Long-awaited restaurant openings and reopenings, new restaurant news — the timing of our in-the-works Food & Drink issue seemingly couldn’t be better. (Need an ad in there? Reach Lisa at email@example.com.)
Here’s the latest East Nashville news:
Stay Golden cafe opening in East Nashville
We shared this tidbit separately earlier this week, but in case you missed it:
Coming in November to the Wabash building in East Nashville, at 901 Woodland St., Ste. 101: restaurant and cafe Stay Golden, a sister spot to the Stay Golden Restaurant & Roastery, which opened in Berry Hill this August.
Like its predecessor, the Stay Golden here on the East Side is set to offer an all-day menu of seasonally focused food, plus coffee and cocktails, with easy options for staying and going, including a walk-up coffee counter with to-go food and drinks, plus a 100-seat dining room and outdoor patio.
In the East Nashville kitchen, sous chef Alex Mills takes the helm (with guidance from executive chef Simoni Kigweba, who’s also overseeing the Berry Hill location). Drinkable things will be wrangled by beverage director Nathanael Mehrens (also wrangling Berry Hill).
Among the fun twists they plan to share here (which may be particularly appealing to locals on a budget): their signature “Golden Hour” happy hour, Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m., with rotating food and drink specials.
Though the team behind Stay Golden — which also includes general manager Robbie Melton, director of hospitality Jamie Cunningham and Joe Moore of DesignWorks Collective — is barely a few months past the flagship opening, an East Nashville expansion, according to Cunningham, was pretty much an inevitability.
“We’ve always loved East Nashville,” he says. “I moved to the East Side in 2009 and haven’t looked back. It’s home to me and I want to add to the amazing food and beverage offerings that already exist.”
Beyond adding to the food scene, Cunningham hopes that Stay Golden can bring more to the East Side community, too.
“Every space we open is meant to add value to the surrounding community and those who live and work in it,” he says. “One of the biggest ways we do that is to hire amazing people, pay them well, and teach them to serve with passion.”
Odds are, Stay Golden’s going to stay growing, too.
“We’re pumped to show Nashville a new kind of restaurant experience,” Cunningham says. “We definitely plan to expand into more than just these two spaces. But we’re not in a hurry. We want to grow smart, not fast. We will work to stabilize the first two before we look to expand any further.”
Once the doors open in November (an exact date hasn’t been announced yet), planned hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8-5 Saturday and Sunday. Meantime, you can get to know Stay Golden’s approach at stay-golden.com, and visit the Berry Hill store at 2934 Sidco Dr., Ste. 130.
Old Crow’s Ketch Secor releases children book
Ketch Secor’s list of accomplishments was already impressive, and multi-faceted: He’s a Grammy-winning musician and Grand Ole Opry member, as a founder of string band Old Crow Medicine Show; and in 2016, he also helped launch Episcopal School of Nashville here in East Nashville, now in its third year, educating kids from Pre-K through fourth grade.
Add another twist to his resume: This month, Secor issued his first children’s book, Lorraine, alongside illustrator Higgins Bond.
The book — a “sweeping, epic Americana story about the power of music and family” — already earned Amazon “Best Books of the Month” honors for October (Amazon works with kind of a lotta books, so it’s not too shabby for a first-timer).
Secor says he pulled inspiration for the story from old Appalachian folktales he came upon early in Old Crow’s existence, while living in the Eastern part of our state. “I’m interested in telling children’s stories using the traditional form found in folktales, and incorporating all of these elements of music that both make it fun for kids and also harken to the richness of Tennessee culture,” he told publisher Sourcebooks.
He has a list of ordering options up on his website, and an added bonus for book-buyers: Secor’s book-sale profits are going directly to the Episcopal School of Nashville, to help the young educational institution grow.
For more about Secor and Lorraine, visit ketchsecor.com. For more on East Nashville’s Episcopal School of Nashville, head to esnashville.org.
Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop opens
We’ve been waiting since February to get a chance to walk into the new East Nashville home of Slow Hand Coffee. Waitin’s over: Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop — a slightly rebranded and revamped version of the Slow Hand concept, with a deeper emphasis on housemade pastries — is set to open its doors just as this column’s going up, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1012 Gallatin Ave.
Normal operating hours at Slow Hand will be 7 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week, with a full menu of caffeinated beverages, along with sandwiches, biscuits, and plenty of sweet stuff.
“We’ll be getting our bearings the first few weeks, but we’re ready to meet the neighborhood,” pastry chef/co-owner Audry Guidry tells us.
The original Slow Hand Coffee opened downtown in 2015, and served its last coffee and pastries in July, as the team — which includes Guidry’s husband, co-owner/chef Nick Guidry — prepped for their East Nashville rebirth.
As Slow Hand’s getting up and going, the Guidrys are still hard at work on the second concept they’re launching in that location: full-service restaurant Pelican & Pig.
Audra Guidry tells us the opening of that space, situated in between Slow Hand and tropical bar Pearl Diver, is still a few weeks out. But once it gets going, they’ll offer a menu based around live wood/ember fire cooking, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, and plenty of in-house baked goods.
For more on Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop, follow @slowhandcoffeebakeshop on Instagram. For Pelican & Pig updates: @pelicanandpig.
Far East reopens
Been missing Far East Nashville Vietnamese Restaurant during their renovation? Good news: As of Wednesday, those folks are back slinging pho and other Vietnamese favorites at 1008 Fatherland St., in a renewed and expanded space.
Construction started over the summer, with Far East taking over the adjacent former Bakery by frothy monkey location to expand their dining space and add a full bar.
Along with the new additions to the space, the Far East folks have lots of new menu items to introduce, too.
Hours going forward: lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday to Saturday; dinner 4-9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and 4-10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
New late-night hours are on the way, too: Starting next week, they’re planning to add 10 p.m.-2 a.m. evening eats to the mix.
For more, visit fareastnashville.com, and catch the latest updates by following @fareastnashville on Instagram.
Boedecker Foundation eyeing East Side non-profit campus
It’s still in the early stages, but if all goes as planned, the South Inglewood area could be home to a new nonprofit campus of sorts, led by charitable organization the Boedecker Foundation.
The Foundation purchased the two-acre former Family Affair Ministries Fellowship property (at the corner of Riverside Drive and Porter Road) last summer, and late last month, they shared their plans for the location with neighbors here in East Nashville.
The intent, District 7 Metro Councilmember Anthony Davis kindly summed up for us (hey, we were outta town), is to create a hub for a variety of nonprofit work. The onetime Sunday school class building would house different nonprofit tenants; the original church building would become an event space geared toward those tenants; the basement would become a community kitchen and culinary training center.
In a rear building on the property, a coffee/cafe concept was also pitched (though with an ideal eye on welcoming a concept with a service bent, such as Thistle Farms).
“I think all was positive in the meeting, and neighbors liked hearing about the concept,” Davis told us.
Updates are expected after a planning commission meeting later this month. Above, a rendering of what the campus might look like. We’ll update when we hear more.
— If you’re a local musician/otherwise entertainment-focused professional, you won’t want to miss the Pro Bono Entertainment Law Clinic the folks at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville are helping wrangle here in the neighborhood. It’s set for Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Shelby Community Center. You’ll need to reach out ahead of time to sign up, but attendees can grab 30 minutes with a volunteer attorney, who’ll be there to answer your various and sundry entertainment law-related questions. Lots more info (including how to sign up) at abcnashville.org.
— Brightside Bakeshop, the brioche-angled bakery we wrote about early this month, has set an East Nashville opening date. They’ll start selling at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, until they’re sold out, at 713 Porter Rd.
— Reports of the Nashville August Moon Drive-in’s death have been greatly exaggerated. “We are as committed to Nashville as we’ve ever been,” says founder Michael Counts.
— Fort Louise’s Jessie Bowers was featured on Today in Nashville this week, mixing up one of the Riverside Village restaurant’s new fall cocktails, the Cumberland Silo.
— Baker Beca Lewis Skeels (one of the folks behind incoming East Nashville biz The Catio) is planning on hosting an open fire baking workshop in November. You can learn to make cast-iron pie, soup-can cake and more.
— On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise show is set to film at Edley’s Bar-B-Que on the other side of town. We’d usually direct you to the East Nashville location, but just in case you might like to make a TV cameo while you eat brisket tacos…
— Chamber-music ensemble chatterbird has a concert coming up here in Inglewood, at Ed Nash’s art studio, wherein they’ll perform music by composer Christopher Cerrone, and Nash will be live-painting for the duration of the concert. Show’s set for Thursday, Oct. 25, and tickets are available on a pay-your-wage sliding scale.
— The former Nashville Wholesale Meats building at 1201 Gallatin Ave. is up for sale, listed at roundabout $3.3 million.
— On Friday, Oct. 26, The Church at Lockeland Springs (16th and Holly) hosts its second annual Fall Fest, with a kid-friendly outdoor movie, pumpkin decorating, chili, pizza, and “various other fallish-type things.”
— At the Paint Your Pet Party at East Nashville Beer Works on Oct. 24, you won’t actually be painting your pet directly (not that there’s anything wrong with that?), rather painting a pet portrait, with help from the Paint Your Pet Party folks. Tickets are $45.
— Rather paint a pumpkin? Done (and here, you’ll actually paint the pumpkin). Gift Horse is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Party on Thursday, Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m., with Nashville Craft Party. They’ll have all the stuff you need to deck out a gourd (paint, glitter, pom poms and all, plus the pumpkins), along with drinks and fall treats. Tickets are $35.
— Travel site TripAdvisor released a list of “America’s 10 Best Pizzerias,” with rankings based on “millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners.” In the mix, at No. 7: East Nashville’s own Five Points Pizza.
That’s all for this week. Have some East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.