Restaurant openings

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mitchell Deli Team to Open Rudie's Seafood and Sausage

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

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David Mitchell of the popular Mitchell Delicatessen in Riverside Village is planning to open a new restaurant next month.

Rudie's Seafood and Sausage is going into the space the deli vacated when it moved to bigger digs across the street last year. In fact, it's filling both the former deli at 1402 McGavock Pike and the former Sip Cafe space next door. (Sip Cafe is currently operating from a food trailer outside Old Made Good at 3701 Gallatin Pike while it prepares to move to another building.)

Mitchell says Rudie's will offer a small menu that will change frequently, reflecting the meats the team will prepare in house utilizing whole hogs. (Think pork belly, house-made sausages and more.) In addition, they will cure fresh seafood in house and will also serve up fresh shellfish like oysters to fill out the menu of mostly small plates, suitable for sharing.

Rudie's other component is beer. Mitchell says he's working to offer beers "at the temperature they are supposed to be enjoyed at." For example, he'll offer one cellar beer that will be served at the preferred temperature of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (warmer than what's common in U.S. bars), which brings out more subtle flavors. Other beers will be served cooler, depending on the flavor profile.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Revived Sutler Saloon Opens in Melrose

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

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The much-anticipated new incarnation of the legendary Sutler Saloon has opened on Franklin Road in the Melrose neighborhood.

The original Sutler was both neighborhood bar and music venue, and helped hatch the Americana scene in its early days. The Scene's Jim Ridley recalls that it "sometimes resembled a scruffier, bawdier, less stuffy version of the Bluebird."

The new version's owners are Austin Ray and Joe Parkes Jr. Ray, best-known for M.L. Rose, is also involved with chef Dale Levitski's Sinema restaurant, located in the old Melrose theater in the same development as The Sutler.

The Sutler opened quietly last week and officially announced its launch via press release this afternoon.

Unlike the no-frills beer and bar fare of the original Sutler, the new joint touts its "Southern craft cocktails, craft beer on tap" and "creative and fresh cuisine inspired by the South and West."

The menu features "dunks," which are sandwiches served with a shallow bowl of soup for dipping. For example, the Short Rib Dog is a Porter Road Butcher hot dog with house-made pork-fat sauerkraut, stout-cumin mustard and a dunk of pinto beans and roasted green chilies.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Ken's Sushi Building Smashed; New Ken's Sushi Location Launches

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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If you're a fan of longtime Division Street restaurant Ken's Sushi, you may feel a pang of sadness at this photo of vandalism on the site, sent in by Scene reader Randolph Blake.

The original Ken's location is part of a swath of Midtown being razed to clear the way for a massive 17-story development from Indiana's Buckingham Cos., which is slated to include a hotel and residential, office, restaurant and retail spaces.

The empty Ken's Sushi building at 2007 Division St. is set for demolition; it's currently fenced off and has become the target of vandalism, including the smashed front window.

Meanwhile, Ken's Sushi lives on in a new location. Owner Kenji “Ken” Ohno originally targeted East Nashville for the new spot, but that plan fell through (that space at 923 Main St. is now being taken over by Koi Sushi & Thai).

Instead, Ken's Sushi opened Aug. 1 at 1108 Murfreesboro Pike, near Thompson Lane. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Sign and Some Menu Items Revealed at the New Sutler

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM


Driving down Franklin Road, we saw that there's now a sign up at The Sutler, an indication that maybe they'll make the "summer" opening they've promised. (We'll see. There's no date set yet.)

At any rate, they're starting to make some of the menu public.

From The Sutler:

Hot dog in pinto bean dunk with a watermelon mescal cocktail theyre calling a field party.
  • Hot dog in pinto bean dunk with a watermelon mescal cocktail they're calling a "field party."
Short Rib Hot Dog: Porter Road Butcher dog, pork fat kraut, stout cumin mustard, roasted green chile pinto bean dunk

Brussel Sprout Hash​: crispy leaves, crème fraiche whipped yukons, crunchy cheddar—jack crumbles, shallot chips

Potted Smoke​: 24 hour smoked brisket tip and pork butt confit with grilled crusty bread for spreading

Fried Pickle Bash​: spicy kosher dill pickle chips & green tomatoes, tabasco remoulade and Steens Cane Syrup mignonette

The Sutler's chef will be Nick Seabergh, most recently at Alchemy in Memphis. He spent time at Herbsaint in New Orleans with Donald Link, and City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., with John Currence. We've been promised the rest of the menu lineup when it's ready, but for now Seabergh is testing and tweaking his take on bar food. The one thing we've had a chance to try, a version of the popped crack corn, had caramel, jalapeno, smoked salt and bacon on it. It was a lot of fun.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Barista Parlor Heading to Germantown; Gulch Location to Open Aug. 25

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

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The popular East Nashville artisanal coffeehouse Barista Parlor has targeted the Germantown neighborhood for its third location, my Nashville Post colleague William Williams reports.

The Germantown location will have its "own identity” compared to both the East Nashville cafe and the upcoming Gulch outpost, Barista Parlor owner Andy Mumma tells the Post. “The vibe will involve earth and land,” he says. (The original Barista Parlor is known for its nautical interior scheme.)

Meanwhile, Mumma says the much-anticipated Gulch location, called Barista Parlor {Golden Sound}, is scheduled to open Aug. 25.

In Germantown, an increasingly dynamic neighborhood north of downtown, Mumma has signed a lease for space in a cinderblock building located at 1230 Fourth Ave. N. The building is at the southeast corner of the the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Monroe Street, near City House restaurant and 312 Pizza.

Mumma tentatively expects to open Barista Parlor {Germantown} in the spring of 2015. Williams has more details on both new locations here.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

'Modern Steakhouse' Union Common Opens in Midtown Aug. 18

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Chef Bobby Benjamin's spicy sweetbreads
  • Chef Bobby Benjamin's spicy sweetbreads
After months of anticipation watching the ongoing construction at the Broadway/Division split, Union Common is finally ready to throw open the doors to invite in the public to their new modern steakhouse concept. As Bites reported in April, the project from chef Bobby Benjamin and owner Brett Davis (who have previously collaborated on La Coop: Bistro a Vins in Louisville) sounds like an interesting addition to Nashville's dining landscape.

Benjamin got his start as an executive chef at Flyte before a short stint at the Governor's Club and a move to Louisville to cook at the Oak Room at the Seelbach Hotel. Now that he's back as executive chef at Union Common, he aims to create a steakhouse with an emphasis on small dishes and shared plates. The stunning art deco interior dining room will seat about 125 patrons, and the clubby bar area will be for seated guests only with no standing-room service. Benjamin gave a nod to the Goldberg brothers for introducing this concept at Patterson House and Pinewood Social.

The menu will be begin with a section of snacks and spreads. Snacks include classic dishes like escargot and shrimp cocktail as well as a take on Nashville hot chicken in the form of spicy sweetbreads served on top of a buttermilk roll. Spreads are a staple of old-school Chicago steakhouses, and the additions at Union Common will include a marrow plate and a vegan roasted pesto and cannelinni bean spread. A large Nashville Tower of seafood should be a show stopper of an app with shrimp, oysters and other oceanic delights. You'll want to plan to share that one too since it will be a lot of seafood and clocks in at over a hundred bucks.

The menu promises to have an emphasis on seafood, featuring seasonally changing fish dishes, but it will be the huge USDA Prime steaks that will draw lots of boys to the yard. Sized for sharing between multiple diners, the steaks may elicit a bit of sticker shock at first; but if you realize that four people sharing a $100-plus 32-ounce ribeye means each will receive a 7-ounce helping of Prime beef for around $25 apiece, that sounds like an acceptable rate compared to some other meatatoriums in town.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Smokin Thighs Restaurant Aims to Open This Month on Wedgewood

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM


While on the way over to the fairgrounds for a little #mayoralchatter, we noticed that Smokin Thighs bricks-and-mortar home looked striped up and ready to go on Wedgewood Avenue with the familiar green paint job from the food truck now adorning a building.

Bites ducked inside and found Matt Carney working on the place, which he says he hopes to open on Aug. 25. In spite of our standing objection to the use of barnwood in restaurants, the place looks great, with red chairs and a pretty tin ceiling. It has 80 seats (with maybe a few more on the patio), a big row of TVs on one wall — perfect for the upcoming football season — and a cool little beer bar in the back. The menu will feature smoked chicken in all its forms, along with some sides that they currently are unable to make on the truck. Fans of the truck will be happy to hear that it will still keep traveling around the city after the restaurant opens.

Carney says the restaurant already has secured a license to serve liquor (which is regulated by the state), but may not have a license to serve beer (regulated by Metro) in time for the opening. This leads to a peculiar situation: They'll be able to offer high-gravity beer but not the more familiar low-gravity brews. Carney says he's been working with Councilwoman Sandra Moore on the permit. "She's been very helpful," he says.

Side note: You can't help but note the ridiculousness of the two permitting schemes. Why in the world should a place that's already permitted for liquor not be allowed to sell beer? I understand that they are different boards, but is anybody really so concerned about a place selling beer when it's already able to sell much more potent alcohol?

Watch for Smokin Thighs soon at 611 Wedgewood Ave., and follow the progress on Facebook.

UPDATE, 8/19, 1:45 p.m.: The Smokin Thighs guys called to say that opening has been pushed back to Sept. 2. Plan your chicken habits accordingly.

Panoramic view of the inside, click for larger view.
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  • Panoramic view of the inside, click for larger view.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No Nashville Hot Chicken in Manhattan (For Now)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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The dream of hot chicken in Manhattan has suffered a setback.

As Bites readers will recall, back in February we got wind of a restaurant making plans to open in the old Odessa's Cafe location on Avenue A, with the intention of serving comfort food "with a southern feel specializing in Nashville Hot Chicken."

We even got a glimpse of the planned menu.

But it isn't happening, Bites has learned — at least not in the old Odessa's location. The man behind the plan, Ravi DeRossi (Death & Co., Bourgeois Pig), said in an email, "Unfortunately we did not get approved for a liquor license in this specific space."

But, he added, "We are in the process of looking for a new space for this concept."

The dream lives on, maybe.

Caitlin White contributed reporting for this post.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

City Winery Nashville Releases a Pretty Juicy Music Lineup for This Fall

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

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  • Burrata at City Winery Chicago
Back in December, Bites reported the upcoming arrival of City Winery Nashville, the union of winery, fine dining and live music that's coming to SoBro. Now we know that the City Winery (which has three other locations — Chicago, New York and Napa) will launch in Nashville in September, followed by a grand opening party Oct. 1.

The other news that City Winery just released is the venue's initial music lineup, as reported by our colleagues at Nashville Cream. It's a pretty substantial roster, including the fact that City Winery will be one of the venues hosting the Americana Music Association Festival in September.

We don't know much yet about the food and wine, but you can check out menus for the Chicago location here. The dining page on the City Winery Nashville site currently indicates they are looking for "a head chef and staff" and they request résumés be sent to nashvillejobs@citywinery.com. City Winery will be at 609 Lafayette St., situated just a couple blocks from both Jack White's Third Man Records and our new tourism behemoth, the Music City Center.

As for the music, I as a foodie am especially intrigued by the AmericanaFest's Thirty Tigers Gospel Brunch on Sept. 21, hosted by Elizabeth Cook, featuring The McCrary Sisters, The Fairfield Four and other special guests. Other AmericanaFest performers coming to City Winery Sept. 17-21 include Sturgill Simpson, Rodney Crowell, Robyn Hitchcock, Sarah Jarosz and Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura.

Then on Sept. 26, City Winery will host an "Intimate Evening" with the two Bobby Bares (père et fils). In October, look for appearances by folks ranging from Ralph Stanley to Sandra Bernhard, Macy Gray and Leo Kottke.

November artists coming to the winery include Sinéad O'Connor on her "I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss" tour, and the venerable Dave Davies of The Kinks.

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Chef Daniel Lindley Gives Details About Upcoming Germantown Spot, 5th & Taylor

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

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One of the most exciting bits of news about Nashville's expanding restaurant scene has been the news that Chef Daniel Lindley, ex-owner/chef of St. John's in Chattanooga and a five-time James Beard nominee is coming to Germantown to set up his newest venture. The restaurant, which will be called 5th & Taylor, is planned as part of the new Flats at Taylor Place project, going into a 96-year-old barrel roof warehouse, formerly part of an old textile bag plant and cotton mill.

5th & Taylor will reflect Lindley's devotion to seasonal and regional foods, and if it's anything like the meals I've enjoyed at St. John's, it should be something special. Lindley has been brainstorming the design of his new restaurant for years, and has turned to Smith Gee architectural studio to convert his cocktail napkins and back of menu sketches into real plans for the dramatic space.

According to the official release, it will be a huge space, with "a 6,200 square foot interior that will include a main dining room, two private dining areas and an outdoor patio and bar, adding an additional 2,500 square feet to the warehouse space. The private dining accommodations will be equipped with state of the art audio visual equipment for business meetings, presentations and social gatherings. Overall, indoor and outdoor seating will accommodate 250 guests."

On a smaller scale, Lindley has spent the time between leaving St. John's and opening 5th & Taylor (hopefully this fall!) by reinvigorating the small neighborhood grocery store near his house. He describes Grocery Bar as "a chef-driven grocery store that empowers the home-cook and unites a neighborhood around deliciously simple food."

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