6 dining spots shaping the gulch this fall

The_Mockingbird.0.0from celebrity chef maneet chauhan, the mockingbird promises to be “a classic diner with a global spin.” in a north gulch space long known for its late night music scene as anthem, mai and before that catatonic, mockingbird will sweep in offering something different to the spot, like frozen cocktails and adult milkshakes. | 125 12th avenue north

top chef maneet chauhan continues to gamble big on the nashville food scene: tànsuŏ, which means “to explore” in cantonese, will open later in 2016. sitting next to the mockingbird and maneet’s chauhan ale & masala house, the new asian eatery will offer up contemporary chinese cuisine at its best and she’s recruited brooklyn’s east wind snack shop chef/owner chris cheung to be in the driver’s seat. | 121 12th avenue north

texas-based del frisco grille will set up shop in their first nashville location in the next couple of months. sitting in a prime 10,000 sqft space on the street level of the new 15-story office building at the corner of 12th and demonbreun, del frisco will offer classic american bar & grille fare. due october 2016.  | 1201 demonbreunCornett_Map_16.08_vs2-01

fin-and-pearl-nashville-gulchlocal restauranteur tom morales, known for the southern and acme feed & seed downtown, has plans to open his newest concept, fin & pearl, in the twelve twelve high rise later this fall.  there will be a focus on seafood and steak as well as offering veggie and sushi options. similar to the southern, fin & pearl will be open for breakfast, lunch & dinner and will have an outdoor patio space. | 1212  laurel street

the 12-story, 224-room thompson hotel will open its doors in a few weeks. james beard award-winning john besh will put his fingerprints on a gulf-to-gulch concept called the marsh house. the seafood-driven, southern cooking will be helmed by chef brian landry, formerly of besh’s new orleans-based borgne. besh will also oversee the hotel’s rooftop bar/lounge.  | 401 11th avenue south

static1.squarespacenot a new name to the nashville food scene really but east side’s pop-up restaurant little octopus will land a permanent home in the former ru sans spot later than anticipated but still this fall.  offering global small plates and everything from pan-roasted chicken to you guessed it, octopus. | 505 12th avenue south



top 5 nashville need-to-knows for march

need five more things to be excited about this month?  ok here we go:

1-mangia opens off 8th avenue south

IMG_7780what 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

Soaring Eagle - Amiee Stubbs
photo courtesy of amiee stubbs

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

bongo javathe 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

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the upcoming 610 merritt in wedgewood houston

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

IMG_7723sitting 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.


10 hotels coming to nashville

gulch's 12-story thompson hotel due late 2016
gulch’s 12-story thompson hotel due late 2016

no room in the inn?  all of that is about to change.  by 2017, there should be ample space for the whole family to visit.  or for the convention center to host the NRA or the american heart association or whomever needs to host a conference. here’s a list of a few in the pipeline:

•  the boutique thompson hotel will sit on the peninsula of 11th & 12th avenue split in the gulch, sharing the block with 404 kitchen and the landmark station inn.  the 12-story, 224-room hotel will have street retail (including chicago’s infamous doughnut vault) and a rooftop bar/lounge open to the public. although nashville is one of the fastest growing cities, in the history of the brand, nashville is the smallest city to score a thompson hotel thus far.  opens summer 2016.  | 401 11th avenue south

•  marriott is doing something a little unique.  they are putting three of their hotel brands in one building.  sitting at the corner of korean veterans blvd & fifth avenue south, the 19-story building will house a 125-room springhill suites (floors 7-11), a 126-room residence inn (floors 12-18), and on the other side of the building, a 204-room AC hotel (floors 7-18).  all guests will be able to access the rooftop bar and lounge on the 19th floor. | 400 fifth avenue south 

virgin hotel
virgin hotel

•  developers will start in october grading the lot to make way for nashville’s virgin hotel.  the 240-room hotel will feature a rooftop pool, gym, entertainment venue, 14,000-square-foot meeting space, and virgin hotels’ signature bar/lounge the commons club.  initially, completion was set for fall of 2016 but it’s not been confirmed if that’s still the game plan.  | one music row

•  an 1890s 7-story building downtown near printer’s alley will soon be home to 21c hotel. the building is on the national register of historic places which coincides with 21c’s heart to support revitalization in the downtown core.  this summer the hotel sought approval to add seven rooftop rooms to the top of the building which if designs are approved, would bring the total to 124 rooms.  they are also proposing a restaurant on the street level.  | 222 third avenue north

•  a 27-story westin hotel is headed to the 8th avenue south roundabout in late 2016 near the convention center.  the 454-room hotel will offer amenities like a spa, swimming pool and bar on the roof.  the developers early on negotiated $16 million in public aid. in exchange, they agreed to a room-block with city officials for conventions.  the hotel must make up to 80% of its inventory available for larger conventions who are booking 3 years in advance.  for conventions who book up to 2 years in advance, they must provide half.  the hotel room prices must remain “reasonable” and “competitive”. | 807 clark place

kimpton hotel
kimpton hotel

•  kimpton hotel will anchor the 17-story, $100 million plus compound on 21st avenue near vanderbilt.  a mix of retail, residential, and kimpton’s full-scale 180-room hotel, restaurant & bar, the development is being built green to strict LEED certifications.  due late 2016. | 200 21st avenue south

jw marriott
jw marriott

•  demolition began earlier this month on the old united methodist publishing building at the corner of demonbreun and 8th avenue south. next up, a 35-story jw marriott.   completion for the 532-room hotel is expected for late 2017. | 201 eighth avenue south

•  groundbreaking is still to be determined on the upcoming cambria suites but developer is targeting an early 2018 opening date.  the 225-room hotel will sit one block away from the convention center on the current goodyear building site on the corner of 8th avenue south and mcgavock. | 715 mcgavock street

boutique hotel planned for the heart of the gulch

Thompson hotela 12-story, 224-room boutique hotel is in the works for the gulch. thompson nashville will sit on the peninsula at the 11th and 12th avenue split and wrap around the backside of the 404 and the station inn.   all of this .64 acre lot currently is a gravel parking lot.  the luxury hotel will boast a indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city.

san francisco-based commune hotels & resorts is scheduled to break ground early 2015 with a completion date of fall 2016.