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Tavern and Whiskey Kitchen Permanently Closed
Tavern and Whiskey Kitchen, two longtime popular concepts from MStreet Entertainment, announced their permanent closures via social media on September 13, 2022 (see the initial posts from Tavern and Whiskey Kitchen on Instagram). Hundreds of comments flooded in on Nashville Guru’s Instagram posts about the end of both establishments, many mourning the loss of popular dishes like the Singapore Stir Fry and Kale Salad (see Guru’s posts for Tavern and Whiskey Kitchen). There has been buzz regarding Whiskey Kitchen’s eventual closure due to a new hotel concept taking over the property, but the shuttering of Tavern was a shock to many.
MStreet announced further details on September 14, 2022 explaining the reason for closure:
“After 13 years of operations, Whiskey Kitchen is closing to make way for a new hotel development led by developer CB Ragland. It is most likely that MStreet will put a new restaurant in the hotel upon its completion in 2024.
Tavern is also being closed as the 15-year old space requires facility upgrades. MStreet is evaluating the future of the space.
100% of the Whiskey Kitchen and Tavern teams are being relocated to the other MStreet restaurants—Saint Anejo, Moto, Virago, and Kayne Prime. This consolidation of staffing will allow these concepts to be open back to full hours of operation. Stay tuned for more great MStreet concepts to come!”
Whiskey Kitchen paved the way on McGavock Street in September 2009, being the first of the group’s concepts to open on “M Street.”
Tavern took over the space previously occupied by Lime in Midtown in January 2011, and was one of Nashville’s most popular brunch destinations.
Henley offers new brunch special, “Honky Tonk Cure-All”
Henley is offering a brand new brunch special, “Honky Tonk Cure-All.” This brunch is designed for those having a rough morning after a long night out! For $30 guests will receive coffee, juice, a Bloody Mary or mimosa, and a special brunch dish prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The new brunch special is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:30pm.
“Top Chef” Jamie Lynch opening new restaurant in Nashville
“Top Chef” Jamie Lynch and Charlotte-based restaurant group The 5th Street Group are set to open Church and Union in Downtown Nashville. Church and Union will serve New American cuisine with the use of local ingredients. The restaurant will be open seven days a week offering lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Church and Union is scheduled to open winter 2020.
Vivek Surti of Tailor is a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast
Vivek Surti, culinary creator of Tailor Nashville, is a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast. Surti offers his guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience focusing on South Asian American cuisine. Those nominated with this prestigious honor represent extraordinary talent and restaurants across 12 regions. Fellow Nashville chef semifinalists are Josh Habiger from Bastion, Philip Krajeck from FOLK and Julia Sullivan from Henrietta Red.
Mother’s Ruin Now Serving Daily Brunch
Mother’s Ruin is now serving daily brunch 365 days a year. During the week brunch will be served from 11:00am to 4:00pm and on the weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Guests can expect weekly rotating brunch cocktails, French Toast sticks topped with blueberry maple syrup, and croissants made with bacon!
Union Common Now Closed
Union Common officially closed Thursday, January 30, 2020. The restaurant is now under new ownership and will be closed during the renovations. This Midtown staple first opened in August 2014. The announcement was made via Instagram.
Chopt now open in Green Hills
Chopt officially opened its second Nashville location on Thursday, January 16, 2020, in Green Hills. The fast-casual restaurant serves creative salads focusing on quality and flavor. This location includes over 100 seats, featuring a communal dining area, comfortable booth seating, and outdoor seating.
New Speakeasy Coming to West End
Fable Lounge, a new speakeasy and cocktail destination, is opening on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in the former Jed’s location in the West End neighborhood. Guests can expect creative libations, local brews, and a food menu featuring modern American comfort food. The space features a mezzanine, upstairs patio, piano lounge, and outdoor patio cigar lounge.
Pepperfire Hot Chicken is relocating to Marathon Village
Pepperfire Hot Chicken is relocating to Marathon Village in early March. The storefront is located at 1400 Jo Johnston Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. The East Nashville location is currently closed, but between now and opening of the new location, Pepperfire will host various pop-up dinners with community partners.
Red Phone Booth Opens This Week
Red Phone Booth, a concept out of Atlanta, opens on Repeal Day, Thursday, December 5, 2019, in Downtown Nashville at 136 Rosa Parks Boulevard (map). The 1920’s-style speakeasy and cigar bar is located in a historic, 5,200-square-foot space.
Guests can expect high-end, classic craft cocktails, including over 180 whiskeys ranging from rare bourbon to Japanese whiskey. Cigar enthusiasts will enjoy the cigar program featuring a humidor selection of over 100 labels. Small plates like fresh seafood, carpaccio, and house-made desserts are also available.
In order to enter, you must know the secret phone number and enter it in the red phone booth outside. The entry code is not made public, so guests must get it from a member or friend. Memberships are available, but you do not have to be a member to enter.
There is a dress code, which advocates tasteful attire. Men are required to wear a collared shirt or sports coat. Guests may borrow house sports coats. Women are asked not to wear athletic wear or excessively ripped clothing.