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Nashville Hospitality Industry Rallies to Help Those Affected By Tornadoes

Free meals, discounted hotels, and fundraising efforts in the wake of last night’s tornadoes

Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

In the wake of the devastating storms in Nashville in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, a few local restaurants and hospitality groups are already banding together to help those in the service industry and beyond with food, money, and lodging in their time of need. The list of restaurants closed or damaged by the storm seems to grow by the minute, and some are closing just to assist in relief efforts. In true Music City fashion, the city is once again coming together in a time of tragedy.

A GoFundMe account to help those in the service industry who are affected has raised about $26,000 so far.

Stay tuned for an updated list.


World Central Kitchen has activated in Nashville, partnering with several local food trucks around town. Check out their Instagram to see current locations serving meals.

Sedona Taphouse doesn’t currently have power, but they’re still firing up the grill for free cheeseburgers, chips, and brownies every day (except Sunday, March 8) until their power and gas is restored. Open to all residents, volunteers, and first responders.

O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse are hosting a community chili cookout on Sunday, March 8 at 11 a.m., to feed and support tornado victims and volunteers. The event will be held on O-Ku’s patio, 81 Van Buren Street in Germantown. Lunch and parking will be free.

Saint Stephen is firing up the grill in Germantown and happy to cook any food from your fridge or freezer for you. On Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. they’re also hosting a free pancake breakfast with coffee — donations will be collected for the community rebuilding fund.

Logan’s Roadhouse is mobilizing to help its neighbors that were affected by the devastating tornadoes. Earlier in the week they fed tornado victims and first responders in East Nashville, and today (Friday, March 6) they’re in Cookeville with a mobile unit and grill.

615 Chutney is serving free food at its East Nashville location until dark on Wednesday, March 4.

lou in hard-hit East Nashville is offering free brunch rice and escarole bowls for any hospitality industry employees whose jobs have been affected by the storms. Just say you’re there for “family meal”.

Butchertown Hall doesn’t have power back yet, but they’re firing up the grills on Wednesday, March 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. to offer free food to the Germantown community.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen is offering free lunch Wednesday, March 4 to hospitality workers whose jobs have been affected by the tornadoes.

Edley’s BBQ is serving free barbecue sandwiches, in front of their East Nashville location. (Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3 and 4)

Mother’s Ruin in Germantown is open Tuesday, March 3 serving sloppy Joes until they run out.

The M.L.Rose Food Truck is set up Wednesday, March 4 at Lee Chapel AME Church (1200 Dr DB Todd Jr Blvd) serving burgers plus Von Elrod’s sausage, until they run out.

The Picnic Tap, Tennessee Cobbler Co., Caracasville, and Puckett’s are all serving free food from the Nashville Farmers Market on Wednesday, March 4 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Gray & Dudley at 21C Hotel is offering a free family meal buffet on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, for anyone affected by the tornadoes. Pasta bolognese, salad, and bread will all be on the buffet (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m., plus WiFi and charging opportunities.

Kettner Coffee Supply in East Nashville has regained power and open for charging cell phones, WiFi access, plus free coffee and pastries for the rest of the day.

Red Pebbles Hospitality will offer complimentary lunch buffets for area food and beverage workers whose places of employment have been affected by the tornadoes in Nashville. The complimentary lunch buffets will be served at Adele’s on Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at Pemrose on Friday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Available exclusively to industry workers showing proof of current employment at the local restaurants closed due to tornado damage. They are also invited to bring their children.


Mane & Rye Dinerant at Hutton Hotel is open and offering free wifi access, recharging, and discounts on all meals. The hotel is also offering special rates for Nashville residents affected by the tornadoes.

Bode Nashville is offering a relief rate exclusively for Nashville residents affected by last night’s tornado. The local downtown hotel will be offering 25% off though the end of the month. To book, residents can visit, and use promo code SAVE25.

Moxy Nashville Vanderbilt is offering special rate hotel rooms for anyone displaced by the storms, which includes parking fees, for $127. Call the hotel to book.

Graduate Nashville is offering special room rates for those that have been displaced, plus complimentary drip coffee at Poindexter, WiFi, and access to chargers and outlets throughout the hotel’s lobby.

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville is offering a discounted rate of $129 plus tax, for locals who have been displaced by the tornadoes. Reservations can be made by directly calling David May, at 615-986-9207.

Dine Out to Donate

Dallas & Jane in Murfreesboro is donating 10% of all sales this week to help the restaurants and staff affected by the tornadoes.

Ellington’s and the Fairlane Hotel remain open are helping support The Community Foundation’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund by donating a portion of every dinner/late night bite order to the cause starting Wednesday, March 4. Ellington’s Executive Chef Kristin Beringson and her team are also in the planning stages of hosting a benefit dinner in the coming weeks to help the victims of the tornado.

During dinner service on Wednesday, March 4 at Pastaria Nashville, a portion of all food sales will be donated toward Nashville’s disaster relief.

Pearl Diver is donating a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, March 4 to the families of Albree Sexton and Mike Dolfini, a couple and industry workers in East Nashville who tragically, lost their lives together in the storm. You can also donate online to their families here.

Redheaded Stranger offered free burgers for 3 days, then returned to normal operating hours, but is still collecting donations.

Setsun will operate their normal hours this weekend at Sky Blue Cafe on the East side, donating the proceeds from all oyster sales to the service industry relief fund.

Tennessee Brew Works is still open and also helping support The Community Foundation’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund by donating $1 for every pint and $3 for every pitcher sold to the cause. This fundraising initiative continues all week, including throughout their biggest event of the year, Saturday’s 5th Annual Crawfish Boil. Over 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event at the Tennessee Brew Works Taproom, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with plenty of beer flowing, crawfish to eat, and live music to enjoy.

Temporary Employment Opportunities for Displaced Service Industry Workers

Anzie Blue, the new wellness coffee shop on Harding Pike, is supporting employees of businesses affected by the tornado by offering temporary work. Open interviews will be held between 9-11 a.m. on Sunday at Anzie Blue: 4239 Harding Pike, Suite 4. Those interested can also email They are also accepting dropoff donations for the Community Resource Center.

For any service industry worker looking for how they can pick up the pieces financially the next few week, Nicoletto’s posted that they lots of open shifts, full and part-time jobs available. “We’d love to have you, even if it is just temporary to get through until the next gig or whenever your main gig opens back up. Please reach out to or and we’ll make something happen.”

*Midnight Tornado Damages Multiple Restaurants and Bars in Nashville [ENASH]

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