The Food Biz: Neighborhood roots

The Treehouse brings a backstory to Five Points

A new restaurant is opening this summer in Five Points, and it’s got some charming backstory. The Treehouse aims to tap into the energy and nightlife of present-day Five Points, but also has roots in the neigh- borhood’s past and its musical history.

The Treehouse is going into a little vintage house (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps) located at 1011 Clearview Ave. about half a block from the Walnut Exchange building that houses Marché. The new restaurant is the project of entrepreneur Corey Ladd, who actually grew up in the house — it’s owned by his grandfather, legendary fiddler Buddy Spicher. (Spicher’s studio, The Fiddle House, used to be next door at 1009 Clearview; that building is now an acoustic string shop, repairing and selling fiddles galore.)

Ladd told me he doesn’t want to spill too many details about the restaurant yet, but The Treehouse will be small (around 44 seats). The cuisine will be based on fresh local ingredients and “the menu will flow as the season changes.”

Particularly welcome is Ladd’s plan to serve food late into the evening, and be a non-smoking venue. (Despite all the bars and restaurants in Five Points, that niche isn’t really filled in the neighborhood yet.)

Ladd said his team is taking time with the renovation, trying to make sure it fits in with the historic neighborhood. (One recent discovery hidden behind a mantle: a 1940s utility bill. Apparently a long-ago homeowner owed $3.17 to NES.)

The Treehouse aims to open at 1011 Clearview sometime in August. You can follow the progress at Facebook.com/ TreehouseNashville.

The pace of restaurant openings in this town is reaching a rapid clip. Here’s a partial summary:

• This week marks the opening of Husk Nashville, chef Sean Brock’s much-anticipated spin-off from his blockbuster Charleston palace of Southern heritage fare. Not only is the original Husk a mag- net for national media praise, but Brock is arguably the most celebrated chef ever to make his name in Nashville. (He first got national notice as chef at the Capitol Grille at Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel.)

Husk Nashville is in a stately renovated Victorian at 37 Rutledge St., overlooking downtown. It opened its online reservations this week, starting with dinner service on Thursday, May 23. At press time, the restaurant was already booked weeks in advance. Check it out at husknashville.com.

• Meanwhile, we learned this week about another spin-off: Burger Republic, the popular spot that has been serving burgers, spiked milkshakes and more for a year in Lenox Village at the southern edge of the county, is launching a second location in the Gulch.

The new burger joint is going into the ground level of the Pine Street Flats apartment and retail development. It’s expected to start flipping patties sometime this fall.

• Speaking of the Gulch, The Peg Leg Porker is scheduled to open with a limited menu at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24. Hours will be limited over the weekend, and the joint will be closed Monday (Memorial Day).

On Tuesday, May 28, Peg Leg’s owner, veteran pitmaster Carey Bringle, said he’ll launch regular hours and a full menu. Keep an eye on the Peg Leg Porker page on Facebook for updates.

As I reported in April, Bringle is a well-known character in Nashville and beyond. He’s appeared on Chopped Grill Masters and BBQ Pitmasters and is a fixture at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

A native of West Tennessee, he’s known for his devotion to the pig as a vessel of barbecue deliciousness, but we’ll see what he serves up for us. (His team scored ninth place in the pork shoulder category at Memphis in May contest last weekend, but also took a 10th place trophy in the “exotic” category for a lamb slider.)

The Peg Leg Porker is launching at 903 Gleaves St., tucked between Pine Street Flats and the Yazoo taproom.