The Food Biz: Coffee and Que

Charlotte Avenue to offer roasted beans, roasted pig

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.

• 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.

• Options keep expanding over in Cummins Station. I stopped by the brand-new at 209 10th Ave. S. and was greeted by MacKenzie Strawn, the daughter of owners Jan and Bernie Strawn (she’s the “Mack” in Macke’s and Mack & Kate’s, their other two

The market had pretty much sold out of everything when I arrived late afternoon, but I’ll be back to try one of the tempting-sounding deli sandwiches. (Check out the menu at They’re also offering smoothies and breakfast sandwiches, and a small selection of butcher cuts of local beef to take home and cook up yourself.

The Strawns aim to open the sister venture in Cummins Station, M. Restaurant, around the first week in November.

Meanwhile, across the street, the popular new cafe Coffee, Lunch has added hot breakfast. You can get biscuit sandwiches (topped with steak or ham or just plain scratch gravy) from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch, pastries and coffee drinks are served all day (7 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Coffee, Lunch is at 300A 10th Ave. S.

• Bellevue is getting a new spot that its owners describe as a gastropub. The quirkily punctuated {Pub}licity is in the works in the Kroger center on Highway 70S (not far from one of my favorite wine stores, Iroquois).

The new pub fills the space formerly held by Snappy Tomato Pizza. In fact, it’s the same ownership team, made up of local entrepreneurs Kevin Alexandroni, Simon Sedek and Uzi Shmueli. They decided to ditch the Snappy Tomato franchise and serve up craft beer and comforting pub fare instead. (The chef, Liz Standridge, cooked at the Iron Pork Chop and Battle Ground Brewery.)

General manager Melinda Johnson said the place will have a neighborhood hangout vibe, with 10 beers on tap and a selection of “classic cocktails with a modern twist.”

{Pub}licity, at 7073 Highway 70S, is expected to open around the second week of November.