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The Electric Jane opened in February.
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A Running List of New Restaurant Openings in Nashville, 2022

The newest notable restaurants across Nashville, promising prix fixe seafood tasting menus, “power brunch,” and a one-stop-shop for sundaes, cocktails, and breakfast sandwiches

Nashville’s dining scene in 2022 continues to rebound, maintaining a path of recovery that began last year with the near-weekly opening of new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. To know which are worth visiting, here Eater tracks Nashville businesses to open in 2022, including an all-day cafe by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; a prix fixe seafood restaurant serving 14-course tasting menus; and a one-stop-shop for ice cream, sundaes, (spiked) milkshakes, cocktails, and breakfast sandwiches.

Below is a running roundup of the notable restaurant and bar openings to know each month since January 2022, arranged (mostly) chronologically. This list will be updated often; if there’s an opening in your neighborhood that we’ve missed, please let us know at nashville@eater.com.


April

The 32-seat dining room at Germantown’s new Acqua.
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Acqua by RJ Cooper

James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper opened his second Germantown restaurant at the end of March, right next door to his swanky American restaurant Saint Stephen. Acqua offers an Italian-style progressive tasting menu of 14 to 16 courses that are all seafood (aside from one) served in a bright, minimalist space. Reservations are required for Acqua’s pricey, fine-dining format ($150 per person), but ties are not.


March

Spicy Boy’s

Spicy Boy’s is now serving Cajun and Creole classics like shrimp po’boys, chicken and andouille gumbo, Natchitoches meat pies, and beignets in a historic East Nashville home, debuting in the Maxwell neighborhood on March 5. The restaurant, at 924 Mcferrin Avenue, comes from Baton Rouge-native and Loyola graduate Justen Gardner Cheney — a full bar serves frozen daiquiris, a Louisiana restaurant essential. Spicy Boy’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

The Nashville Sundae Club

The Gulch neighborhood now has a one-stop-shop for ice cream, sundaes, (spiked) milkshakes, coffee, cocktails, and breakfast sandwiches with The Nashville Sundae Club (335 11th Ave S., Nashville). The all-day cafe from the group behind Adele’s and 404 Kitchen serves a menu split into three sections: “The Ice Cream Club” (banana split sundaes and Fruity Pebbles milkshakes); “The Breakfast Club” (muffins, cinnamon rolls, eggy sandwiches, cappuccinos, and lattes); and “The Cocktail Club” (Old Fashioneds, frose, and mimosas). Opening hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pink Hermit by Jean-Georges

Michelin-starred restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened his dainty, morning-to-night cafe, The Pink Hermit by Jean-Georges, a casual counterpart to his Drusie & Darr, the Hermitage hotel’s months-old flagship restaurant. The versatile cafe, open weekdays to start from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (231 6th Ave N., Nashville), brings downtown grab-and-go coffees, pastries, and takeout-friendly sandwiches and salads, as well as a sit-down dinner menu designed for pre-and post- theater meet-upsbar snacks, French wines by the glass, and cocktails like a raspberry lychee bellini and a Plymouth gin cucumber martini.


February

Inside Boqueria.
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Boqueria

The highly-anticipated Nashville outpost of Spanish tapas spot Boqueria landed in late February, bringing its famed menu of pan con tomate, grilled octopus, patatas bravas, and paella de mariscos to downtown’s behemoth dining and retail destination Fifth + Broadway. The 6,800 square foot, 150-seat restaurant at 5005 Broadway Place is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.

The Electric Jane

The Electric Jane is a “collaborative dining and live entertainment experience” from hospitality veterans Jason Scoppa and Sam Bakhshandehpour. Located at 1301 Division Street in the Gulch, the restaurant promises a “high-energy” power brunch alongside eclectic and expansive dinner and late-night menus, with dinner options like tuna crispy rice, steak tartare, edamame falafel, and Parisian gnocchi. Electric Jane opens for dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and for brunch on weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


January

Velvet Taco opened in January.
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Velvet Taco

Velvet Taco, the ever-expanding popular Dallas-based taco mini-chain, opened in Nashville January, bringing a rainbow of quirky tacos and queso — all available late-night and via drive-thru — to Midtown. For those who dine in, there are also margaritas on offer, plus a fun heated patio for people-watching. Velvet Taco Midtown is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Acqua by RJ Cooper

1300 3rd Avenue North, , TN 37208 (615) 974-0121 Visit Website

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