need five more things to be excited about this month? ok here we go:
1-mangia opens off 8th avenue south
what started as an italian pop-up restaurant in franklin on the weekends, mangia became a fantastic word-of-mouth culinary experience almost over night. i remember traveling down there for a friend’s birthday and sitting next to people i did not even know, passing around huge bowls of food as they came out. that’s the case especially if you were in a smaller party. with chef nick pellegrino at the helm, singing as he cooks, servers came out of the kitchen dancing and singing as well, serving up their family-style dishes. it became quite the italian dining experience. for me at the end of the day, it was little further than i wanted to travel for dinner so i was pretty stoked to hear they had secured a permanent space off 8th avenue south last fall.
mangia opened this past weekend (friday and saturday family-style dinners only right now). they will open during the week for lunch & dinner in two weeks, serving more italian street foods during the week (paninis, pizzas, sandwiches). | 701 craighead street 615.538.7456
2-nashville zoo’s soaring eagle
next week, the nashville zoo unveils the soaring eagle zip line. a new family friendly (of course) zip line ride that glides through the zoo at 110 feet in the air. there are only a few requirements:
- you must be 42″ tall
- riders 42″-47″ must be accompanied by an adult
- the 2 riders combined must weigh under 450 pounds
the ride costs 8 tokens ($1 each) and begins march 18th.
3-wedgewood houston secures a bongo java concept
the finery, a new mixed-use residential development going in the wedgewood-houston (weho) neighborhood, has landed a new bongo java concept on the street level. bongo bob told the nashville post he and his team are excited “to be part of another emerging neighborhood and that we’ll be creating another establishment that will be unique for this area.”
no word yet on the concept’s name or when it will open. the first phase of the finery is scheduled to be completed late summer. | 610 merritt
4-thompson hotel announces new gulch restaurants
recently named the #5 sexiest neighborhood in the country via thrillist, the gulch is ever growing. james beard award-winning chef john besh has partnered with the thompson hotel to oversee three new concepts in the gulch: the marsh house, a seafood restaurant which will be a tip of the hat to john’s southern upbringing, killebrew coffee, a fast casual breakfast & lunch spot, and a to-be-named rooftop bar.
nashville’s thompson hotel will open later this year.
5-old glory opens in edgehill
sitting in the former boiler room of the old white way cleaners, a new speakeasy called old glory has inconspicuously emerged in edgehill village near music row. a black door in the alley behind taco mamacita gets you inside.
the concept was created by sister alexis and britt stoler (who started east nashville’s no. 308) and their vision was carried out beautifully. with 60-foot ceilings, a huge smokestack in the corner, artfully painted touches by alic daniel, and the craftiest cocktails around, you will not be disappointed.