oprah winfrey-backed restaurant coming to nashville this fall

downloadyou get a restaurant and you get restaurant and you get a restaurant! a phoenix-based restaurant chain, now financially backed by oprah winfrey, is opening a location in nashville this fall.

“i love bringing people together over a good meal,” winfrey said in a statement. “when i first dined at true food kitchen, i was so impressed with the team’s passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that i knew i wanted to be part of the company’s future.”  true food kitchen is a health-conscious brand with 23 locations in 10 states. with oprah’s financial muscle, they hope to aggressively double their numbers in the next three years. truefoodkitchen-yourway-vegan

one look at their website and you realize their entire philosophy is based on the foundation of food that makes you feel better, not worse. their menu focuses solely on anti-inflammatory meals and cocktails.

the self-made billionaire is no stranger to nashville. oprah spent her formative high school years in east nashville where her dad still owns a barbershop (he’s cut hair there for 52 years). she had a full scholarship to TSU and while still in school, became the youngest co-anchor at 19 (as well as the first black co-anchor) for nashville’s CBS affiliate.

true food kitchen opens in green hills in september. | 3994 hillsboro pike

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this summer’s movies around the city

the 24th year of movies in the park kicks off this thursday may 31. sponsored by the nashville scene with the support of the metropolitan board of parks & recreation and recognized as one of nashville’s best annual events, movies in the park is free thursdays in june at elmington park:

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june 7 wonder woman

june 14 legally blond

june 21 the greatest showman

games and give aways start at 5:00.  the movie typically starts at sundown (roughly around 8:00).  a long train of food trucks will be there as well so bring a blanket and plan to settle in for the evening under the stars.

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zoovies at the park, brought to you by the nashville zoo and southern icee, has moana friday may 25. with inflatables, games, crafts, music, and after-hours access to the carousel and the soaring eagle zip line, it promises all the family fun you can handle. activities begin at 6pm and movies start at sunset.  members get in free or it’s $6 for non-members after 6pm. their next movie will be august 31 featuring zootopia.

 

if you need a little more sophistication, movies at the schermerhorn might be for you. may 24-27 will feature harry potter and the goblet of fire with the award-winning nashville symphony. tickets available online.

metro approves new 11-story gulch hotel

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i will try to save you my “i remember when” story of the gulch but it is fascinating to see how quickly it has gone from being an old train yard to one of the only LEED certified green neighborhoods in the country and the only one in the south when it was certified in 2009.

almost 10 years later, the neighborhood has flourished with office space, retail, residential and a thriving restaurant scene. this week, metro approved plans for a new 11-story boutique hotel on 11th avenue south across from kayne prime steakhouse. the developer is coincidentally chris hyndman, the founder and ceo of m street whose portfolio include kayne prime and a host of other neighboring restaurants nearby (saint anejo, virago, moto, whiskey kitchen and tavern).

currently a surface parking at the intersection of mcgavock and 11th avenue south, the 112-room eleventh house will feature a pub, upscale restaurant, juice bar, rooftop bar + grill with city views and a 7,000 square foot luxury spa. amenities will also include a 32,000 square foot fitness facility and a rooftop pool and lounge. the hotel is being designed by hastings architecture.

hyndman is shooting for a fall groundbreaking with completion summer 2020.

three upcoming affordable condo developments

in the ever-changing urban core landscape, the convenience, the location, the land is all coming more and more at a premium. sure, everyone would love to walk to work or bike somewhere on the weekends but that is becoming a luxury. affordability is harder to find. fortunately, though, if you’re searching for a condo, there are three new options in emerging neighborhoods that might fit the bill.

1-silo bend

centennial blvd.it will sit in the shadow of a 200-foot tall grain silo and at the bend of the cumberland river on the west side of town; hence, they got creative and named it silo bend.  due for completion in summer 2019 and officially being rolled out for pre-sale in april, prices for a one bedroom start around $175,000 and for 2 bedrooms, in the mid $200s. the 103-unit, 3-story community will include a pool + fitness center and only a stone’s throw from the chic new frothy monkey coffeehouse in the nations. that should check a few boxes right off the bat. |5500 centennial blvd

2-boomerang

boomerang_art.5a8347451a862you do not have to go too far for the next contender: boomerang which will consist of two new, three-story buildings and sits across the street from silo bend in the nations. the larger of the two (which will be triangle-shaped) will include 8 condos (starting in the mid $200s) on the second and third floors with the ground floor offering street retail space. a late summer groundbreaking is the current game plan. | 5403 centennial blvd

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segment-cam1-3-1-segment, the newest development in wedgewood-houston, will be 26 flats and 8 townhomes on the corner of pillow and merritt. no amenities but prices start at $239k. with the potential new mls soccer stadium being built there, the former baseball stadium being torn down to make way for a huge green space/park, and a slew of new coffee shops and restaurants in the works, wedgewood-houston, or “weho”, is emerging as one of the hottest new neighborhoods in the urban core.

an innovative 3d dining experience comes to nashville for a limited run

IMG_2758it’s no secret anymore the visibility of nashville’s food scene has been raised. in recent months, the city has been included in top culinary lists from the likes of usa today, zagattravel + leisure,  and garden & gun.

this weekend, nashvillians will be the first in the US to experience an interactive pop-up dining concept at the standard. through a 6-course menu, dinner time stories: in the footsteps of marco polo, featuring le petit chef takes you on a unique journey with a tiny animated chef through france, arabia, india, the himalayan mountains and lastly, china, using 3d projections onto your table in front of you. patrons follow the 4-inch french chef through a two-hour, fully choreographed dining experience that explores the route of marco polo.

“we are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge dining experience to the US and debut the first show series in nashville, with las vegas, new york and los angeles on the immediate horizon for 2018,” said david fischette, president, CEO + chief creative of go west creative group.

originally created in brussels, the show will run at the historic standard downtown for six weeks beginning this weekend through march 17th. there will be one show on wednesdays and thursdays at 6:30pm and two shows on fridays and saturdays at 6 and 8:30pm. make reservations early here. tickets are $162.50 per person. | 167 rosa parks blvd