Guy Fieri, the platinum-haired host of cross-country eating bonanza Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and self-proclaimed mayor of Flavortown, just launched a new location of delivery-only Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen just south of Nashville in Franklin.
For delivery only, fans can order the sort of flavor-blasted Americana cuisine Fieri is known for — burgers overstuffed with bacon and mac and cheese, fried chicken sandwiches, and fried pickles. And of course, there is plenty of Donkey Sauce. See the full menu here. To place an order with Flavortown in Franklin, visit the website here.
That brings the tally to two Flavortown locations in Tennessee, this new one in Franklin/Cool Springs and the other in Knoxville. Fieri’s ghost kitchen chain, opened in partnership with Robert Earl, king of themed restaurants, now has restaurants in 31 states, plus Washington, D.C. The Flavortowns (Flavorstown?) mostly operate out of the kitchens of restaurants, such as Buca di Beppo , Brio Italian Grille, Bravo Italian Kitchen, and Bertucci’s. The Cool Springs ghost kitchen appears to be running out of Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant at 1722 Galleria Blvd in Franklin.
Worth mentioning: Fieri spent a lot of his time during the pandemic raising money and advocating for restaurant workers — and feeding firefighters in Northern California. Fieri raised $21.5 million for a relief fund with the National Restaurant Association, from which restaurant workers could apply for $500 grants. While places like Buca di Beppo are hardly independent restaurants, presumably Fieri’s restaurant concept keeps some members of the service industry employed at a time when restaurant work is precarious.
Here in Nashville, it appears Fieri still (eventually) plans to open Chicken Guy! in downtown Nashville, just steps away from where Nashville’s Christmas Day bomb damaged dozens of buildings, as a plastic “coming soon” sign still drapes the future site at Second Avenue and Commerce Street.