Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On and Off the Menu: The July Update

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 6:53 AM

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The second half of 2009 got a shot of restaurant adrenaline, with a rush of openings and announcements of projects on the way.

Among the headlines, PM and ChaChah owner Arnold Myint is conspiring with the Tribe/Play team to launch Suzy Wong's House of Yum on Church Street later this year.

Over in the Gulch, Virago and Lime owner Chris Hyndman announced plans to launch Kayne Prime steak house and The Whiskey Kitchen as part of a full-block development on McGavock between 11th and 12th, to be known as M Street. Those projects are coming later in the year. Meanwhile, Casablanca Coffee brought java to the Gulch dwellers in the Icon, and The Wine Loft uncorked a new nexus for oenophiles.

Downtown got a few new dining options, with the openings of The Painted Cupcake and Ali Baba Mediterranean restaurant.

Nolensville Road saw a couple changeovers, including the replacement of Super Pollo with La Cocina de Paula and the dramatic unveiling of the new Shoney's prototype at the corner of Thompson Lane. Cocina Mexican Grill opened a third store, in Berry Hill, around the corner from the latest offering from the Monell's family of restaurants.

East Nashville got some new cheap eats at The Nuvo Burrito and Far East Nashville Vietnamese. Meanwhile, Las Maracas will launch new stores in East Nashville and Madison, and former Ombi owner Terrell Raley is working on Holland House restaurant and bar.

On the Western front, the Whitfield's team announced plans to launch Brio Bistro Italiano in the former Wildwood Oak-Fired Kitchen, and Belle will fill the void left at Belle Meade Plantation by the closing of Martha's.

A more complete list of openings and closings is posted after the jump.

Restaurant Closings in 2009

Agave Tequila Lounge

Alleycat Lounge

Andrew Chadwick's on Rutledge Hill


Bistro 215

Bridges Cafe

City Limits II

Eats à la Carte

Goldie's Deli

In Dyer Need Cafe

Michael T's

Nick's Italian Deli

Ombi: A Gastropub

One Hundred West



Super Pollo

Tangredi's Italian Kitchen

Wildwood Oak-Fired Kitchen

Restaurant Openings in 2009

108 Grille

1808 Grille

Ali Baba

Belle (Opening this fall)

Bombay Bistro

Brewhouse 100

Brio Bistro Italiano (Opening in September)

Cajun Steamer

Cantina Laredo

Casablanca Coffee


Cocina Mexican Grill in Berry Hill

La Cocina de Paula

Elliston Place Green Hills (Transition from Green Hills Cafeteria)

Far East Vietnamese

Fleur de Lis Flavors

Fresh Blends

Gabby's Burger and Fries

Goha Ethiopian

Gridiron 9 (Coming in June)

Holland House (Opening in November)

The Ivy

Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box

The Jolly Rogue

Kayne Prime (Opening this fall)

The Local Taco

Las Maracas in East Nashville (Opening in August) and Madison (Opening later this year)

Monell's in Berry Hill (Coming soon)

Nuvo Burrito

The Painted Cupcake

Patterson House

Pranzo Jersey Italian Cafe

Re'Je's Grab & Go


The Snowball Stand

Southern Bred

SouthSide Grill (Transition from Sofie's Bistro)

Sweet CeCe's

Tom's Elite Carryout

Urban Flats

Sam's All American Sports Grill in Hendersonville


Suzy Wong's House of Yum (Opening later this year)

Watanabe Sushi and Asian

The Whiskey Kitchen (Opening in August)

Wild Bill's Beignets and Bikes

The Wine Loft

Xavier's Exquisite Cuisine


Zumi Sushi


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