First, some self-congratulation: Our biggest issue of the year — the annual East Nashvillian Tomato Art Fest issue — just hit the streets and our website, and we’re really proud of it. Give it a read; there's lots of great stuff, from Hard Working Americans to beekeeping to a deeper look into the magical mind of our editor, Chuck.
Second, big congrats to Burger UP, whose East Nashville outpost is in the middle of opening day as this column is going up. We gave it a test run last night, and the place is cozy and cool, and the staff is already humming. Oh and the burgers were grade-A great, too.
Beyond that, this week, we’re looking a Gift Horse all up in its face, looking toward an artisan community on the horizon, getting stoked about pie and Chinese food and more. On to it.
Look, a Gift Horse
The Fatherland District is about to get another new shopping stop: Gift Horse, “Nashville’s spot for paper goods & gifts,” aims to host their grand opening at 1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 301, on Saturday, August 13.
Led by Jessica Maloan (formerly of Eastside paper goods shop PULP) and designer/illustrator/screenprinter Andy Vastagh of Boss Construction, the shop’s set to stock a broad mix of handmade goods including a “massive selection” of greeting cards, art prints, ceramics, home goods, jewelry and more. Visitors should expect to see the work of a bunch of local/regional artisans, too, including Vastagh's Boss Construction, Memphis’ Paper & Clay and Atlanta’s Methane Studios.
“We've both lived in East Nashville for 10-plus years,” Maloan says, “and (we) felt like our neighborhood really needed a place to showcase some of our most talented local artists and offer unique and affordable gifts.”
If the name sounds familiar, it might be because you did some shopping at a past pop-up version of Gift Horse, inside the East Side’s Sawtooth Print Shop. But with the new location, they’ll be popping up, and staying popped.
August 13’s grand opening celebration will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to coincide with the Tomato Art Fest.
East Nashville artisan community in the works
First, congrats are due to beloved Nashville venue 3rd & Lindsley on their 25th year of providing us with top-notch shows.
On a more East Nashville-related note: In celebrating that praise-worthy accomplishment, touring trade outlet Pollstar hinted at an exciting, unusual and hugely needed endeavor in the works from 3&L owner Ron Brice and partner Richard King, nestled on our side of the river.
From that publication:
“The two have plans to create an artisan community in east Nashville. They own 35 acres with an 800-foot peak above the city and plan to develop the bottom 14 acres into 98 lots for housing.
“At the top, an indoor/outdoor 200-capacity event space will be developed with room to expand and feature plug-and-play entertainment with fire pits and plenty of greenway to walk. It’s the highest elevation point in Davidson County and only four miles from the city’s center.
“A place where musicians can live and hang out and create,” Brice said.
Brice tells us that he and King are in the early stages of developing the project, and that we should have lots more to talk about in the coming months. We’ll share more as things shape up. Meantime, the above is the view from the top of the property. Not bad.
If you’d like to share some 25th-anniversary respect with Brice and his team, there’s lots of great stuff coming up at 3rd & Lindsley, including a live CD/DVD recording with world-class Nashville belters The McCrary Sisters in August.
Porter House Bistro staying put
Back in May, French-inspired restaurant Porter House Bistro updated fans with some big news: Lease negotiations were leading to a need for an impending move, and thus, the search for a new location had begun.
But in late June, the PHB shared a happy update: “Just clarifying as we are getting many messages,” a social post reads. “We expect to sign our lease to stay here at 1115 Porter. We expect this will happen in the next couple of weeks. We are open as normal.”
The initial announcement indicated that July 3 would be the last Porter House day on Porter Road, and that day came and went with the restaurant still serving. We reached out for more details, and will update, but meantime: Porter House Bistro is open here in East Nashville at 1115 Porter Road, 5 p.m to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 to 10 on Saturday and 10 to 9 on Sunday.
Pie Festival returns
Next week’s East Nashville Farmers Market will, for the second year, celebrate one of the best things you can do with fruits and/or vegetables and/or meat and eggs: the making of pie.
The 2nd Annual Pie Festival, at Wednesday, July 20’s East Nashville Farmers Market, is a celebration. It’s a contest. It’s a chance to shop for produce while surrounded by pie.
The fest kicks off when the market opens at 3:30 p.m., with judging going down between 4 and 5, winners being crowned at 6 and pie sampling commencing thereafter. (The market wraps at 7.) Throughout, you can shop, grab dinner from food trucks and hang out in scenic Shelby Park.
Top pies will be chosen in sweet, savory and hand pie categories, and ingredient lists/recipes are going to be shared. If you haven’t been to the East Nashville Farmers Market yet this season, Wednesday should be your day.
Angelhouse Family Dinner pops up with Chinese comfort food
We still have a long way to go in East Nashville in terms of Chinese food options. The in-the-works TKO restaurant might make a dent, but in the meantime, chef Alex Wong is doing his part.
Wong’s Angelhouse Family Dinner — “a pop-up dinner series bringing Chinese comfort food to Nashville” — is based here in Cleveland Park, and at its pop-up seatings, he’s serving a menu based on dishes he grew up with (including stuff he learned from his grandfather, a chef in a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, and other kitchen-skilled family members).
From Wong’s bio:
“Since moving to Nashville two years ago, I’ve noticed a lot of parallels between Southern comfort food and the Southern Chinese food I grew up with and loved as a kid… the inviting warmth of the dishes, the exciting textures and colors of the ingredients, and accessible yet complex flavors achieved over several days of cooking. We created Angelhouse Family Dinner in order to share some of my favorite Chinese dishes — my 'comfort food' — with our new community.”
Recent Angelhouse menus included Cantonese-style crispy chicken wings, Peking-style duck sandwiches and Dim Sum donut finger with orange-blossom whipped cream.
If your interest is piqued, Wong and Co. have seatings coming up on July 27, August 10 and August 24, and there were seats available at all of those at the time of this posting. Meals are $50 per person, and you get the address once you purchase your spot.
Follow Angelhouse Family Dinner on Facebook for updates about new seatings and other news.
— Saturday, July 23 at YWCA women's resale boutique 2616, everything in the store is 50 percent off. Head by 2616 Gallatin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Among the guests on Showtime series Roadies’ season finale in August: My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and our neighbor Robyn Hitchcock.
— East Nashville’s The Dead Deads announced a release date for their new LP, just ahead of their tour with rock elder statesmen Bush: For Your Obliteration is due out August 26.
— Cheer up, emo kids: Nashville is the Reason — our town’s regular emo and punk night — moved to The Beast.
— East Nashville’s Butcher & Bee and Smith & Lentz Brewing are teaming up on Monday, July 25 for a multi-course beer pairing meal that sounds pretty awesome, and very East Nashville-y. It’s $75 per person.
— Do some shopping at the Barista Parlor Summer Market Sunday from noon to 6. Art, vintage, clothing and more.
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.