Red Bicycle owners eye Chestnut Hill locale

Cafe would be first for south side district

The owners of Germantown-based café Red Bicycle Coffee & Crêpes are targeting a second Nashville location in the Chestnut Hill district on the city’s near south side.

Dave Trett, who co-owns the popular restaurant with Amanda Thomas, said the team anticipates finalizing by month’s end its lease in the Third and Chestnut Building. From that point, about three months would be required to complete the build-out, he said.

“We are now taking bids from contractors,” said Trett said, who stressed the deal is not finalized but added he is optimistic no snags will be hit.

If the project materializes, Red Bicycle would become the first cafe in Chestnut Hill, which is located east of the fast-changing Wedgewood-Houston district (with Fourth Avenue generally accepted as the street at which one district transitions to the other and with Chestnut Street as the key street connecting the two).

The café space will span about 1,100 square feet and anchor the northwest corner of Third and Chestnut Building, which also features a second retail space and 10 apartment units. Nashvile-based Urban Housing Solutions served as developer of the building.

Trett said the Red Bicycle in Chestnut Hill will feature similar interior aesthetics and  menu (with an emphasis on coffee and crêpes) as its Germantown counterpart. He and Thomas anticipate hiring 10 to 15 employees.

“Amanda and I are lucky to be coming to the neighborhood and to have a chance to develop new relationships,” Trett said.

Red Bicycle previously operated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before opening in Germantown. It has operated for about a year and a half from a space in the mixed-use Germantown building located at the northeast corner of the Fifth Avenue and Madison Street intersection.

Trett and Thomas are not disclosing financial terms of the lease or an estimated cost for the build-out of the Third and Chesnut Building (seen below) space.