m excited to bring my Southwestern roots to Red Headed Stranger,....[and] I look forward to being a part of the creative growth in Nashville’s McFerrin Park neighborhood.”
The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch menus highlighting Hatch green chilies and homemade tortillas, with breakfast tacos and brisket featured prominently, as well as a full bar. Additionally, plans are for the space to play host to various pop-ups at night, as well as act as an incubator-style test kitchen.
The B&B team will join a growing number of major players looking to stake a claim in the McFerrin/Cleveland Park area of East Nashville. Just around the corner, Rolf and Daughters’ chef/owner Philip Krajeck is currently working on his next project, Folk. And one street over restaurateur Tom Morales is reportedly in talks to bring a restaurant and live music venue to the historic Roxy Theater.
A projected opening date is not yet known, so be sure to check back for more intel and updates.