First things first: Our new issue is out, and it has some fantastic stories in it, from the cover piece on country shaker-upper Aubrie Sellers to the history made in a little East Nashville house by Guy and Susanna Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Plus our East-angled holiday gift guide and much, much more.
Beyond, we have some fun stuff to pass along this week, including several new restaurants in the works, an early look at the reimagined Walmart complex and a way to help WXNA keep bringing music to our ears.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Rolf and Daughters’ little sister on the way
Maybe the most talked-about new East Nashville development news this week: Lauded Nashville chef Philip Krajeck, who currently leads Germantown’s Rolf and Daughters, is working on opening a yet-unnamed East Nashville restaurant, The Tennessean reports.
The paper says Krajeck’s signed on to lease 823 and 825 Meridian in McFerrin Park, a building previously used for manufacturing and the like.
Eater Nashville says we should expect “a seasonally focused neighborhood restaurant,” with wood-fired pizza and other sharing-centric menu items.
If you’re unfamiliar with Krajeck and Rolf and Daughters, a few things to consider: He’s a multiple James Beard nominee, and Bon Appétit named R&D the third best new restaurant in the country when it was barely a baby business. Bodes well, no?
More East Nashville pizza coming?
Jacob Steimer at the Nashville Business Journal sleuthed out a new neighborhood pizza possibility: According to a story he dropped late last week, Louisville-based BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse has its biz eyes on 1003 Russell St., the large property that formerly housed Crystal Fountain Church of God in Christ.
The Kentucky brand works in “award-winning gourmet pizzas with premium ingredients” and craft beer, and seven locations are already slinging slices around Louisville and in Indiana. This would be their first Nashville spot.
Otaku comes back (briefly), POP to close for good
As we mentioned last month, Little Octopus set a date for its East Nashville departure, and it’s imminent: November 20. Those folks will be moving over the river to a forever home in The Gulch, leaving their longtime pop-up spot POP empty.
We’d previously heard that a new restaurant concept was due to take over there, but founder and owner Sarah Gavigan sent a note this week laying out new plans, and those plans are a little different than we expected.
First, Gavigan and Co.’s well-loved ramen brand, Otaku, will be coming back this way (they were an early pop-up resident, then moved to a permanent space in The Gulch). Otaku Annex is set to set up in POP, at 604 Gallatin, from November 29 to December 23, serving three ramen and a daily Robata-yaki menu, Tuesday through Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. (Plus a full bar, with select sakes and Japanese beers.)
Once the Otaku return is done, POP is set to close its doors.
“We are coming full circle with this pop-up and adding some outlandish options from the Yaki grill (custom made by my husband Brad Gavigan) as our last event at POP,” Gavigan said in a message, noting that the POP moniker would remain as the name of their holding company.
We haven’t heard a planned opening date for the new Little Octopus location yet, but when it does reopen, it’ll be in the longtime Ru San’s space at 505 12th Ave. S.
An early peek at the reborn East Side Walmart space
Few things elicited as much East Nashville banter as the closing of — and the subsequent questions around — the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Gallatin. We did a whole piece on the hubbub not too long ago.
Of course, we learned (spoiler alert) that there would be no Publix, no Trader Joe’s, etc., but rather “high-end” retail taking its place.
That’s still shaping up, but take a (rendered) look at what’s coming, above, from a Loopnet rental listing for the property. You can get a deeper look at what they’re working with in this flyer from Southeast Venture, too.
Currently, they’re looking at a fall 2017 delivery, so we’ve still got a hunk of time before we start shopping(?)/eating(?) etc. there, but looks like it’s plugging along.
WXNA launches pledge drive
Do you love Nashville’s independent free-form radio station, WXNA 101.5 FM? We sure do love Nashville’s independent free-form radio station, WXNA 101.5 FM.
Related: Now a few months into their “Low Power, High Voltage” revolution, the station is reaching out to its loving listeners to keep things going.
The non-profit, listener-supported station just launched its first pledge drive, and if you choose to chip in, every penny of your tax-deductible contribution will go toward keeping our community spoiled with on-air musical riches.
“As an all-volunteer, non-profit station, our overhead is relatively low, but it does cost money to run a radio station,” board of directors president Heather Lose said in a release. “We are grateful to our donors, underwriters and Kickstarter supporters who helped make the WXNA dream a reality. Now we invite all of our listeners to contribute…”
Since June, said listeners have been able to take in more than 80 locally produced shows from some of Nashville’s smartest music, comedy and talk minds, from artist and vinyl aficionado Jay Millar’s oddities show The Plural of Vinyl to fellow East Siders Mary Jay Berger and Chad Riden’s Nashville Standup Sits Down comedy show. Check out the full WXNA schedule here.
Supporters can throw in some bucks by calling the station at 615-933-9962, or hitting wxnafm.org.
Haven’t listened yet? Very much recommended: 101.5 FM, streaming online at wxnafm.org or through the TuneIn app.
Holiday cheer from Fa-la-la Fatherland, Santa visits
One of our favorite neighborhood holiday-shopping options is coming up again, and soon: The 2016 installment of Fa-la-la Fatherland is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Shoppes on Fatherland.
Fatherland shops including Abode Mercantile, The Panacherie, Baxter Bailey & Company and many others will be spreading the yuletide cheer, with prizes, games, refreshments and lots of awesome stuff with which to spoil the folk you love. Head to their Facebook event page for more, and mark it on your Christmas calendar.
Another one for the calendar: Brand new East Nashville kids shop The Crazy Kukla Boutique is getting a visit from St. Nick on Saturday, Dec. 3, and you’ll be able to grab free Santa photos, along with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies (and the opportunity to shop for the little ones in your life). Shop’s located at 1900 Eastland Ave., Unit 102, and you just need to sign up.
Looking for a more serious photo situation for your holiday cards? East Nashville non-profit Nashville Community Darkroom is doing holiday portraits again, and for $65, you get a 30-minute session with a pro photog, and the warm fuzzies that come with supporting a great neighborhood artist collective.
Portrait sessions are this Sunday, Nov. 20, and you can sign up/snag your time through Eventbrite.
(We’ll share lots more holiday stuff in the coming weeks, this is just what’s poked through pre-Thanksgiving.)
Hummingbird Cracker Company opens on Porter
Worth knowing if you’d like to transition to some healthy snacking after your Thanksgiving blowout: The Porter East development has a new shop, Hummingbird Cracker Company, serving up gluten-free, vegan, small-batch snacks created with vegetable pulp.
From the Hummingbird bio: “We take the natural, raw pulp leftover from making fresh vegetable juice and repurpose it in these crackers that are slowly dehydrated and bursting with maximum flavor.” Flavors include savory/spicy Fiesta and sweet/nutty Carrot Cake.
The shop, at 707 Porter Road, hosts a two-day grand opening celebration on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 25-26. So if you’re out and about and in need of nourishment/stocking stuffers, roll on by. Owner Krista Francis will have fresh juice and cracker samples on hand.
Explore Five Points bookstores this weekend
Some cities don’t have an independent bookstore to speak of nowadays. Our neighborhood has multiple awesome ones, and four of them — Her Bookshop, East Side Story, Defunct Books and Fairytales Bookstore and More — are hosting an afternoon event this Saturday that local book lovers won’t want to miss.
Saturday’s Five Points Bookstore Explore is set to run 3 to 6 p.m., with each shop offering up a special event that speaks to its individual personality. Here’s what’s happening:
3 to 3:30: Erin Duvall, author of "Country Music Hair," chat and book signing at Her Bookshop (1006 Fatherland St. #103A)
4 to 4:45: Lyrical Brew and Writings on the Wall founder Ciona Rouse, and three of the finest of The Regenerates in Lance Umenhofer, Robyn Leigh Lear, and Aaron Joel Lain, reading at East Side Story (1108 Woodland St. Ste. B)
5: Meg Wade and Matt Johnstone reading at Defunct Books (118 S. 11th St.)
5:45: Steve Simpson, author of "The Ice Cream Gypsy," on the front porch beside Pied Piper Creamery, reading at Fairytales Bookstore and More (114B S. 11th St.)
You can also choose to hop around at your leisure, get to know some authors and their work, get to know our local bookstores and do some shopping for the readers in your life — pretty decent way to spend a Saturday.
— The Friends of Riverside Dr. will once again be planting Yoshino Cherry Trees in the median on Riverside — and this one’ll be the biggest planting ever, with 60 trees going in the ground. Planting date is December 3; head here if you’d like to volunteer to help make it happen.
— Big congrats to Jason Zygmont of Treehouse for snagging Eater Nashville's Chef of the Year honors.
— From WKRN, a chat with Dr. Don J. Fenn, whose East Nashville office (along with Horner-Rausch Super Optical) is closing.
— We wrote recently about the rehab going on at the former Riverside Drive Church of Christ. The church across the way, at 1600 Riverside Dr., has been listed for sale too.
— The new Woodland Thrift is hosting a grand opening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 943-B Woodland.
— Check out our neighbor Margo Price on the Charlie Rose show this week, wearing our neighbors Sisters of Nature’s Run Away With Me Maxi dress.
That’s it for this week. Have any East Nashville tips you’d like to pass along? Please email Nicole.