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A Round-Up of Nashville Restaurant Closings This Month

A new running round-up of the city’s recently departed dining destinations, coffee shops, and bars

a “sorry, we’re closed” sign posted above a restaurant interior Eater

January 2020

— Midtown cocktail den (and maker of killer beignets) Louie’s Wine Dive appears to have shuttered after a year and a half in business on the ground floor of Midtown’s SkyHouse apartment building. The owners closed it rapidly without much prior notice to staff — a reason for the closure has not yet been confirmed. A Yelp page update says it is scheduled to reopened this week, but the Nashville location has been removed from the Louie’s Wine Dive website entirely.

Knockout Wings posted in early January that they are closed “until further notice”. The casual Jefferson Street wing-maker served some of the city’s best wings, plus their well-loved “rope a dope honey biscuits”.

December 2019

— Long-time downtown sushi spot Koto is closing on Friday, December 20, according to the Nashville Scene. Open since 1985, the owners told the Scene they plan to take a break from the restaurant business. Meanwhile, the building is under contract but no word yet on the potential buyer.

— East Nashville hot chicken destination Pepperfire announced via social media they would close on Tuesday, December 2019 in their current location. But, worry not, plans are to reopen in Marathon Village.

November 2019

— Kentucky-based breakfast chain Wild Eggs closed after three years slinging biscuits, crepes, and Benedicts downtown.

— Iconic Nashville restaurant Elliston Place Soda Shop is closed for renovations until sometime in 2020. Developer Tony Giarratana purchased the restaurant from Skip Bibb, who has owned it since 2013, when he heard that Bibb had plans to shutter the restaurant, due to rising rent. A press release notes that the classic restaurant may not re-open in its current location, at 2111 Elliston Place — that it will depend on successful rent negotiations.

— Vanderbilt-area barbecue restaurant Hog Heaven’s owners announced on social media their retirement, and that it will close at the end of November. Open since 1986, the outdoor dining and takeout spot is popular for its smoked ribs, pulled pork, and chicken with Alabama white sauce.

— Gourmet Mexican food truck El Nopalito’s intended “permanent” set-up in a house in South Nashville has suddenly shuttered after less than 6 months in business. The owners of the new restaurant at 329 Peachtree Street told Eater Nashville the reason for the closure was a family incident, but owners are hopeful that a family friend will reopen the Mexican restaurant soon.

Mill Creek Brewing Co. closed after 4 years this weekend, and is filing for bankruptcy protection, due to inability to adequately service their debt obligations, Founder and CEO Chris Going posted in a letter on social media. The closure also extends to its 12 South taproom — known also for its stellar burgers since opening in 2018. *Update: Mill Creek Brewery will reopen soon, with new investors at play — but rumor has it the Taproom will not reopen.

— Five Points bar and restaurant Tenn Sixteen Food & Drink Co.’s owners have decided to close the East Nashville watering hole “shift focus to other business opportunities — shuttering the space at 1016 Woodland Street after five years, according to social media posts.

The Post East is closing after brunch service November 17, and transitioning to a new Frothy Monkey outpost after five years in business on the East side. Owners Tonya Lewis and Chris Cowley said they plan to explore other endeavors in a Facebook post last week. Once open, the new Frothy Monkey coffee shop at 1701 Fatherland will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a full bar.

Stay Golden announced the closure of its East Nashville location after less than a year. The original Sidco Drive Stay Golden remains open, serving breakfast, coffee, and cocktails.

Other Nashville restaurant closings [ENASH]