Right in time for cardigans-and-hot-cocoa season, the Library Cafe has opened its doors in Germantown. Noah Payne, a barista and baker who previously spent time at the Gulch’s Milk & Honey, and Josh Ramsey, who brings an accounting and business background to the operation, have taken over a historic home in the neighborhood and turned it into the cafe equivalent of a warm hug.
The cafe is also part bookshop, where guests can pick up a few good tomes (along with artist-made mugs) while snuggling up on one of the vintage couches with a cup of Crema coffee, a variety of teas, and made-from-scratch pastries like orange honey scones and biscuits. The cafe is open at 1319 6th Avenue North every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Wednesdays.
‘Tis the season for more coffee news
8th & Roast (8&R) recently completed construction of its custom roasting facility and training lab, located at 2637 Grandview Avenue. The 4,000-square-foot building houses roasting operations, wholesale and direct-to-consumer fulfillments, team meeting space, and a tailor-made training lab. The training lab will allow an expansion of 8&R’s coffee education program, not just for its staff knowledge, but for the public to experience its curated coffee education courses.
The Nashville-based coffee shop and roastery also opened the doors to a new full-service coffee shop in The Broadview at Vanderbilt with specialty its signature espresso drinks, slow-brewed coffees, house-made breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and snacks. The new location is open daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Vui’s Juice Café gets a Gulch outpost
Vui and John Hunt, founders of Vui’s Kitchen and I Love Juice Bar, have opened a second location of Vui’s Juice Café in the Gulch. The cafe is located at 222 11th Ave S — their first juice cafe location opened in Berry Hill back in July. On the menu: fresh juices, acai bowls, superfood smoothies, Vui’s BLT, boba tea, hot lattes, and a cold brew brown sugar latte. The cafe, which features locally grown microgreens and local snack options, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Get a rooftop beard trim and some booze for No Shave November
Blind Barber, the Gulch’s newest speakeasy/barber shop, is partnering up with Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel for No Shave November. The rooftop destination will be hosting the Blind Barber crew for two nights — November 1 and 29. From 6 to 8 p.m. on November 1, you can enjoy cocktails and complimentary products from Blind Barber to kick off your facial hair journey. Come back at the end of the month (November 29), for fresh cleanups from the Blind Barber crew, custom cocktails, and the opportunity for your impressive new mutton chops to win a VIP table at Harriet’s, plus a set of products from Blind Barber. Get the details here.
A picnic dedicated to fried chicken and Champagne
Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville is hosting its first-ever “Chicken & Champagne” picnic. The fundraising event will offer picnic baskets for two filled with four pieces of fried chicken, seasonal sides, bread, desserts, and Champagne, prepared by some of Nashville’s renowned female chefs and purveyors including Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House), Tamara Kelly (Prince’s Hot Chicken), and Deb Paquette (Etch and Etc.).
The event will be hosted on Bloomsbury Farm on November 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. — guests are encouraged to bring blankets and camp chairs for the picnic. Batched cocktails will also be available for purchase at an additional cost. Entry costs $150 and includes a picnic for two, packaged in a take-home branded insulated canvas bag. Tickets can be purchased here.