The Food Biz: Replacing Tayst

J. Christopher’s to bring daytime-dining-only concept to 21st Avenue space

We now know what’s going into the space formerly occupied by chef Jeremy Barlow’s restaurant Tayst (which shut down New Year’s Eve after a nearly nine-year run).

J. Christopher’s, an Atlanta-based company that already has an outpost on Frazier Drive in Cool Springs, will bring its daytime-dining-only concept to the space at 2100 21st Ave. S.

The franchise specializes in fresh breakfast, lunch and brunch fare, operating 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The company hasn’t revealed much about the new location, but it’s expected to open sometime later this year. Perusing the menu on the website turns up a lot of brunch and lunch items like waffle and pancakes varieties, egg dishes and sandwiches, including burgers.

It’s not hard to see what might have attracted the company to the space, just a few blocks south of Hillsboro Village and busy restaurants like Pancake Pantry and Fido, which are often jammed on weekends. Execs might be figuring there’s plenty of brunch overflow traffic to go around.

Tayst may be gone for good, but another restaurant pioneer that closed last year is poised for a comeback.

Rumours Wine & Art Bar, which shut down almost a year ago when the little 12South bungalow was leveled to make way for the upcoming 12 South Flats apartment project, is making progress on reopening in the Gulch.

The team is building out a space in the ground floor of the Icon condo tower, and the interior is striking, according to photos posted on the “Rumours 12th and Division” page on Facebook.

According to the Facebook page, the new Rumours in the Icon may open as early as next week.

Meanwhile, we learned tantalizing details about the restaurant opening in the aforementioned 12 South Flats. It’s called Josephine, and it’s the project of Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, the entrepreneur known for popular 12South businesses Burger Up and Frothy Monkey (she founded the latter back in 2004 before selling her stake a few years ago).

Chef Phillip Shyatt, a veteran of Burger Up, will run the kitchen at Josephine.

The choice of Pontes to lease the 12 South Flats space may be a savvy move by the developers, H.G. Hill Realty and Southeast Venture. She is closely associated with the neighborhood and its renaissance. (The developers have taken flak from some neighbors who aren’t thrilled by the scale of the project or the fact that Rumours had to close.)

The team aims to open on the 2300 block of 12th Avenue South late this summer.

A New York chain known for a friendly, quirky ambience and an eclectic menu of pizzas, inspired by the dual cuisines of Italy and Louisiana, has set its sights on Nashville as its first foray into the South.

Two Boots’ Cajun-Italian-style pizza has proven hugely popular since the first cafe opened in 1987. In that distant time, it actually made sense for a pizza joint to include a video store (something you can still find in the Avenue A location in New York).

And Two Boots, with 10 or so spots on the East Coast and one in Los Angeles, has picked a historically interesting location in Nashville: the space at 1927 Broadway that originally housed The Great Escape and its trove of comic books, used vinyl, movies and more. Two Boots is expected to open in May.

Miami-based Pollo Tropical, which serves Caribbean-inspired quick-casual fare, is opening in Smyrna this Friday, Feb. 1. A Cool Springs location is planned later this year.

The location at 715 Team Blvd. in Smyrna will be the 92nd owned by the company, specializing in marinated grilled chicken and mojo pork.

The party starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the first 100 people lined up with bags packed will enter a drawing; the winner and guest will be immediately whisked away by limo for a trip to Key West.