Monday, October 29, 2012

Jack's BBQ opening third location at Charlotte & 16th

This news appeared today in The Nashville Post:

Meanwhile, a little farther east on Charlotte, one of Nashville’s best-known barbecue joints has announced plans to open a new location in an up-and-coming area on the outskirts of downtown.

Veteran Nashville barbecue man Jack Cawthon will launch the third Jack’s Bar-B-Que location this spring at the intersection of Charlotte and 16th Avenue North.

Cawthon’s best-known restaurant is the popular Jack’s Bar-B-Que at 416 Broadway downtown. There’s also a Jack’s at 334 W. Trinity Lane.

The new restaurant will have 80 seats indoors and a 36-seat patio. We’ll see if it heralds more development in the Midtown portion of the Charlotte Avenue corridor, what with the new 28th/31st Avenue Connector linking North Nashville to Charlotte to West End, and some other big projects under way in Midtown.

This is the building that will house the new Jack's BBQ...the banner on the outside says that a Nuttin' But Wings is coming soon, but this image is from Google Streetview and could be dated.

Also some news on Headquarters offerings...looks like they'll be ready to open on Tuesday.

Headquarters, a charming little coffeehouse on Charlotte Avenue across from Richland Park, is opening its doors soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

Owned and operated by Louisa Green and her husband James, Headquarters fills a renovated storefront that James, a professional carpenter, has stylishly outfitted using reclaimed wood. 

Headquarters will serve coffee from local roaster Roast Inc., along with pastries.
East Nashville’s Dozen bakery will supply some of the treats; another local bakery, Vegan Vee, will provide vegan and gluten-free versions.

Louisa Green said she’ll be serving up a signature espresso drink spiked with chocolate and cayenne, and a similar sweet-and-spicy flavor profile can also be found in the house roast that Roast Inc. created specifically for Headquarters. In addition, you can look for teas and herbal infusions from another local company, High Garden.

The Greens will open their coffeehouse early in the morning to supply morning java to folks heading down Charlotte to work. It will operate Monday through Saturday, and at least at first, it will close in late afternoon. Headquarters is at 4902 Charlotte Pike.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nuvo Burrito & Headquarters open for business - ML Rose just around the corner

Nuvo Burrito opened it's third location in Nashville this week in the former Krystal across from Bobbie's Dairy Dip. Haven't made it in myself, but a few neighbors I spoke with who have already eaten there, say it's great. And for a limited time they are offering free queso and guacamole with your order.

Headquarters, the small coffee shop that has steadily been preparing it's space, is now ready to open it's doors to the caffeinated public. A grand opening celebration is taking place tonight (Friday, the 26th) from 6-9pm. Headquarters is located at 4902 Charlotte Ave, across from Richland Park.

No official date on ML Rose's opening, but they seem to be hinting that they're close. After this photo (above) went up on their Facebook page, there were inquiries as to when they will be opening. They're response was "last week of the month...exact date to be announced soon."

While Headquarters had their grand opening Friday, they are unfortunately not ready to open full time due to permitting delays. But they promise to be open very soon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nashville IKEA rumors ramping up...again

How many times have we heard this story?

Once again, everybody's favorite Swedish furniture store has Nashville buzzing with hope that a big blue building displaying the words IKEA will take up residence in Music City.

This time the rumor stems from ModerNash, which is Nashville's version of IKEA-lite. The folks at ModerNash make weekly trips to IKEA in Atlanta to purchase and assemble products for Nashville customers who don't feel like driving eight hours round trip. The cost of ModerNash's services are minimal compared to IKEA's expensive shipping prices.

In this month's newsletter, ModerNash had this to say to it's customers:

"Word around IKEA Atlanta is that IKEA may open a Nashville store in the fall of 2015. IKEA is tight-lipped for now and hasn't made any official announcements, but we'll keep our ears to the ground!"

So what does this have to with Charlotte Avenue you ask? Well for those of you new to this blog, the most recent speculation on IKEA coming to Middle Tennessee came on the heels of the news that Boyle Investment Co. would be the developer of the highly anticipated North Gulch (centered on Charlotte & 11th Avenues) development owned now by Northwestern Mutual. At that time, there was speculation that Target, Publix and yes IKEA were in the running for being one of the major anchor tenants of the yet to be announced project. If IKEA is in fact seriously considering Nashville, it's a good bet the North Gulch is where it will end up. You can read more about it here.

Nevin Batiwalla over at NBJ scooped this story. It can be read in it's entirety here.

NewsChannel 5 also did a piece on this and their story claims that Nashville is in the running for a 2015 IKEA store and is competing with Miami and St. Louis.

Friday, October 5, 2012

CRUMBLE running this weekend only at the Darkhorse Theatre

The Darkhorse Theatre is a venue that gets little recognition among Nashville's thriving art scene, and this blog is just as guilty. I was notified by a friendly neighbor about a quirky show at the Darkhorse that is running this weekend only. It opened last night and continues through Sunday.

Details on the performance can be found below:

The Sideshow Project @ Actors Bridge will open the regional premier of Sheila Callaghan's CRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) tomorrow. CRUMBLE is a quirky little piece about a family recovering from a calamity and their relationship to their anthropomorphized, murderous apartment.

The weekend event features nightly celebrity costume contests, dance-offs and video-karaoke. Select scenes and videos featuring Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford, both characters in the play, (including “Sexy Back,” SNL’s “D**k in a Box,” Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, and Star Wars) will be projected on the big screen.

The audience team that best performs their own interpretation of the muted clip will be crowned as nightly winners. Prizes for best costume and top video-karaoke team include tickets to see Rufus Wainwright with Ingrid Michaelson and The Temper Trap.

Tickets are $15, or $10 if you come dressed as a celebrity! Go to to purchase.

Contact info
Jessika Malone | | 615-460-5503