On My Radar: Upcoming Nashville Restaurant Openings

This past year (heck, just the past few months!) a plethora of new dining and drinking establishments have opened in Nashville, and several of them have become personal favorites (Etch, Lockeland Table, Rolf & Daughters, blvd). There are still a few I haven’t made it to yet (Salsa, Rosebud Bistro, Cafe Fundamental, Pub 5), but after hearing good things, I definitely plan to darken their doors very soon.

Then there are the “Must Try As Soon As The Doors Open” spots that I’ve listed below. These are soon-to-be-opened restaurants that I’m super pumped about. What about you? Heard any scoop on a new place you’re excited about?


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Peg Leg Porker

903 Gleaves St
Nashville, TN 37203

Projected opening: April 2013

The very first pork butt I smoked was fantastic, and I owe Peg Leg Porker all the credit. In case you missed that post, you can see it here. Carey Bringle, aka Peg Leg Porker, has been a fixture in the competition bbq world for years. As you can see from my experience, he also created an incredible, easy-to-use smoking kit so even amateurs like me could turn out some tasty bbq at home. But now he’s got even grander plans brewin’: a restaurant right around the corner from Yazoo!

To keep in the loop on opening date and possibly even win some free swag, follow Peg Leg Porker on Facebook .


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Mason’s Restaurant and Mason Bar

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Projected opening: May 9, 2013

For the past few months, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has been under major renovation, which includes creating a new Southern brasserie-style restaurant and bar, Mason’s and Mason Bar. Recently Loews announced that Brandon Frohne, known locally for his underground pop-up dinner club Forage South, and for the amazing dishes he creates at various culinary competitions around town, will be their Executive Chef.

Having personally tasted Brandon’s delicious food on a few occasions, I have high hopes for this place!

Follow Mason’s on Twitter and/or become a fan on Facebook to keep up with all the latest and greatest they have in store for us.






37 Rutledge St,
Nashville, TN 37210

Projected opening: May 2013

Duh. Really. There’s really not much I can add to this that hasn’t already been said here, and here, and here, and here, and here and… well, you get my point. Husk Nashville is happening and the whole city is thrilled!

Follow Husk Nashville Twitter and check their blog from time to time to see construction progress and be the first to know when an actual opening date is set!


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Chauhan Ale & Masala House

123 12th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37203

Projected opening: ??? Fall 2013 ????   UPDATE: Spring 2014

Recently a little birdie shared with me plans for a beyond-exciting new concept to be located in the Gulch. Chef Maneet Chauhan, one of the chef judges on Food Network’s Chopped, will soon be heading to Nashville to open a global inspired tapas restaurant– something I’ve been hoping, wishing, praying would happen here for ages! Pair those tapas with an interesting array of beers infused with Indian spices – perhaps a coriander lager?- and I’m verklempt.

That’s all I can share right now but rest assured, as I know more, I’ll definitely fill you in!