This time, we're taking care of our teeth, taking care of our East Nashville Asian food cravings and lots more.
On to this week's East Nashville News:
Free Dental Day at East Side Smiles
A rousing round of applause to Dr. Thomas Hadley and East Side Smiles, who’ll be hosting a Free Dental Day on Friday, June 24, offering services like fillings, extractions and cleanings to folks who may otherwise not have the means/insurance.
Along with the East Side Smiles team, a crew of volunteers are lending their skills to help neighbors in Nashville, doing their best to serve as many folks as possible on a first-come, first-served basis.
The doors will open at 7 a.m. at 7 N 10th Street, and Hadley shared these pointers/bits of info:
1. Be here early! This event has been shared much more than expected so lines and waits might be long.
2. Bring a chair, a water bottle, and maybe even an umbrella for shade because patients will be waiting outside the office and it's supposed to be hot on Friday. All interior space will be used for treatment including our small waiting area. There is some good shade under trees and we'll be putting up several tents.
3. Bring your list of medications and medical conditions. A complete health history is absolutely essential to receive treatment.
4. Unfortunately, I know there will be a few patients who will wait and won't get treatment based on the complexity of their health or treatment that is necessary. For those cases, patients will be examined and given a referral for treatment by a specialist. I'm sorry in advance.
5. It's looking like more of the fillings and extractions will be done in the morning and cleanings in the afternoon based on the dental volunteers we have. We have plenty of dentists but we still need hygienists and assistants to help if you know any.
6. The best place to park will be in the East High School lot.
Hadley tipped earlier this year about wanting to make this happen, and we’re happy to see it come to fruition.
For more about East Side Smiles, visit EastSideSmiles.net.
Five Daughters Bakery coming to East Nashville
Thanks to Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville, we finally know what’s taking over the Walden development space vacated by Cumberland Transit: a third Five Daughters Bakery location.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Daughters: Launched in Franklin, the family-owned bakery crafts seriously decadent donuts and cupcakes, including 100 Layer Donuts, a particularly beloved twist on the cronut (“like America and France made slow sweet love and had a pastry baby”).
Neighborhood spots including Barista Parlor and Ugly Mugs have been regularly stocking their stuff (and they have a Nashville shop in 12 South, too), but the East outpost means we’ll have even more regular access to Five Daughters’ sugary delights.
An August opening is the aim, says Eater Nashville. More at Nashville.Eater.com.
Cumberland Transit closed earlier this year, after almost two years in business at 1900 Eastland.
Chinese food with a Southern twist coming to East Nashville
Arguably the top three things East Nashvillians complain about: 1) tall skinnies, 2) traffic 3) lack of Chinese food options.
The latter, at least, might be getting taken care of. Ish.
The Tennessean’s Jim Myers dropped news that former Margot chef de cuisine Ryan Bernhardt and City House GM Anne Bernhardt are working on opening TKO, a Chinese restaurant with a Southern slant, here in East Nashville.
TKO’s home base: 4204 Gallatin Pike, near Riverwood in Inglewood — an exciting development, since the northern reaches of our neighborhood still have room to grow in terms of chef-led restaurant concepts.
Another interesting twist, Myers notes: a no-tips approach, with gratuities built into the menu pricing.
The video above, posted when Ryan tested out the TKO concept with Dinner Lab, offers a little video insight into what the menu might look like.
Get ready to welcome Death From a Bun
A more timely opportunity to take care of East Nashville Asian food cravings: Death from a Bun — an “Asian-inspired food truck serving delicious gua bao buns” — hosts its grand opening celebration this Sunday, June 26, at The East Room (2412 Gallatin Avenue).
The launch is more than just lunch — it’s an all-day affair, from noon to 6 p.m., with live music, beer and tons of bun fun.
On the menu: a mix of vegetarian and carnivorous bun options, plus sides like kimchi fried forbidden rice balls and cold soba noodle bowls.
There’s no cover charge to be there for the party; buns/etc. will cost you. (Eye a recent soft-opening menu on Instagram for a little more detail.)
Walk Bike Nashville walks this way
A big welcome to some other new neighbors: Local “active transportation” advocacy organization Walk Bike Nashville recently relocated to 943 Woodland, making the Eastside the new HQ for their efforts to make Nashville a more walkable, bikeable city.
Educational events like workshops and classes are big part of what Walk Bike Nashville does to push toward their mission, and we can expect to see more of that here in the neighborhood: “The much enlarged office space will better accommodate conferences, workshops, meetings and supplies for our events and education programs,” an update from those folks notes.
Learn more at WalkBikeNashville.org, and keep up with upcoming events on the Walk Bike Nashville community calendar.
Music City Hot Wing Festival is back
Once again, Cumberland Park will play host to a big celebration of the art of wing-slinging: The 7th annual Music City Hot Wing Festival is set for noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 6.
Billed as “the largest hot wing festival in the South,” the Music City Hot Wing Festival includes multiple competitions — cooking wings, eating wings — plus live music, vendors and more.
Various pass options give you access to various amounts of wings/drinks (you can hang for $15; you can gorge on unlimited wings for $40), and those’ll go on sale as of 2 p.m. Friday, June 24.
If you’re looking to be among the wing-slingers, the fest is still accepting cooking team registrations, too.
Learn about community supported agriculture at Lockeland Table
If you’ve been itching to angle your eating habits in a more local, seasonal direction, joining a community supported agriculture program is a good way to go. Short explanation: You buy a share of a local farm’s haul, and pick up a regular box of stuff, which’ll vary in variety/size based on how things are going and growing.
New to the CSA concept, and unsure where to begin? A little help: East Nashville restaurant Lockeland Table is hosting a CSA-focused class, in partnership with Sumner County’s White Squirrel Farm.
During the class, set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 16, Lockeland chef Hal M. Holden-Bache and White Squirrel’s Chris Winters will talk about the small-farm approach and work through recipes that highlight local-harvest ingredients. Students will learn to prep/prepare vegetables, sample dishes and take home a basket of White Squirrel Farm produce.
Tickets are $50, and you can reserve your spot by calling the restaurant, at 615-228-4864.
— We have an opening date for Burger UP's East Nashville location, in the former Turnip Truck at 970 Woodland Street: 4 p.m. on July 14, GM Brandon Ingle tells us.
— Nashville Business Journal: The purchase of the historic McGavock House and Ray of Hope Community Church sanctuary on Meridian might mean an expansion of the Belle Meade Winery here on our side of the river.
— The Pub at the Basement East (917 Woodland) just launched a trivia night, Wednesdays starting at 8 p.m. Free to play, cash prizes for winners (first place is $50).
— Add Smith & Lentz Brewing Company (903 Main) to the list of East Nashville venues hosting live comedy shows — an open mic is kicking off there Wednesday nights. Sign-up at 7 p.m., show at 7:30. (We like East Nashville comedy.)
— Tiffany (once an East Nashville shop owner, always the queen of mall pop) has a hometown show coming up on August 24 at 12th & Porter.
— Support some young entrepreneurs: Second, third and fourth-grade students from the East Nashville Hope Exchange’s summer literacy program have been hard at work on business studies, and they’re putting their lessons to use Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Turnip Truck (701 Woodland), running a lemonade stand with hand-squeezed lemonade. Those cool kids’ll be donating the proceeds to charity, too.
— The touring musical production of Blast! The Music of Disney set up shop at East High to practice for a month, and the space-sharing netted the school’s band program a cool $5K.
— If you’ve just gotten a new puppy/kitten (or are planning to), keep this in mind: All through July, Pet Community Center is offering puppy and kitten spay/neuter services for $10. Just show ‘em the coupon at this link.
— Fun happenings over at Mas Tacos Por Favor: new signage, plus cocktails coming soon.
— Congrats go out to the folks at Edley’s Bar-B-Que, who opened their new Sylvan Park location this week.
That’s it for this week. Something East Nashville-y on your mind? Please email Nicole.