Olive and Sinclair is a local favorite. Who doesn’t like bean-to-bar chocolate made with local love? They recently moved locations, and we got a chance to check out the new factory and learn about the bean-to-bar process.
We’re pretty sure founder and owner of Olive and Sinclair, Scott Witherow, is allergic to anything new. He admitted that he can’t force himself to buy anything new. The “new” factory is in an old building on Fatherland in East Nashville, which Witherow has been eyeing for a while. In its history, the building has housed two different food manufacturers, but was most recently a woodworking shop. Everything in the factory has been “salvaged or hoarded” by Witherow, and we love the vintage vibe it exudes. One of our favorite features is the “EAT” sign, which came from a diner out of Virginia.
Witherow’s passion for vintage and artisanship has inspired his traditional or “old” method of making chocolate — stone ground bean-to-bar. We won’t dive into the bean-to-bar process we learned so much about because you need to take the tour to really appreciate the time and effort spent on every chocolate bar. You won’t see this kind of hands-on approach at Hershey’s.
Tours: On the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays!
Address: 1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
Retail Hours: Thursday thru Saturday: 10am to 5pm