Little Rad opening in Belle Meade in early 2024
Amanda Frederickson, the force behind casual salad eatery Radish in Sylvan Park and Franklin, took to Instagram last week to announce the launch of her latest concept, Little Rad.
Taking over the former Hey Sugar spot in Belle Meade, Little Rad aims to be a quick-service neighborhood market serving coffee, pastries, breakfast, lunch, and both fresh and frozen takeaway dinner options from the Radish catalog of hits. The shop will also carry local produce and food items from Frederickson-approved brands. “I’ve been dreaming about opening a market with high quality, delicious food since even before we got to Nashville,” the cookbook author and former Williams Sonoma test kitchen chef explains on her Instagram reel.
As for Radish, Frederickson has introduced a few seasonal items on the menu including a ginger molasses cookie and the Rad Harvest salad with grilled Springer Farms chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, goat cheese, walnuts, hummus, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
Little Rad is slated to open in early 2024 at 6045 TN-100.
Just a purely indulgent omakase experience at Present Tense
After quietly testing the concept for a few months, Present Tense has finally debuted its omakase experience to the public, launching service this past Friday, November 10. The Wedgewood Houston modern-day izakaya unveiled an intimate six-seat omakase bar inside the space where guests can experience a 12-course tasting menu curated and prepared by chef and co-owner Ryan Costanza. There are also optional wine and sake pairings (using the partner’s own Pure Land sake) to complement the food. While the menu items change frequently, some of the dishes offered during the testing phase included tsukune yakitori with foie gras, burnt pumpkin topped with caviar, and Hokkaido scallop with truffle dashi.
The omakase counter is open every Friday and Saturday, with two seatings per night — the first at 6:00 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Cost per person is $170 with an additional $60 for an abridged wine and sake pairing and $120 for a full pairing. Reservations can be made here.
Little Sister wine dinner with Maneet Chauhan
Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale House) and Brian Riggenbach (The Mockingbird) are hosting a four-course wine dinner on Tansuo’s upper mezzanine to launch Little Sister, a collaborative wine created by The Trotter Project, Brooks Winery, and Morph Hospitality in honor of the late chef Charlie Trotter. The pinot noir blend will be sold at Morph Hospitality restaurants starting in November, with sales proceeds benefiting The Trotter Project’s mission.
The 21-and-over wine dinner kicks off at 6 p.m. and costs $125 per person, including wine, dinner, tax, and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased here.
Paying It Forward program at 1 Kitchen
Starting this month, 1 Kitchen will be covering the bills of randomly selected guests who dine at the restaurant and will ask them to reciprocate by carrying out their own acts of kindness. The restaurant will encourage guests to share how they paid it forward by posting on Instagram with the hashtag #platformforchange, and one person will be selected at the end of the year to win a complimentary one-night stay at 1 Hotel Nashville.
Charitable actions can be anything that gives back to the community in some way — their site suggests donating used guitar strings to Strings for Hope, volunteering at Urban Green lab, or dedicating a tree to be planted with the Tennessee Environmental Council.
More details can be found here.
Garth Brooks’ new honky tonk opens on Black Friday
After sleeping off the Thanksgiving tryptophan boost, you can now plan on taking your visiting out-of-towners to Friends in Low Places, Garth Brooks’ new Broadway honky tonk. Opening on November 24 at 411 Broadway, Brooks will celebrate the unveiling of his new venture with a private concert for fans.
While most of the details of the venue have been kept quiet, Brooks has engaged industry juggernaut Strategic Hospitality (Bastion, The Patterson House, Locust, Kisser) to launch the three-story, 40,000-square-foot space.
The venue, located in the former Downtown Sporting Club space, has yet to announce details on the food and beverage menu.