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Long Time Sylvan Park Staple McCabe’s Pub To Close After 41 Years

Plus, Arnold’s opens for lunch, M.L.Rose plans for three new locations, and more

A turkey melt sitting on a green plate placed upon a menu from McCabe’s Pub
McCabe Pub’s turkey melt.
McCabe’s Pub
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 staple McCabe’s Pub prepares for its last day of service

After 41 years, the family-owned and operated McCabe’s Pub will welcome guests for its final dining services in January 2024.

Opened in 1982 by John and Jo Dean, McCabe’s was named after the nearby city-owned golf course, a moniker that was recognizable to most locals outside of the Sylvan Park neighborhood. But what began as a sports bar soon evolved into a bonafide lunch-and-dinner establishment known for its welcoming atmosphere and comforting takes on American Southern cuisine. Locals filled McCabe’s seats for the pub’s popular char-grilled burgers and hand-cut fries, pan-fried trout, meat-and-three plates, home-style specials like meatloaf and casseroles, and homemade cakes.

In 2002, the Deans’ daughter Stefanie Dean Brown took the reigns from her parents, running the restaurant’s operations along with her sister Katie Dean Egbert.

McCabe’s Pub received numerous awards and accolades over their decades of business, winning titles like “Favorite Neighborhood Bar,” “Best Burger,” and “Best Dessert” throughout the years. The annual McCabe Pub Crawfish Boil also raised thousands of dollars and increased awareness for lymphangioleiomyomatosis and the LAM Foundation, leaving a mark on Nashville beyond its hospitality.

The restaurant, which is currently open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., has not announced a specific closing date outside of January 2024 but will keep the public updated via its Instagram account here.

Arnold’s Kitchen teases Nashville with new temporary lunch hours in January

After re-opening its doors during a surprise Thanksgiving comeback, Khalil Arnold announced that Arnold’s Country Kitchen will launch a “last farewell” tour.

Arnold’s Country Kitchen, opened by Jack and Rose Arnold in 1982, became a Nashville institution widely known for its Southern-style meat-and-three plates. It made several television appearances throughout the years with scenes in Somebody Feed Phil and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It also earned a James Beard American Classics award in 2009.

The restaurant, which closed its doors in January 2023 due to intense pressure from developers, will temporarily re-open in its former space for Monday through Saturday lunch service starting January 8th.

While the new official closing date of Arnold’s is unknown at the moment, Khalil Arnold is continuing his search throughout Middle Tennessee for a new location.

M.LRose announces third new location with expansion into Gallatin

Austin Ray, founder and CEO of M.LRose, recently announced that the local chain will open a location in Gallatin next year, located at 2145 Nashville Pike. This comes on the heels of recently shared expansion plans to Franklin and Inglewood in 2024 that will eventually bring the local burger and craft beer chain to seven greater Nashville locations in the next year. Guests can expect a similar aesthetic to the chain’s other locations, including a covered and heated patio for dining, a two-sided outdoor fireplace, and an indoor/outdoor turf area with space for kids to play and game day viewing.

January brings a new Italian tasting menu to Moto

Moto in the Gulch has unveiled a new chef’s tasting menu featuring five courses of the Italian restaurant’s iconic dishes and seasonal creations. For $138 for two, you can expect hits like Moto’s formaggi board, burrata and tomato, margherita pizza, black strozzapreti, and Affogato for dessert. The optional “Enoteca Experience,” priced at $35 per person, offers a four-course wine pairing to accompany the experience.

South Side Kitchen and Pub gets a new chef and brunch menu

South Side Kitchen & Pub, located at 2190 Nolensville Pike, recently announced the addition of new chef Shea Nichole, the former sous chef at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Las Vegas. Nichole brought her background as a pastry chef and baker to South Side’s brunch menu, which recently launched with an inventive menu that includes blackberry grilled cheese, donut burgers, chicken and waffles sliders, breakfast poutine, and Cajun chicken biscuits. Brunch is available Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

M.L.Rose Craft Burger & Beer

2535 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 (615) 712-8160 Visit Website

South Side Kitchen & Pub

2190 Nolensville Pike, , TN 37211 (615) 469-6868 Visit Website

Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Avenue South, , TN 37203 (615) 256-4455 Visit Website