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.
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
Andrew Chadwick's on Rutledge Hill
City Limits II
Eats à la Carte
In Dyer Need Cafe
Nick's Italian Deli
Ombi: A Gastropub
One Hundred West
Tangredi's Italian Kitchen
Wildwood Oak-Fired Kitchen
Restaurant Openings in 2009
Belle (Opening this fall)
Brio Bistro Italiano (Opening in September)
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
Gabby's Burger and Fries
Gridiron 9 (Coming in June)
Holland House (Opening in November)
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)
The Painted Cupcake
Pranzo Jersey Italian Cafe
Re'Je's Grab & Go
The Snowball Stand
SouthSide Grill (Transition from Sofie's Bistro)
Tom's Elite Carryout
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