Nashville and its restaurants have experienced so many repeat setbacks over the last 13 months — so it’s always refreshing to see a comeback story like the reopening of Smith & Lentz in early March.
Last March, Smith & Lentz was one of the dozens of Nashville restaurants affected by the devastating tornado — the brewery sat right along its path on Main Street in East Nashville. According to owner Kurt Smith, about 20 percent of their Main Street building, as well as the entire electrical service, plumbing, and sprinkler systems were all destroyed in the storm.
The team spent almost a full year to the date recovering from the damages at their building, but reopened with a brand new look, inside and out, on March 2 — with the addition of a standout pizza program that always has many buzzing around town. Prior to the tornado and pandemic, the brewery served popcorn and allowed visitors to bring their own snacks. That’s no more — but that’s okay because there are plenty of pies to work your way through.
On the new menu from chef Chris DeJonge (formerly of Rolf & Daughters), find a selection of 16-inch handcrafted, wood-fired pizzas like the classic red pie with crushed tomato, garlic, and olive oil or the pepperoni-studded variety drizzled with hot honey. Rotating specials are also on offer each week. The difference here is in the dough — which DeJonge treats with “bread sensibilities” and results in a Neapolitan-meets-NY style pie. The crust has a distinct chew and crunch, with plenty of char from the fast wood-fire.
Beyond the star-of-the-show pies, find ricotta dip with house sourdough, shaved Brussels, and green salad with honey yogurt dressing, plus warm olives and banana bread — of course all accompanied by S&L’s popular selection of lager (especially pilsners) and hop-driven IPA.
Smith & Lentz Brewing is now open for indoor, outdoor dining, and takeout. Masks are required when standing. Order online for pick-up.
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