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

Merritt JPEG
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.


former catbird seat chef josh habiger has a new restaurant in the works in weho

houston station
houston station

strategic hospitality is no stranger in nashville’s restaurant scene, having successfully launched such random ventures as pinewood social, paradise park, catbird seat, and patterson house.  they confirmed this week their partnership with one of the founding catbird seat chefs, josh habiger, on his new restaurant concept, bastion, coming soon in the quickly emerging weho neighborhood (wedgewood-houston).  no opening date was released but permits have been pulled and work has begun on the space at 434 houston street.  rumors are circling that it could be as early as this fall.

“i just wanted to create the type of place that I want to hang out in; a place that isn’t pretentious. beers, shots, a few simple cocktails, along with some other elements that we hope will make it a great place to go,” said habiger. “i have been wanting to do something in that neighborhood for years now. i’m very excited to be a part of such a creative area of nashville.” -for updates, follow josh on twitter @softarchitect or on instagram @bastionnashville

want to own in the urban core? here’s four affordable developments breaking ground this summer that might work

the new 610 merritt in wedgewood houston
the new 610 merritt in wedgewood houston

as the city continues its efforts to become more walkable and bikeable and millennials and baby boomers both take the lead in moving into the urban core, there is an increasing demand for more affordable housing options.  here are four developments breaking ground this summer hoping to fill that need.

first up, a 7-acre development in the weho neighborhood (wedgewood-houston, fairgrounds area…whatever you prefer to call it) called the finery.  core development is at the helm and hopes to start construction on the first two mixed-use buildings, six10 merritt & 1238 martin, in the next 30 days.

1238 martin
1238 martin

in these first phases (both starting this year), there will be townhouses with garages, condos, retail & restaurant spaces, you name it.  core has built other mixed-use buildings like 12th & paris (which houses most notably burger up in the 12 south neighborhood).  the commercial retail & restaurant aspects being included with these two buildings are easily creating the foundation of this emerging neighborhood, providing walkable/bikeable options.  prices on one bedroom flats start at $149,900, two bedrooms at $249,900.

porter village
porter village

the tennessean reported earlier this month that the average sales price for east nashville zip code 37206 is up 24%.  seeing the need, two developers are breaking ground on a larger scale this summer across the river.  porter village, a 40-unit development at cahal avenue and porter road, will also be a mixture of condos and townhomes.  the condos will be on the porter road side starting in the $100s and be built around a street level coffee shop space.  the townhomes will include garages and be priced in the $400s.

solo east nashville
solo east nashville

sitting on the corner of litton avenue and gallatin road, solo east nashville will be a 130-unit development with one bedrooms starting at $149,900 and two bedrooms starting $189,900.  the development will be gated and boasts luxury higher end finishes like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and 9′ high ceilings. completion is set for spring 2016.

lastly, probably the farthest along of these four, on the west side of the city in the nations is west mill townhomes. this 6-acre 98-townhome community started pre-selling initially under $200,000, the first round should be ready for new homeowners in the fall.

level one going up on the west mill townhomes a few blocks north of charlotte pike
level one going up on the west mill townhomes a few blocks north of charlotte pike

developer seeks to create “live-work” space in weho

CoreLogo_Whitethe wedgewood-houston neighborhood, long called “the fairgrounds” and now more recently being nicknamed “weho” continues to gain redevelopment momentum.  local developer, core development, will go before the city april 10 to request rezoning of 7.3 acres the company plans to develop.   the land, which includes 2 parcels core has already purchased and 2 more that are under contract, are currently zoned for iwd (industrial, warehouse, distribution).  the developer is hoping to switch it to sp-mu (specific plan, mixed use).  the land sits near the current sounds stadium between martin & hagan streets and bordered on the south by merritt avenue.  fort houston

under the new zoning if approved, it would allow the company to blend residential micro-housing with “live-make” units, something our market hasn’t seen really.  the neighborhood is no stranger to fostering creative work spaces though.  fort houston‘s creative hub occupies 10,000 square feet around the corner.  it comes complete with a full-scale wood shop, photography studios, pretty much anything you need as well as offering other resources and classes for those who are interested in learning as well.  

if approved, core development could break ground spring 2015.  they are maintaining open dialogue with the neighbors and council woman sandra moore to get feedback during the process as it begins to take shape.