If you've missed the drama, here is the spark notes version: an establishment wanting to serve beer within 100 feet of a residence formerly had to go through the planning commission, pay $1,900 and wait four months. It was a process that aided in demise of Rosario's, the predecessor of Taco Mamacita.
Now, a restaurant that already has a license to serve liquor can apply for a beer permit. The neighbors are notified, and the council representative can offer a resolution that can be approved on first reading, if all goes according to plan. Schmoove! Buon appetito!
• Remember Bill's Catfish on Highway 12 in Ashland City? No? Well, it's been closed a while so that's understandable. The location is busy again, operating as Stables, a family restaurant with a sports bar attached. The restaurant was opened by Ginger Lewis and investor Joe Davis, who also has an interest in South Street and Bound'ry. The team brought over a South Street chef, so if you love South Street, go see what's possible with turkey and dressing, meatloaf and steaks. Or do like most diners and get the No. 1 seller: catfish. Hey, people around here have long memories.
• If you're looking to open a restaurant, there's a killer location available in the Village. Veranda restaurant, which opened in March, has been evicted from its spot at 2000 Belcourt Avenue, formerly home of The Trace and Faison's. Former Stockyard owner Wayne Fricks was behind the eatery.
• More sad news: Sweet Tea Diner, a meat-and-three on Nolensville Road near Harding Place, has closed. Marty and Lisa Hennis filed for liquidation of the restaurant's assets to pay accumulated debts. Sweet Tea was just about the only home cooking in that part of town — I know the neighbors will miss it. Best of luck to Marty and Lisa.
HT Adam Dread