A few months ago I told you about The Stone Fox, a promising pub and music venue that was in the works for the stretch of West Nashville north of Charlotte Pike known as The Nations. Last week, The Stone Fox opened its doors, and the food has turned out to be a lot more ambitious than typical pub grub.
The Stone Fox is the project of Elise Tyler and her brother, William. Both are well-known figures around town: She’s the 28-year-old entrepreneur and social activist who helped found Halcyon Bikes; he’s an acclaimed guitarist known for his work with Lambchop and Silver Jews as well as his solo efforts.
Music is an important component at The Stone Fox, with shows scheduled two to three nights a week. But according to Elise Tyler, The Stone Fox is a neighborhood hangout with a wider mission of community fun, with plans for film screenings, dance parties, karaoke and trivia.
And for Tyler (whose Twitter handle, amusingly, is @SnackElise), the goal of delivering good food is especially dear to her heart. She hired chef Bridget Russell, who honed her skills working in diverse kitchens including Tayst, Saffire and Hog Heaven. Russell shares the Tylers’ interest in locally sourced ingredients and working toward sustainable practices.