Nancy Vienneau, who reviews restaurants for The Tennessean, recently reported that nearly 140 new restaurants opened in Nashville in 2018. Gulp! That’s nearly three openings a week for those counting at home — if you’re not already dining out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Naysayers utter the “S word” — as in saturation — about the local restaurant market. Indeed, there’s at least a restaurant closing a week these days. And the super-tight labor market for servers, cooks, and dishwashers leaves little margin for error.
Nevertheless, a steady stream of new restaurants and bars are slated to open in the coming weeks and months. Here’s a sampling of restaurants expected to open in 2019, as culled from news reports from The Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Scene, and Eater Nashville:
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. The Charlotte chain is set for the Vertis Green Hills complex. 4000 Hillsboro Pike.
Central BBQ. The Memphis favorite is slated for the Capitol View development just north of downtown.
Chopper. Long-awaited tiki bar from Barista Parlor owner and founder Andy Mumma, Isle of Printing founder Bryce McCloud, and former Husk Nashville bar manager Mike Wolf take over the former Bar Luca space. 1100B Stratton Avenue, East Nashville.
Donut Distillery. A brick-and-mortar location of the Nashville-area food truck. 311 Gallatin Pike.
Downtown Sporting Club. An ambitious, multistory bar-restaurant-nightclub-hotel-entertainment venue from Strategic Hospitality’s Benjamin and Max Goldberg in their former Paradise Park spot on Lower Broadway. There promises to be ax-throwing on the second floor. 411 Broadway.
The Eastern Peak. The third Nashville-area location of the Kentucky-based Thai mini-chain is set for 12th Avenue and Grundy Street in The Gulch.
Flying Axes. Ax-throwing bar in Wedgewood-Houston. 2018B Lindell Avenue.
Gino’s East. The famed Chicago pizzeria is set for a location in the former Sole Mio spot in SoBro. 311 Third Ave S.
The Hampton Social. Offshoot of Chicago-based chain offers coastal fare. 222 Second Ave. S, SoBro.
Kettner Coffee Supply. Coffee house from entrepreneur Hannah Schneider in the Eastland. 1035 W Eastland Ave, East Nashville.
L&L Market. Several restaurants are slated for the former Se-Ling Hosiery Mill, including Five Daughters Bakery, Il Forno wood-fired pizza truck, Tree House Macaroons, and Penne Pazze Italian restaurant. 3814 Charlotte Ave.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. The latest location of Pat Martin’s barbecue empire is set or the old Logan’s Roadhouse location. 2400 Elliston Place, Midtown.
O-Ku. An offshoot of the Charleston original from the Indigo Road Restaurant Group that brought us Oak Steakhouse. 1400 Adams St, Germantown.
Pancho and Lefty’s. Mexican restaurant from the owners of Edley’s Bar-B-Que are set to move into the former Local Taco spot in Sylvan Park. 4501 Murphy Road.
Pelican & Pig. Wood-fired cooking is to be featured at the companion spot to Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop from Nick and Audra Guidry. 1012 Gallatin Pike, East Nashville. Opens January 24.
Primrose Table. Contemporary restaurant from Nashville chef Jason Matheson. 1650 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro.
Red Phone Booth. Atlanta-based speakeasy bar concept. 136 Rosa Parks Blvd,Downtown Nashville.
Santo. The owners of 12South’s Epice are set to open a Mediterranean restaurant in the Vertis Green Hills development. 4000 Hillsboro Pike.
Steamboys. Fast-casual Chinese restaurant in Germantown. 1226 Second Ave. N, Germantown.
The Sunflower Bakehouse. A spinoff of Berry Hill’s Sunflower Cafe. 2414 Lebanon Pike, Donelson.
Various Artists Brewing Co. 1011 Elm Hill Pike, Donelson.
Crema. Downtown coffee shop is relocating its roasting and fulfillment operation to East Nashville, which will have a small takeout cafe. 226 Duke St, East Nashville.
The Optimist/Le Loup/Star Rover. Restaurant The Optimist, an offshoot of the award-winning Atlanta restaurant, and adjoining cocktail lounge Le Loup from famed Atlanta chef Ford Fry, with listening room Star Rover. 1400 Adams St, Germantown.
STK Nashville. Worldwide high-end steak house chain set for the former home of Prima in the Terrazzo condo and office building. 700 12th Ave S.
Beauty Queen. The much-delayed bar concept in East Nashville adjoining sister spot Rosemary. 1102 Forrest Ave.
Cava. A Washington, DC-based Mediterranean spot is set for locations at both The Mall at Green Hills and the Fifth + Broadway development.
Living Waters Brewing. Brewery and coffee bar. 1056 East Trinity Lane, East Nashville.
Unnamed restaurant linked to ex-Catbird Seat Trevor Moran in the Nations. From Strategic Hospitality’s Benjamin and Max Goldberg. 4901 Centennial Blvd.
ANTICIPATED FOR 2020:
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Slim & Husky’s, Shake Shack and Cava are set for the Fifth + Broadway complex on Lower Broadway.