Enterprising chef Arnold Myint, who has three restaurants (PM, Cha Chah and Suzy Wong's House of Yum) and a national profile after appearing on Top Chef, will launch another venture this summer in the Nashville Farmers' Market. It's a "gourmet grab and go" cafe with a small amount of seating, and it will fill part of the space that used to be Nashville Coffee Co., says Jolie Ayn Yockey, Farmers' Market spokeswoman.
Menu items will be "founded in Cha Chah's thematics and style," but with inspiration and fresh local ingredients provided by the market, creating a new concept for Myint.
"Having a chef of his caliber wanting to become a part of a Farmers' Market is deliciously exciting for our community, inspirational and trend-setting," Yockey says, adding, "If you want a taste of what Arnold will be creating, visit him at Cha Chah where the foundations of his NFM menu will derive, and quickly get as excited as we are."
If you're keeping an eye on Myint's busy schedule, he and Top Chef cohort Tiffany Derry are offering a special tasting menu at Cha Chah on Thursday, April 21. Proceeds benefit tsunami relief.
Meanwhile, Yockey shared a little info on the vendor that will take the space adjacent to Myint's. ButterCake Babe's Coffee Cafe will offer "coffee, light breakfast-y bites and of course, butter cake," she says. Look for it in early June.
And finally, there's an update on Green Asia, the sushi and fresh Chinese restaurant coming to the market. Chef-owner Jackie Liu of Sake in Cool Springs will source produce from the market, and the sushi will be available to eat on site or take to go. Liu's doing major construction inside the market and hopes to open in late June or early July.
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