More Nashville Restaurant Openings: {PUB}licity, Perl, Feast and Salsa


Several years ago I lived in Bellevue. Let’s just say the dining scene in that little corner of the world wasn’t exactly booming back then. And while I still wouldn’t exactly say that it’s booming now, things are certainly looking up!

In fact, just over the hill from my old house, a new gastropub has opened, and if it had been there when I lived in that house, there would have been a well worn path over the hill and through the woods to its front door.

Before {PUB}licity opened a couple of weeks ago, I got a sneak peek (and taste) of a few menu items, some of my favorites being the steak tacos with chimichurri, roasted chicken and gouda panini, fried artichoke with bacon aioli, veggie pasty, and the bacon sampler. Yes, you read that right. A Bacon Sampler made up of applewood smoked bacon, chocolate-dipped bacon and maple candied bacon. Uh huh.

In addition to the food, they have an extremely impressive beer list, wine and handcrafted cocktails.

Special thanks to my friend Erin who somehow managed to snap several pics while eating AND holding a baby. She’s much more talented than me, as I was doing good to just keep my little one from pulling all the plates off the table!


Check out their full menu on their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest news and happenings, including what beer they’ve just tapped!

7073 Hwy 70 S (in the Kroger shopping center)
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 730-6400

Mon – Sun 11 am – 11 pm

Not only did Bellevue just get an awesome new gastropub, but very soon a cute little gourmet cafe will be opening just down the street.

I’ve been a fan of perl catering for a couple of years now, ever since I first discovered their onion bisque at Iron Fork. Elizabeth and Robert, the husband-wife team behind perl, launched a KickStarter campaign earlier this year to raise funds for an actual brick and mortar location, and now, months later, they’re watching it come to life!

If all goes well with inspections this week, they’ll be serving their first brunch at Perl Market and Cafe this Saturday, December 1st. *UPDATE* – new opening date is Wednesday, December 5th!

The new business will offer breakfast and lunch with grab and go or sit down service, with an emphasis on local products.

Here are just a few menu items they’ve mentioned: Buffalo Frog Legs with celery root remoulade, a “DLT” made with duck confit & house cured bacon on fry bread, a pulled pork cassoulet, and waffle fried chicken with cider reduction and braised greens. Okay, I’m hungry now.


The walls of the cafe feature works by local artists, and the mix of second-hand furniture in fun colors and designs adds to the charm of the space

Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on the opening and be the first to know of any specials and features they have in the cafe and market!

7114 Hwy 70 S
Nashville, TN 37221
(615) 646-1390

Tues – Sat 6am – 6pm

(Note: The cafe space is also available for rent after 6 pm Tues- Sat and all day Sun & Mon)



On Monday, December 3rd, Feast restaurant officially opens in the old Allium/Germantown East space.

The locally owned restaurant describes its cuisine as “traditional foods with a twist”. Some items on the menu include mesquite smoked chicken egg rolls with barbecue dipping sauce, tarragon lemon ahi tuna with herbed focaccia crostini, tart apple pesto chicken salad, an assortment of flatbreads, a philly filet sandwich, and chicken feta ravioli.

And because I can’t help myself, I have to show you one of the desserts on the menu: Mocha Goo Goo Pie!


photo courtesy of Feast


Be sure to follow Feast on Twitter and their Facebook page because they’ve been doing some cool giveaways — I even won a free dessert! Wonder what I’ll order?

501 Main Street
Nashville TN 37206


Sun – Thurs 11 am- 10 pm
Fri and Sat 11 am – 11 pm



The area between Cummins Station and Mercy Lounge is about to get a little spicier! Salsa restaurant, featuring Puerto Rican and Latin cuisine, is scheduled to open next Thursday, December 6th some time the week of December 17th. (no restaurant ever seems to open as originally scheduled!!)

Juan Reyes, the chef/owner of Salsa, gave me a look around the new (though not yet completely finished) space yesterday, and boy, did I like what I saw! With vibrant colors and cool fixtures, it’s seems like a perfect place to grab a pitcher of sangria and cozy up in a booth with friends for hours on end.


 A peek inside Salsa

Before relocating to Nashville in July, Juan owned and operated a fantastic restaurant in Puerto Rico for 10 years, and is modeling his concept here around that successful business.

I’m already a really big fan of Latin cuisine, so just a quick glance at the menu has me almost salivating in anticipation. The first item on my wish list? Churrasco with Tamarind and Ginger Sauce. (Me and my crazy ginger obsession.)

The next item? Pastelon de Amarillos. C’mon. A Puerto Rican Lasagna made with Sweet Plantains? Sounds too interesting to pass up.

To keep up with progress and confirm the opening date, follow along on Facebook or Twitter!


Salsa Restaurant
818 Palmer Place
Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 401-9316

Mon – Thurs 11 am- 9 pm
Fri – Sat 11 am- 11 pm