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New French Bistro Brings Escargot and Steak Frites to East Nashville

Once Upon a Time in France opens on Gallatin


Gallatin Avenue now has a chic 1920s-inspired French bistro thanks to Once Upon a Time in France — which officially opened its doors this week. The cozy new no-reservations-accepted bistro from father and son Laurent Champonnois and Melvil Arnt is a 45-seat restaurant. It replaced the former Steak & Pizza space at 1102 Gallatin Avenue.

Arnt, a Parisian musician and sound engineer with a restaurant background moved to Music City and missed the food from back home. So he and his father, a chef, combined talents to open this East Nashville French bistro with a classic menu of escargot, steak tartare, and boeuf bourguignon.

There are over 75 French wines on offer, plus a selection of European beers, aperitifs and digestifs, plus some well-priced for Nashville cocktails.

Once Upon a Time in France is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4:30 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 9:40 p.m. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Once Upon a Time in France [Official Site]