This week, we're talking about some eagerly awaited openings, some Thanksgiving eats and music with a purpose, plus more.
On to this round of East Nashville News:
Bar Luca announces opening date
Big congrats to the team behind the new Bar Luca — we only heard about the new neighborhood bar’s build-out in September, and just a few months later, the doors are set to open.
Co-owner Abi Hewitt tells us that opening day at 1100 B Stratton Avenue (pictured up top) is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, as part of the Gallatin Galavant celebration on Small Business Saturday. (Stay tuned next week for a roundup of more SBS events in the neighborhood.)
The basics about Bar Luca, from Bar Luca:
“A bright, neighborhood wine and cocktail bar with a friendly bent, Bar Luca serves up something truly unique to the Nashville landscape. With its refined yet relaxed atmosphere, thoughtful but pared down food offerings, and a wine menu that’s worldly yet intentionally accessible, Bar Luca is a bit of a paradox—in all the best ways.
“This East Nashville establishment mixes in a touch of elegance in an approachable setting. A great place to grab a happy hour cocktail, a glass of wine, or spend the evening catching up with friends. Nosh on small plates, charcuterie boards and classic cheeses, sip your way through the cocktail list, or explore the memorable wine menu. If you’ve been missing something in your regular evening agenda, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at Bar Luca.”
The Luca team also includes HollerDesign head Matt Alexander, interior designer Katie Vance (whose work just earned Butchertown Hall a "most stunning" restaurant award from Eater Nashville), beverage director/wine expert Robin Riddell Jones, food chief Molly Fitzpatrick Martin, creative director Luke Stockdale and manager Patrick Kearney.
Opening hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight. More info on the Bar Luca social spots. Big congrats, neighbors.
Original Turnip Truck closed, new location opening imminently
If you’re one of our social friends, you might’ve seen the succession of shout-outs we sent this week — the doors at the new, embiggened Turnip Truck market were set to open Thursday, before weather literally and figuratively rained on those plans.
A new opening date is going to be announced any minute now — we’ll update this as soon as it’s cemented — but meantime, the doors at the long-loved 970 Woodland location are now officially closed.
UPDATE: The official opening of the multi-level, mega-exciting 701 Woodland is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, and opening day is slated to begin with a high-profile visitor: Mayor Megan Barry has been booked to celebrate, tour the shop and play the role of ceremonial first customer. (What will she buy!? Will it be kale!? Some kind of fragrant tea!? We’ll wait, and we’ll see!?)
If you’ve forgotten the fine points about the new Truck: It’s roughly four times the size of the OG store, with 13,000 square feet, and it includes the hot and cold prepared food bars everyone loves at The Gulch location, plus a bakery, juice bar, a meat department and more. You can also buy groceries there.
An in-advance congrats to owner John Dyke and the whole Turnip Truck team. Those of us who eat food are pretty excited.
To keep up with news, drop a like on the Turnip Truck’s Facebook page.
A new dining stop might be coming to Main Street
According to The Tennessean, we may be seeing another restaurant down on Main Street: 974 and 978 Main — part of the Hunters Custom Automotive campus — were recently purchased, and the buyers are “exploring options that include redeveloping the site for occupancy by a casual dining restaurant.”
As one of our Facebook friendlies noted: Here’s hoping that new restaurant chooses to use the word “LAZER” in its name.
Want someone else to cook your Thanksgiving feast?
Hot news, guys: Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Hope you were sitting down.
Anyhow, if you, say, weren’t super excited about slaving over a hot stove all day but still wanted to enjoy a celebratory meal with your loved ones, here are a few East Side options we thought you might like to know about:
Have Tower Deli and friends make your meal:
The folks at Tower Market and Deli, new donut-maven partners DOH Nashville and the Animal Restaurant Group have prepared a fully done-up Thanksgiving feastival for eight. All that’s required: heating and eating.
It includes a choice of a fried turkey or smoked turkey/ham, plus two sides and a pie or cake from DOH (with options like peanut butter pie with Cap’n Crunch and chocolate ganache or bruleed pumpkin pie).
Total cost is $130. Or, like, 16 bucks a person. Grab some disposable (but festive) plates and you’ll be passed out in front of the sports ball in no time.
BEthankful with TheBEhive:
Another option that lets you do your thanking two days early, on Tuesday, November 24: Cause-focused collective TheBEhive’s once-regular vegetarian buffet event is back for one night only, with a Thanksgiving-themed event at the Wild Cow.
The basic concept of a BEhive buffet, if you’ve never been: You swing by and pay for dine-in ($15) or to-go ($12) buffet access during the event, and proceeds go to help various charity organizations/non-profits in the community. This one benefits the Pet Community Center.
On the menu: roasted seitan filets with mushroom gravy, ginger sweet potatoes and pineapple, pumpkin bisque and lots more — all meat, dairy and egg free.
There’ll be free beer there too, courtesy of Yazoo.
Could you conceivably do both of these things? Indeed. #sweatpants.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Lockeland Table hosts VIP party to celebrate book
Lockeland Table chef Hal Holden-Bache and GM Cara Graham are about to unveil a new book, Lockeland Table, Community Kitchen and Bar, which is stocked with stories, recipes, tips and more, all wrapped up with and inspired by the pair’s “dream restaurant.” And you’re invited to raise a glass with them as they celebrate that year-in-the-making project at a VIP launch party on Monday, December 7.
Attendees will get to try out some of the recipes from the book in real-life food and drink form, and take home a personalized copy of Lockeland Table, too.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m., and tickets run $158.25 for one person/one book, $252.61 for two people/one book.
East Side Live’s November show benefits St. Jude
An early spirit-of-the-season shout out: Monthly live music series East Side Live is focusing its November charity efforts on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The show — November 28 at The East Room (2412 Gallatin) — features performances from fauna halø, Sky Temple Blues, Niles Rooker Trio and Victory State, and donations toward admission ($3 minimum is suggested) will go to support St. Jude’s research and treatments for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
East Side Live shows always have a charitable component — others benefit Notes for Notes’ efforts to teach young neighbors at Boys & Girls Clubs to create and record music.
Easton and McCrary Sisters cover Dylan to raise awareness
Some good late-week listening, with a Thanksgiving twist:
East Side songsmith Tim Easton and powerful belters The McCrary sisters recently captured a take on the rare Bob Dylan song above, right here in the neighborhood at EastSide Manor Studios, alongside other neighbors, including Aaron Lee Tasjan.
The intent — aside of making some musical niceness — was to raise awareness for the Nashville Rescue Mission’s efforts to provide Thanksgiving meals for neighbors in need.
The Mission folks will cook 1,000 turkeys for their two-day Great Thanksgiving Banquet, along with sides and pumpkin pie. To make it happen, they need our help, and a little goes a long way — they can provide a Thanksgiving meal to needy Nashvillians for $2.26.
If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so through the Nashville Rescue Mission’s website, or bring a frozen turkey to the donation center at 616 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.
All told, they’ll provide a holiday celebration for about 6,000 neighbors. “Whatcha Gonna Do?”
- The Ornaments’ 10th anniversary schedule is here:
- Need an ‘80s pop fix? Guilty Pleasures, our fine city’s finest providers of ‘80s pop-radio treasures, will play their first East Side show since 2003, at The Basement East on Friday, Nov. 27.
- This year’s East C.A.N. holiday party — the animal organization’s annual thanks to supporters and friends — is set for 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 123 South 11th Street. Come eat, drink, be merry and celebrate another year of loving on furry friends.
That’s it for this week. As always, if you have East Nashville news to share, please email Nicole.