Nashville is absolutely bustling with exciting new restaurant openings this month — it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all.
Enter this quick roundup of some of the most recent ones — from the rebirth of tornado-destroyed Nashville Urban Winery under a different name to a stunning Spanish spot from Siege Hospitality.
Tyler Alkins’ Nashville Urban Winery, which debuted in 2018 and was destroyed in the March 2020 tornado, has been reborn with Alkins’ wine label’s name Love and Exile, and it has a fancy new look and food offerings. The always hip spot celebrates its grand opening on Friday, September 24, with doors opening at 4 p.m. at the same 715 Main Street location in East Nashville. Much adored Ricey & Co. catering will be a permanent Monday night fixture — so definitely add that to the calendar to sample sushi rolls and other offerings. Born out of Alkins love of wine and the threat of exile, Tyler Alkins had to start a new business or be forced to leave the place he called home in Nashville and be deported back to Canada. So he decided to do what he always dreamed of doing: make wine.
Maher Fawaz of Siege Hospitality (Epice, Santo, Kalamatas) debuted a stunning Spanish spot recently in Sylvan Park, at 4401 Murphy Road. On the menu, look for cold tapas like Spanish olives and montadito, plus jamon Iberico and rotating cheese and charcuterie boards alongside hot dishes from fried artichokes and croquetas to papas bravas and octopus with spiced chorizo. Open Thursday through Monday from 5 to 9 p.m., the 2060-square-foot Madrid-inspired space seats 70 diners, and features an outdoor dining space.
12-time James Beard Award-nominated restaurateur Sam Fox’s destination establishment the Twelve Thirty Club, backed by investor Justin Timberlake, just opened its lovely Rooftop Bar where guests can sip under the stars and feast on weekend brunch with a killer view of Lower Broadway. The menu features an array of wine, champagne, beer, and cocktails, but also six frozen drinks including frose, pina coladas, lava flows, and sparkling slushies. There’s also swanky large-format lounge service available only by reservation. The Rooftop Bar opens at 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and at noon on Friday and Saturday. The Twelve Thirty Club’s Supper Club will open on September 28.
Downtown on Fourth Avenue between Church and Union Streets, Church and Union just opened, serving American cuisine from two-time Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch and chef Adam Hodgson. On the menu, find swanky seafood towers, French onion agnolotti, and a Kurobuta pork chop, plus confit Spanish octopus and a Certified Angus Beef AB porterhouse for two. The 5,900-square-foot space features a white concrete bar, camel velvet banquettes, chandeliers, and rotating floral arrangements, all sitting below all 11,450 handpainted words of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”. A giant Church & Union dollar bill is on display diagonally behind the bar, decked out with familiar faces Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. There are 134 seats inside, plus a 28-seat bar and 14-seat patio lining Fourth Avenue. The restaurant from Charlotte and Charleston-based 5th Street Group is the company’s first in Tennessee and the fifth in their portfolio, which includes 5Church Charlotte, La Belle Helene Charlotte, 5Church Charleston, and Tempest Charleston. Church and Union is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the bar scheduled to remain open late. Lunch and brunch services will be added at a later date.
Several restaurants have been highly awaited in the 12 South stretch — and the first to race to the finish was Emery, located in the former Royal dry cleaners site at 2500 12th Avenue South. From the owners of the Stillery, Steve and Alane Kovach, alongside restaurateurs Steve Sargent, Jeff Greenlee, and Sasha Qualkenbush — Emery is 3,900-square foot space, with open-air dining available. The menu, from veteran chef Sean Williams, leads off with starters like duck liver mousse, clams, and charred onion dip then graduates into vegetables from roasted beets and coconut ginger carrots to grilled Henosis mushroom toast. A handful of pizzas are on offer — from classics like spicy sausage or pepperoni to cacio e pepe and bagel-themed pies. Pasta is looking impressive here too — think crawfish tagliatelle and spicy bison Bolognese with gochujang, whipped ricotta, and basil tuile. Steaks and seafood plates round out the menu. Emery is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday currently but plans to open for brunch at a later date.
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