Nashville-based chef Jeremy Barlow is planning to open The Meet Room, a community taproom to operate from the space next door to his Sloco in 12South. The effort follows Barlow's recently opening a second outpost of Sloco in the Nashville Farmers' Market. Read more here.
A couple of quick bites from our steamin' hot restaurant scene: First, from Bites comes word that Jeremy Barlow is preparing to open his second Sloco sandwich cafe in the Nashville Farmers' Market space previously occupied by Arnold Myint's AM@FM concept. Barlow also is exploring taking Sloco beyond Nashville.
Second, Eater Nashville reports that the duo behind Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village has signed up to lease more than 8,000 square feet at 1700 Church St. (below), where they will set up two eateries, Urban Stack Burger Lounge and sweet treats concept Milk & Honey. Look for the spots to open their doors early next year.
Jeremy Barlow, the man behind Tayst in Hillsboro Village, said Monday he will close the restaurant's doors after serving a special New Year's Eve dinner. Barlow, who also runs the Sloco deli in 12South, launched Tayst in 2004 and made it Nashville's first certified green restaurant four years later. He says he wants to see more of his wife and two daughters.
“There aren’t enough hours in the week to advocate, expand Sloco, and run a fine dining restaurant — and that leaves zero personal time. I want to see my kids’ soccer games, have board game nights and watch movies, and I need more than one very sleepy night a week to do that,” Barlow said.
Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice last week recognized winners of its second annual Green Business Leadership Awards. The winners, listed below, were selected by a committee of five business and non-profit representatives from a statewide sustainable business roundtable.
• Community Servant of the Year: Mayor Karl Dean
• CEO of the Year: Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co.
• Green Product of the Year: Nissan Leaf electric car
• Public Official of the Year: State Sen. Andy Berke
• Southeast Regional Green Business Innovator: Tabitha Crawford, division president, Balfour Beatty Energy Solutions
• Tennessee Green Innovator: William Pomakoy, Rhodes Car International
• Sustainable Excellence by Design: Collier Construction of Chattanooga
• Sustainable Food Leader of the Year: Jeremy Barlow, owner of Tayst
• Green Service of the Year: Bobby Bandy, Earthsavers
• Sustainable Achiever of the Year: Tiffany Wilmot, president, Wilmot Inc.
Erika Woodard has merged her five-year-old Cater to You into Local Kitchen Catering, the venture launched by Tayst owner Jeremy Barlow in 2009 and focused on using locally grown foods. Woodard will be the combined company's catering manager.
“My decision to work with Chef Barlow was an extremely easy one, as he is a tireless representative of food justice – affordable, accessible food grown sustainably – and the preservation of the environment,” said Woodard. “The unethical treatment of animals, the rising costs of food and the contamination of the environment have all worsened as small family farms have been replaced by food factories, and I have been compelled to entirely withdraw my support of large scale food manufacturers and join Jeremy in the sustainable food movement.”
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