Pat Martin, owner of nationally noted Martin’s Bar-B-Que in Nolensville, is opening a Nashville location. It’s going into the former Helios stained-glass store on Belmont Boulevard, next to Osborne’s Bi-Rite.
Martin has been serving up barbecue for years in Nolensville, just across the county line in Williamson County. His national profile has grown gradually. His barbecue rig is a popular fixture at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York, and he is a member of the celebrated Fatback Collective, a barbe- cue team that includes Sean Brock and several other well-known chefs from around the country.
Martin told my Scene colleague Chris Chamberlain that he figures it’s finally time to move forward on his plan to start serving customers in Nashville proper. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to bring my barbecue back to my hometown,” Martin said.
“When we decided to expand our Nolensville location and move across the street, that put Nashville on the back burner for a few years,” Martin added. “But I can tell from my credit card receipts that a lot of my business comes from Brentwood and Nashville. I’m glad to get closer to those customers.”
The Nashville location will actually be the fourth for Martin. He opened an outpost in Morgantown, W.V., in February, and he says his Mt. Juliet location will open soon.
Martin didn’t have an opening date yet, but he said he’s signed a lease for the space at 3108 Belmont Blvd., and he’ll start paying rent in September.
• Two weeks ago the big news was the opening of Husk Nashville, the sister restaurant to Sean Brock’s Charleston, S.C., shrine to Southern ingredients and folkways. Dinner reservations got snapped up. This week Husk started serving lunch, providing more chances for people to try the cuisine dreamed up by Brock and his chef de cuisine in Nashville, Morgan McGlone. In addition, this weekend Husk is adding Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Husk changes its menu frequently, based on freshest ingredients available, but you can check out current and previous menus on the website, where you can also book reservations. Husk is at 37 Rutledge St. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner: 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Sat- urday. Bar opens at 4 p.m. daily.
• Speaking of lunch, The Stone Fox, the charming restaurant/bar/music venue in West Nashville owned by entrepreneur Elise Tyler and her brother, musician William Tyler, has added lunch to its repertoire.
The Stone Fox now serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the highlights include pulled pork barbecue, pimento cheese and a citrusy beets salad. There’s also a meat-and-two lunch for $7 and a half-sandwich-and-soup option for $8. Brunch will continue to be served on Saturdays and Sundays.
• Two restaurants are on the move in East Nashville: Ken’s Sushi, the popular Japanese restaurant on Division Street near Vanderbilt, is opening a larger location at 923 Main St. in East Nashville. The original Ken’s space will eventually be torn down to accommodate a 1.75-acre mixed-use development, though Kenji “Ken” Ohno said his landlord hasn’t told him when to move out. In the meantime he’s getting the new, expanded restaurant ready to roll. Target opening is sometime later this summer.
In East Nashville’s Riverside Village area, Mitchell Delicatessen is moving a block down the street, from 1402 McGavock Pike to the former upholstery shop at 1306 McGavock Pike.
Mitchell says the deli has outgrown the original space. The kitchen is maxed out on sandwich capacity, and there are only 16 seats inside. The new place, meanwhile, will have 50 seats inside and 40 seats outdoors. He’s also exploring the possibility of securing licenses to serve wine and beer. Mitchell hopes to open the new place by October.