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Trevor Moran’s Dumpling Den and Fluffy, Icy Kakigori Destination Locust Arrives at Last

The former Catbird Seat chef’s long-awaited dumpling and kakigori shop Locust opens this week

Steamed dumplings in chili oil
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Locust, the long-awaited casual dumpling-focused 12 South restaurant from former Catbird Seat chef Trevor Moran and Strategic Hospitality, will officially open on Thursday, October 29.

A bowl of Moran’s cold “numby noodles from hell”
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To start, the dumpling den, hand-cut noodle house, and kakigori (Japanese-style shaved ice) spot will open only its patio for guests — a 30-seat heated outdoor space that lines 12th Avenue South for ultimate people watching. Open for walk-ins and accepting reservations on Tock, Locust will serve Japanese beer a selection of highballs and sake options from GM and sake sommelier Kynsey Hunter.

Hot and crispy dumplings
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The small opening menu offers steamed dumplings with chili oil, crispy dumplings, and build-your-own “numby noodles from hell” — which come with adult and kid-friendly instruction sheets.

Build-your-own “numby noodles from hell” come with adult and kid-friendly instruction sheets.
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

The opening menu also features charcoal-roasted oysters in chili butter.

Charcoal-roasted oysters in chili butter
Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

There are two fluffy, icy kakigori offerings: almond with a side of cherry sauce or chocolate, salted caramel, and passionfruit.

Almond kakigori with a side of cherry sauce
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A number of local makers helped create the space — including Arbol Woodworking, Heavy Fencing Company, Grills by Demant, DAAD, Lankford Decorating and Construction, and Resting State Design.

Locust is located at 2305 12th Avenue South and will be open Thursday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The dining room, which seats 44 people, will open soon.

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