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Downtown gets a new elevated neighborhod hang in the form of the Finch.
The Finch

Nashville’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings, Fall 2023

On the radar: a barbershop speakeasy, funky donuts from Portland, and a scene-y NYC import

Jackie Gutierrez-Jones is the editor of Eater Nashville. She has over a decade of experience writing, editing, and leading content teams in the food, drink, travel, and tech space.

Nashville’s culinary star is still firmly on the rise. An increasing number of big-name industry figures from around the country have set their sights on Music City, expanding with new restaurants and bars in downtown and the Gulch, primarily. Add to that the homegrown businesses that aim to keep local flavor alive, and it can be hard to keep track of what to look forward to. To help, Eater Nashville breaks down the city’s most anticipated restaurants each season so diners can keep an eye on the hottest new openings in town.

For fall 2023, we’re tracking six exciting spots — a popular NYC-born speakeasy hidden behind a barbershop; a high-end Asian fusion powerhouse with outposts in NYC and Washington, D.C.; and a Memphis eatery that wraps its tomahawks in 24-karat gold.

Blind Barber

606 8th Avenue South, the Gulch

Barbershop by day and cocktail lounge by night, Blind Barber currently has outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philly, and soon, Nashville. During the day, you can walk into the barbershop for a haircut, shave, blow-dry-and-style, or a hangover treatment that comes with a complimentary cocktail. But when the sun sets, you’ll want to pop in the back for a speakeasy experience with killer cocktails — like the Strawberry Fields with vodka, Cocchi Rosa, Strega, strawberry, and lemon — and small bites set to curated sets spun by local DJs.

A red-hued bar and celing with chairs lined up against the bar.
Look for the speakeasy located behind the Blind Barber storefront.
Blind Barber
A cocktail in a collins glass sitting on a bar with a mint garnish.
One of Blind Barber’s creative cocktails concoctions.
Blind Barber

The Finch

111 10th Avenue South, #310, Downtown

Milkshake Concepts is gearing up to launch yet another restaurant that’ll join Layer Cake and Harper’s Steakhouse in its Nashville roster. The Finch, a neighborhood bar and grill, is positioning itself as a go-to spot for downtown business lunches, weeknight happy hours, and casual date night dinners. An extensive bar adorned by tile and brass will anchor the bright space, which plans on dishing up shellfish towers, meatballs, steak frites, and oysters on the half-shell.

Two hands serving a dollop of blue crab dip onto a waffle toast point.
Blue crab dip with waffle toast points.
The Finch

Supper Club on Belcourt

2000 Belcourt Avenue, Hillsboro Village

On the heels of a successful opening in Memphis, Supper Club is launching a second outpost in Hillsboro Village this fall. With a nod to the swanky supper clubs of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Nashville location has a few playful surprises up its sleeve, like a 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk steak that comes with the option of being wrapped in edible 24-karat gold, a bone-in chicken breast stuffed with four different kinds of cheese, and cocktails with edible flower ice cubes and blackberry-infused whiskey.

fried chicken on a black plate with a set of utensils on the site.
One of the new dishes at Supper Club.
Supper Club on Belcourt

Philippe Chow

209 10th Avenue, Downtown

New York’s opulent Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow is bringing its iconic and notoriously scene-y brand (Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Adam Sandler are fans) to a 10,000-square-foot space in the Station District. The menu will feature many of the same Beijing-style dishes that are popular at the flagship location in Uptown Manhattan, including salt and pepper lobster, wok-prepared crispy beef, and an array of dumplings. The cocktail program, spearheaded by Amir Babayoff, riffs off the classics, like a tropical Old Fashioned made with coconut, banana, and cacao.

six dumplings in a steamer sitting on a white plate with “Philippe” written in cursive.
Dumplings are a menu favorite at Philippe Chow.
Philippe Chow
Lobster claws in a rich sauce presented in a white plate with a the “Philippe” logo on it
Philippe Chow’s family-style dishes are influenced by Beijing.
Philippe Chow

Tiger Bar

2909B Gallatin Pike, East Nashville

Taking over the former Walden space in East Nashville, Tiger Bar is what happens when P.T. Barnum gets his hands on a modern-day saloon. The retro circus-themed bar comes courtesy of the Pearl Diver crew — you can enjoy your cocktail in one of the booths fashioned to look like a sideshow railcar before trying your luck at a Zoltar machine that indiscriminately pops out free drink tickets. Rumor has it you might even encounter the occasional sword swallower roaming the bar.

Voodoo Doughnut/Kitty Hawk/The Titans Press Box

Nashville International Airport (BNA), 1 Terminal Drive

Dining options at BNA will get a considerable boost thanks to three new restaurants from Strategic Hospitality. Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut will bring its bacon maple bar to the visiting Nashville masses, while the neighboring Kitty Hawk will feature fast-casual food options along with coffee drinks and cocktails. Across the way from Kitty Hawk, the upscale Titans Press Box will be the first Tennessee Titans-licensed restaurant with made-to-order dishes, cocktails, and an expansive wine list.