Nashville’s food scene was straight up hot fire in 2016.
Neighborhoods like Germantown, East Nashville, Sylvan Heights and The Nations saw a boom in new restaurants and bars. And by the looks of it, 2017 is on track to keep that boom going.
So, what exactly does Nashville’s food and drink landscape look like for 2017? We’ve scoured through some of our favorite new concepts and expansions set to open in the coming year and officially teased and tortured our tastebuds in the process.
From vibey bars to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, here’s what we’ll be salivating over this year.
Chef Dan Forberg has transformed a former Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits restaurant in Inglewood into a vibey, eclectic food-forward lounge. Forberg’s Inglewood Lounge will offer up a “bold and concise” menu as well as creative, affordable cocktails, cheap beers and wines.
WHERE: 3914 GALLATIN PIKE
WHEN: EARLY JANUARY
INGLEWOOD LOUNGE | INSTAGRAM
THE ROSEMARY AND THE BEAUTY QUEEN
With only the cryptic letters of “R&BQ” painted on the side of a building in 5 Points in East Nashville, details about The Rosemary and The Beauty Queen have been under wraps throughout the year. But The Tennessean’s Nate Rau cracked the code after reporting that a two-part bar and restaurant concept would be opening at 1102 Forrest Ave. The concepts are being funded by a list of local musicians, bartenders and restaurant managers.
WHEN: JANUARY 2017
WHERE: 1102 FORREST AVENUE | MAP IT
Originally slated to open summer 2016, Manhattan’s Lower East Side cocktail bar Attaboy’s opening date has been pushed back. The bar will be located at 8 McFerrin Ave. behind retail shop Two Son. According to a release, patrons can expect outdoor seating and no reservations at the East Nashville speakeasy. And based on the rendering, there won’t be any flashing neon signs to guide you inside, hence the whole speakeasy thing.
WHEN: TBD 2017
WHERE: EAST NASHVILLE: 8 MCFERRIN AVENUE | MAP IT
Strategic Hospitality (the peeps behind Pinewood Social, Catbird Seat and more) will be bringing a new oyster bar and restaurant focused on seasonal cooking to Germantown this winter. Eater Nashville reports that Chef Julia Sullivan and Allie Poindexter have partnered with Strategic Hospitality to open Henrietta Red in the historic neighborhood.
WHEN: EARLY 2017
WHERE: GERMANTOWN: 1200 4th AVENUE NORTH | MAP IT
Good news for those of you who like it hot. Hattie B’s is set to open a third location in Nashville in 2017. The hot chicken joint currently has a location in Midtown and in West Nashville.
WHEN: TBD 2017
WHERE: MONROE STREET AND ROSA L. PARKS BOULEVARD | MAP IT
Restauranteur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes is set to open not one, but two concepts in the dining hot spot of Germantown this year. According to the Nashville Post, Pontes (co-owner of Dino’s in East Nashville) will open a new restaurant called Geist inside the former John Geist Blacksmith Shop. Details are scarce on the project, but it’s definitely something we’ll be keeping an eye on.
WHEN: TBA 2017
WHERE: 311 JEFFERSON ST | MAP IT
Also housed in the former John Geist Blacksmith Shop, Lulu is Pontes’ second new concept coming to Germantown. Pontes told the Nashville Post that Lulu is “inspired by Venice Beach eateries.”
WHEN: TBA 2017
WHERE: 311 JEFFERSON STREET | MAP IT
Speaking of scarce details, here’s what we know about an unnamed trolley bar concept coming to Germantown: it’s a bar with a trolley inside of it. According to plans submitted to Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission earlier this year, the 2,245-square-foot building with said trolley inside of it will be a new restaurant and bar. And the main focal point? A 119-seat “trolley bar.” The restaurant is located across from The Skillery at 1322 6th Ave. N. and is being built on what was vacant land between two historic buildings near the corner of 6th Avenue and Taylor Street. It’s also part of a “3 project development,” according to Metro Nashville Historic Zoning Commission documents. | READ MORE
WHERE: 1322 6th Ave. N. | MAP IT
PHOTO: SLIM & HUSKY’S/FACEBOOK
SLIM AND HUSKY’S PIZZA
Pizza and beer. We’re already sold. Fast-casual pizza restaurant Slim & Husky’s will offer a build your own pizza experience along Buchanan Street in Salemtown as well as craft beer from Nashville breweries. Look for custom made windows and doors from Kidd Epps Art Shop once the restaurant opens.
WHERE: 911 BUCHANAN STREET | MAP IT
THE NATIONS/SYVLAN PARK/WEST NASHVILLE
FAT BOTTOM BREWERY
Fat Bottom Brewery is getting ready to double its size from its former East Nashville location to 33,000 square feet once it calls 800 44th Ave. N. home. Expect a spacious beer garden, brewpub, taproom and restaurant called the “The Hop Yard” once they settle into their new digs in The Nations. Read more
WHEN: EARLY 2017
WHERE: THE NATIONS: 800 44th AVENUE NORTH | MAP IT
HUGH-BABY’S BBQ AND BURGER SHOP
Riding on the success of Martin’s BBQ Joint, which just opened a new location in Louisville, Pat Martin is taking a different spin on things with a new concept coming to West Nashville. Nashville Eater reports that Martin will open Hugh-Baby’s BBQ and Burger Shop at 4816 Charlotte Ave. in the former Porter Road Butcher West Nashville location. The fast food style restaurant will focus on burgers, shakes, fries as well as BBQ favorites with “an emphasis on Memphis-style flavor profiles,” Nashville Eater reports. Breakfast items will be available on the menu as well.
WHEN: APRIL 2017
WHERE: 4816 Charlotte Ave. | MAP IT
FIVE POINTS PIZZA
It’s true, East Nashville pizza joint Five Points Pizza will be slingin’ slices on the West Side and we’re so not worthy. The restaurant will lease a 4,600-square-foot space within the new mixed-use Sylvan Station building at 4100 Charlotte Ave. in Sylvan Heights, which is set to open in late 2017, according to a press release. The new location, “will offer an expanded dining room, an outdoor patio, and a counter side to streamline carry out operations and provide space for large orders,” according to a press release. | READ MORE
WHEN: LATE 2017
WHERE: 4100 Charlotte Ave. | MAP IT
TAQUERIA DEL SOL
Featured in Bon Appétit Magazine and Food Network, popular 12South restaurant Taqueria Del Sol is set to serve up its Southern, Mexican and Southwestern dishes at a second Nashville location in 2017. According to the Nashville Business Journal, the new spot will be housed inside a 3,500-square-foot space located next to M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers.
WHERE: 4500 Charlotte Ave. | MAP IT
EIO & THE HIVE
EiO & THE HIVE, a restaurant, market and community gathering space, is slated to open in early 2017 on the border of The Nations and Sylvan Park at 5304 Charlotte Ave. (across from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip and Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge). The space was formerly home to Lucky Corner Discount & Smoke Shop. According to the restaurant’s website, EiO, which stands for “everything is organic,” will focus on healthy food “that was created by someone instead of something.”
WHEN: EARLY 2017
WHERE: SYLVAN PARK: 5304 CHARLOTTE AVENUE | MAP IT
After outgrowing its space at East Nashville’s POP Nashville, Little Octopus will be stretching out its tentacles in a new space in The Gulch. Earlier this year, POP Nashville owners Sarah and Brad Gavigan announced they would be moving the restaurant to the former Ru San’s Sushi space at 505 12th Ave. S. with chef Dan Herget leading the kitchen. Once it settles in, the restaurant will be within arm’s reach from sister restaurant Otaku Ramen located at 1104 Division St. Little Octopus received some mad props from Southern Living earlier this year, which named the restaurant as one of the “South’s Best New Restaurants.”
WHEN: JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017
WHERE: 505 12th Ave. S. | MAP IT
After the success of Chauhan Ale & Masala House as well as Mantra Artisan Ales, Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan is set to open two new concepts in Nashville. The first concept, The Mockingbird, will be a modern diner concept “featuring comfort foods creatively executed with a unique global spin,” according to The Mockingbird’s website. (Look out for the adult milkshakes.) Read more
WHEN: EARLY 2017
WHERE: THE GULCH: 121A 12th Ave. North | MAP IT
Morph Hospitality Group, the team behind Chauhan Ale & Masala House, is bringing a new Asian-inspired restaurant to Nashville called Tànsuŏ, according to Morph Hospitality Group. “Meaning ‘to explore’ in Cantonese, Tànsuŏ will serve as an exploration of contemporary Chinese cuisine reminiscent of China’s night markets and traditional street fare,” according to Tànsuŏ’s website. | READ MORE
WHEN: EARLY 2017
WHERE: THE GULCH: 123 12th Ave. N. | MAP IT
Hopdoddy Burger Bar will takeover the former Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewing Co. in Hillsboro Village, according to Eater Nashville. Eater says the co-owners of the Austin-based Hopdoddy have signed a 10-year lease for the first floor of 1805 21st Ave. S. Bosco’s closed about two years ago and has sat vacant ever since. The burger chain has been featured in Food & Wine, GQ, Buzzfeed, Food Network and has more than a dozen locations throughout Texas, California, Arizona and Colorado.
WHERE: 1805 21st Ave. S. | MAP IT
The super-popular Nashville food truck The Grilled Cheeserie is getting ready to melt your mind and your tastebuds with a new brick and mortar location in Hillsboro Village. An opening date should be coming very soon for the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich shop. We’ll keep you posted.
WHERE: 2001 Belcourt Ave. | MAP IT
SOLER SISTERS PROJECT
Sisters Alexis and Britt Soler, owners of Edgehill Village’s Old Glory and East Nashville’s No. 308, are brewing up a new project for a former church property in the crazy-fast growing Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, according to the Nashville Post. The Nashville Post reported that the sisters have signed a lease for the former Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church, 509 Houston St., located across the street from Fort Houston and restaurant and bar Bastion. According to the Nashville Post, no additional details are being revealed about the project but we’ll for sure be keeping our eyes peeled.
WHERE: 509 Houston St. | MAP IT