New Nashville Restaurants


The Southern Steak & Oyster

150 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201
(in the Pinnacle building)

The Southern softly “opened” on Friday, purposely closed on Saturday and Sunday for some final touches, and is now open today! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week (brunch on Saturdays & Sundays), it is a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene.

Owned by the same group that’s behind The Loveless Cafe, Saffire, and The Farm House at Fontanel, I have high hopes for this place. Saffire has been one of my favorite restaurants in Franklin for many years, and rumor is that The Southern is similar, but with even more offerings!

I’m already making plans to visit there for lunch this week, so fingers crossed it’s as fantastic as I’m hoping it will be. Any of you just happen to get a sneak peek on Friday when it was open? If so, I would love to hear what you ate, especially if it’s something I need to order!

Visit their website to see menus, but be sure to “like” them on Facebook to see daily specials, photos and more!



Urban Grub

2506 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

I mentioned this new restaurant back in the fall. Originally slated to open around Christmas-time, then pushed to February, it looks like perhaps this Tuesday will actually be the big day! It seems there was a private sneak preview last week, so hopefully all went smoothly and this week truly will be the grand opening. I’m sure they are as ready to get those doors open as we are to have them open!

With Latin dishes, Southern food, seafood and charcuterie mentioned as menu items, it seems like an unusual mix, but with Deb Paquette helping to develop the menu, I have no doubt that our palates will be delighted!

For more information, see their website and Facebook page.



credit: tomato by Jen Chan

Pomodoro East

701 Porter Rd
Nashville, TN 37206
615- 873-4978

Apparently this restaurant opened in the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I’ve had to spend several minutes of my precious time trying to figure that out. With no website, no Facebook page and no Yelp listing for them, I’ve gathered what little info I can from various sources.

I have to say, I find it really annoying when a restaurant doesn’t have a website or at the very least, a Facebook account. How hard could it be to set up a page that has address, hours, and phone numbers listed?

If you have dined at Pomodoro East, please chime in with your thoughts. It’ll likely be a while before I make my way over to East Nashville to check it out. Want to know what’s on the menu? See this Bites blog post for a photo of it.




Lockeland Table

1520 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

Whereas I’m annoyed with the lack of online presence for one East Nashville establishment, I’m thrilled to find that Lockeland Table, a yet-to-be opened restaurant being brought to us by Chef Hal Holden-Bache, has a great online presence already.

Although their website isn’t yet functional, they do have a Facebook page and Twitter account. They’re even using Facebook to get customer input on the bar stools being put in the restaurant! I love this. (other restaurants, take note!)



303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201
(in the Encore)

Previously, I reported that the name of this new Deb Paquette helmed restaurant was Echo. Well, in the days since I wrote that blog post, the name changed to Etch. Also, originally slated to open in March, owner Doug Hogrefe reports that it’s now looking more like a July open date.

As you may have noted from the Urban Grub description above, Deb has been keeping busy by helping out there for a while before she begins working full time on Etch.

Located downtown on the ground floor of the Encore condominium building, Etch is within a hop, skip & a jump of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Symphony Center, the arena and the new convention center. I have a feeling this is going to become one of the hottest spots in town this summer!

There is a website, but as of now, it just directs to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, so follow those to keep up with the progress.