The Food Biz: Tiny sandwiches

Slider House makes debut in Midtown

Soulshine Pizza’s sister restaurant, The Slider House, has opened its doors in Midtown. Soulshine’s co-owner, Dave Wachtel III, launched The Slider House three weeks ago in the space adjacent to Soulshine, which has become a popular, party-happy pizza destination on Division Street.

The Slider House specializes in the little sandwiches called sliders. At the top of the menu are beef sliders, basically little burgers, composed of 3-ounce angus beef patties with toppings. The Shotgun, for example, is a patty topped with house-made chili, cheddar cheese and pickled slaw.

The Southern Comfort, meanwhile, is a spicy chicken slider — a cute little fried chicken filet with a Sriracha-and-honey glaze.

The menu even includes vegetarian incarnations, like the Grill Cheese Capri, which features an oval of fresh mozzarella, a slice of roma tomato and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. There’s also a lineup of hot dog sliders, made with mini all-beef franks.

Each slider is served on a diminutive Provence bun, with the price ranging from $3.50 to $4.25. At lunchtime Monday through Friday, you can get two sliders and a side dish for $7.99.

The Slider House has a full bar and also an interesting list of beers, including a slate of American craft beers and imports served in cans. There’s a patio out front and garage doors that roll up to the summer air. The Slider House (1907 Division) is open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.

If you stop by The Slider House, you can also walk across the street and check out the ongoing project that will be Two Boots Pizza. The space at 1927 Broadway is still gutted, but artists have been at work on exterior murals. Two Boots Nashville said on its Facebook page that it hopes to open in late June or early July.

• Meanwhile, Midtown’s dynamic restaurant scene has sadly yielded a couple of departures. My Nashville Post colleague Linda Bryant reports the sale of Otter’s Franchising, the parent of Otter’s Chicken, to a Georgia company, which results in the closing of the longtime Otter’s location on Demonbreun. The new owner, Peterson Foods, plans to concentrate on opening Otter’s outlets in Georgia.

Otter’s Chicken was a pioneer on the Demonbreun restaurant-and-bar strip near the Music Row roundabout, opening a decade ago in 2003.

Also recently closed on that Demonbreun strip: Red Rooster. The restaurant’s website says the building is closed for renovations as it evolves into a new concept, with a reopening scheduled for later this summer.

And I gotta ask: What’s with all the chicken-themed restaurant casualties in Midtown? Rooster’s Bar-B-Que on 12th Avenue North recently shut down, and its equipment was auctioned this week.

• One animal-themed restaurant that just keeps swinging is Frothy Monkey. The longtime 12South coffeehouse has opened two new outposts this year: in downtown Franklin and inside the hip Grimey’s Too store on Eighth Avenue, sharing space with the Grimey’s record annex and Howlin’ Books. Now we get word that Frothy Monkey will open a location downtown.

Frothy Monkey’s operating partner, Ryan Pruitt, said he’s been working for two years to bring his coffeehouse to the section of Fifth designated the Avenue of the Arts. The new Frothy Monkey is coming to 235 Fifth Ave. N., across from the Arcade and situated between the Rymer and Tinney Contemporary galleries. Frothy Monkey serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so that’s welcome news for downtown workers and residents.

• Other good news downtown: Etch, the restaurant in the ground floor of Encore at Demonbreun and Third, has proven so successful that it needs to stake out more space. Doug Hogrefe, who owns Etch with Paul Schramkowski, says chef Deb Paquette is serving up so many meals that she needs more room for walk-in coolers and other storage. Hogrefe says they’re taking another 1,200 square feet located south of the current space. A little more seating will also be added.