After almost six years, Noshville's Cool Springs location has closed.
General manager Melissa Hall confirmed to Bites that the store, one of four Noshville restaurants, shut its doors for good yesterday.
"When we came out to Cool Springs, we anticipated that, being surrounded by office buildings, we would have a gem on our hands," Hall said. "But for an independent restaurant on this side of the interstate [east of I-65], it's been tough."
Hall said that the decision to close the restaurant — which specializes in breakfast and deli classics — was made quickly, within the past 10 days.
"It was something that we have struggled with since year three," Hall said. "We carried it out almost to year six. January would have been six years."
She said that employees had been offered severance and some, including herself, had been offered opportunities at other locations within the Loventhal Group, which includes Noshville, Blue Moon and Tin Angel.
Rooster's, which opened in 2010, filled the space at 123 12th Ave. N. across from 12th & Porter in the neighborhood that has come to be known as the North Gulch.
To add to the confusion, the 123 12th Ave. N. address previously held one of the incarnations of Aubrey's original barbecue restaurant, Judge Bean's Bar-B-Que. Best I can tell, Aubrey continues to preside over The Judge's Vinegarroon on Church Street, his most recent palace of smoky meat and cold beer.
Carrington Fox visited Rooster's in 2011 and liked it, though they were fresh out of calf fries. I was there when Adam Richman filmed a Man v. Food Nation challenge at Rooster's, as the LoCash Cowboys attempted to conquer The Roost, a platter replete with a 72-ounce sirloin, a large baked potato, two slices of Texas toast and a big salad.
I haven't been able to secure any details on the closing, but it appears that a Rooster's Lone Star BBQ still exists in Murfreesboro.
At any rate, if you have a yen to start your own barbecue empire, a Rooster's on 12th liquidation sale is under way at the McLemore Auction website.
Everything must go, from booster chairs to trash cans to T-shirts to flat-screen TVs to — presumably the crown jewel — a 16-foot commercial smoker. If the auction interests you, check it out, but be aware it closes Wednesday, June 12.
The Facebook page for Sweet CeCe's in the Gulch says this:
"We are sad to announce that we will no longer be serving you all in the Gulch. We will miss you guys and hope that you all have a good holiday!"
The store opened to great fanfare in March 2011 at in a redeveloped building at 311 12th Ave. S., next to the Turnip Truck.
There was no immediate word on the closing from Sweet CeCe's officials or MarketStreet Enterprises, which owns the Gulch building in which Sweet CeCe’s operated.
Tony Halligan, a restaurant veteran and former president of the Stoney River Legendary Steaks chain, confirmed that he is part of the team that is bringing Taqueria del Sol to Nashville. He said it will open on 12th Avenue sometime in 2013.
Taqueria del Sol is a fast-casual chain out of Atlanta that specializes in what it calls " 'from scratch' Southern, Mexican and Southwestern dishes." It's currently in four states: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The chain's website touts numerous kudos: In 2007, Bon Appétit picked Taqueria del Sol as a “Top American Restaurant” and Garden & Gun named the turnip greens one of the “100 Southern Foods You Absolutely Must Try Before You Die.”
Bites will share more details as they become available. (Watermark management did not immediately return requests for comment.)
As you may remember, Fish & Co. originally opened in the Adelicia condo tower, replacing Miro District, which Brown's company, Hospitality Development Group, launched and closed there.
Fish & Co. moved to 2317 12th Ave. S. last year, replacing barbecue joint Blind Pig No. 55, another erstwhile restaurant from Hospitality Development Group.
Longtime Nashvillians will remember the previous restaurant on the site, Mirror, which was one of the pioneers of the 12South neighborhood's renaissance.
I stopped by Vinea today, and the shelves and coolers were empty save for a small (but relatively interesting) selection of liquors and cordials, a few high-alcohol beers and a dozen or so red wines. Everything was marked down by at least 25 percent, and in some cases 30 percent. The sleek wooden shelves that display the wines are also for sale.
Vinea's owner, Brett Corrieri (who is also the executive chef at Mafiaoza's next door), said keeping Vinea open didn't make business sense, especially given the escalating rents in 12South.
"We're no longer profitable," Corrieri said. "The neighborhood's been really supportive, but the footprint's just too big. The sales couldn't support the rent."
Vinea was actually subletting the space from Mafiaoza's. Corrieri said the owners of that venture probably won't decide until the beginning of next year what to do with the space.
(Corrieri didn't mention this, but one obvious possibility is for Mafiaoza's to use the space to book private events, which would bring in income without incurring the costs associated with a shop, such as paying employees and keeping a full inventory.)
We'll keep you posted.
Barlow says he wants to spend more time with his family (he has two school-age daughters) — as well as continue to develop his second restaurant, the popular sandwich shop Sloco in 12South.
Tayst broke ground as Nashville's first certified green restaurant (it officially earned that status in 2008), and part of Sloco's mission is to educate consumers about sustainable eating. Barlow uses local meat and produce, and even lists the number of miles each ingredient traveled.
He will continue his food activism after Tayst closes, promoting his book Chefs Can Change the World and volunteering with community advocacy groups. Barlow plans to keep Sloco open and work toward developing it, possibly into multiple locations.
Barlow's work with Tayst has helped him earn a national profile — he has already cooked a prestigious dinner at the James Beard House in New York, and returns to New York on Oct. 17 to cook at the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards.
Next week he's offering "pre-dinners" at Tayst to give Nashvillians a preview of what he'll be serving for the James Beard folks. (Those dinners are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Oct. 11, at Tayst. The six-course dinner begins at 6:30 and is $65 per person without wine pairings, $85 per person with wine.)
Barlow's also promising numerous other special events as Tayst winds down. Check out Barlow's full release after the jump:
The closing came quickly, and a view through the windows shows tables are still set, with condiments and coffee creamer and sugar packets still on the table, as if the clientele and staff had been taken up in an alien abduction or a rapture. If you are still in possession of an unused gift card, a sign on the door says you can contact YOLOS for a refund at P.O. 1802, Bowling Green, KY 42102.
In more positive restaurant news, some downtown diners are excited to note a different kind of sign on the door of the old Wise Burgers location at 223 Fourth Ave. N. It promises that Bobbie's Dairy Dip is coming to the city center. Bring on those burgers and sweet potato fries!
Regrettably, that wasn't enough to keep it open more than six months, although the owners said they haven't ruled out opening another location somewhere in the area in the future. They did emphasize that everything is business as usual in the original Bolton's location at 624 Main St. in East Nashville, so at least there's that.
Bolton's had also opened and closed a branch location in Antioch near Hickory Hollow, so hopefully they'll keep their expansion plans moving forward. I'm wondering whether the dinner traffic at a hot chicken joint can warrant opening a location larger than Bolton's or Prince's. When you want it, you just have to have it, but can you fill more than 30 seats at a time? Scoreboard manages to maintain a dinner crowd, but it has a much deeper menu.
What think you, Bitesters? Can we support a sit-down hot chicken joint? Where would you put it?
(Don't make any hot chicken "sit-down" jokes. ...)
Entrepreneurs Tasha Ross and Lindsay Beckner opened FiddleCakes in October 2009 in a little house-turned-cafe at 2206 Eighth Ave. S. The Scene's Carrington Fox raved about the bakery in 2010. Here's how she described a scone embedded with apricots, figs and brie: "a bewitching contradiction of sandy and spongy textures, whose triple-cream laced crumbs melt away with a sweet whisper of fruit."
In addition to pastries and espresso, the menu included sandwiches, hot panini, salads and soups.
Later, FiddleCakes opened a second cafe at 300A 10th Ave. S. across from Cummins Station, and it became the sole location in January after the closure of the Eighth Avenue original.
Yesterday's tweet offerered few details: "The rumors are true. FiddleCakes is officially closed for business. We truly appreciate all of the wonderful support over the years."
Tonight and Saturday will be its final two days, and transactions will be cash only, with a two-for-one deal on all draft beer "from 4 p.m. till it's gone," according to a post on the Cooper's on Porter page on Facebook.
Chef-owner Cooper Brunk confirmed the closing via email. "We've been in a slump for some time and I can no longer keep it going," he said.
Brunk, an accomplished chef and a veteran of both Ombi and MacK & Kate's, said he may take a break from the restaurant industry for a while. Asked about hints he might have another business in the works, he said he couldn't comment, but added, "We'll see."
Cooper's on Porter got good notices when it opened in January, with the Scene's Carrington Fox saying: "Dark and cozy, with comfortable booths and a manly vibe underscored by a deep bench of bottled and draft beers, Cooper's could be described as a fortunate collision of Brown's Diner and Rumours — made for a man but pretty enough for a woman. Or made for beer folks but culinary enough for food people."
The restaurant space is a retail anchor of the Porter East development, which includes housing for hearing-impaired residents along with shops. Another retail tenant, The Almond Tree Bakery recently announced on Facebook that it's taking a hiatus because the owners are expecting their first child.
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