The Food Biz: Husk on the Hill

Decorated chef Sean Brock brings respected restaurant to former Andrew Chadwick's Rutledge Hill space
Oct 21, 2012 11:00 PM

The Food Biz: There is an Aura about Midtown

Ex-Quails owner reinvents former Virago space
Oct 14, 2012 9:19 PM

The Food Biz: Fox made of stone

West Nashville bar promises more than simply pub grub
Sep 30, 2012 7:57 PM

Permit Patrol: 31 August 2012

Downtown hotel getting overhaul, apartments headed for 51st, downtown spot becoming restaurant, and more...
Aug 31, 2012 3:34 PM

Nashville West sells for $73M

German company takes over portion of Charlotte Pike megadevelopment
Jun 27, 2012 9:53 AM

Nashville Hostess unaffected by company's bankruptcy filing

Hostess Brands Inc. — a Charlotte Avenue store for which ranks among West Nashville’s more well-recognized businesses — is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Nashville store will not be affected, according to media reports.

Company officials are citing troubles with pension and medical benefits obligations and increased competition.

Hostess Brands is the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, among other baked products.

Located at 4111 Charlotte Ave., the Nashville Hostess serves as a wholesale bakery.

Hostess Brands is based in Irving, Texas, and operates in 49 states, with 36 regional bakeries including the Wonder bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. in Memphis and a Knoxville plant.

Jan 11, 2012 2:17 PM

Melrose owner set to bring restaurant/bar to West Nashville

Nashville-based restaurateur Austin Ray announced Wednesday his company has purchased the former Lavender Motors site at 4408 Charlotte Ave., on which he plans to operate a neighborhood bar.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ray is best known for his involvement with the long-closed and very edgy nightclub BarTwenty3 in The Gulch and his popular Berry Hill bar The Melrose. For this latest project, construction has begun on the renovation and expansion of the Tudor-style brick building that was originally a 1920s service station and more recently a used car lot.

In March 2011, 4408 Charlotte Pike Partners bought the property for $400,000, with George Spiva as the lone listed general partner. Spiva has fronted a number of hip retail and restaurant projects, including The Melrose.

“I’m excited to bring my newest project to West Nashville and I’m confident the neighborhoods nearby, including Sylvan Park and Historic West Town, will welcome new business to the area and the revitalization of a vacant building,” Ray said in a release, adding he is still finalizing plans for the project.

The stretch of Charlotte Avenue from 44th Avenue on the east to White Bridge Road on the west has garnered media headlines the past few years as it continues to be redeveloped. Mainstays include Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, Rhino Books, Las Palmas, Southern Thrift and the Darkhorse Theater. Among the relative newcomers are Miel Restaurant, the West Nashville Metro Police Precinct, The Great Escape, Stone House BBQ, Harmony Yoga and Boa Clothing. 

Jan 11, 2012 12:47 PM

Legacy Builders

Some key area real estate players take the very long view
Sep 20, 2011 7:16 AM
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Ex-O'Charley's boss returns with cake store

Las Vegas-based sweet treats seller Nothing Bundt Cakes will open its first Nashville-area store on White Bridge Road in a few weeks. The venture will be run by former O'Charley's CEO Jeff Warne — who left that chain in the summer of last year — and will be near Porta Via Italian Kitchen. Apparently, some of its offerings will be just short of monstrous.

Nothing Bundt Cakes stores are almost like boutiques, with giftie merchandise as well as cakes. The bundts can be ordered for various occasions, with the cakes hole serving as a handy receptacle for decor items like a bow or a flower. (There's a workplace celebration cake with the slogan "From the 'Hole' Office.") Cake sizes range from one serving to 26.

SEE ALSO: Sweet spots, our story this week on the growth and future of other dessert concepts

Sep 15, 2011 11:16 AM

Permit Patrol: 22 July 2011

Finally a Chick-Fil-A for West Nashville, more school expansions, arena upgrades, and more...
Jul 22, 2011 9:50 AM