It appears New York-based chef Jonathan Waxman has got his permit to begin work on a restaurant for a McGavock street building located on the fringe of The Gulch. A veteran of Chez Panisse and Michael's on the West Coast, Waxman gained fame with Jams in New York City and has opened a number of restaurants (including Bud's, Hulot's and Table 29). He is currently the owner of Barbuto in the West Village. Steve Cavendish has done the digging over at Bites.
"TBA NY celebrity chef"? Last year at Music City Eats, Waxman spoke glowingly about Nashville, the area's farms and the city's restaurant scene. What better place to kick off a "series of American bistro style restaurants" than Music City?
If it walks like a Waxman and talks like a Waxman, it's probably a Waxman, right? We'll see soon enough.
Two more food options are coming to Cool Springs in the shape of Indian eatery Bawarchi Biryani Point and Jamba Juice.
The Bawarchi location will be the first in Tennessee for a Texas-based company with national aspirations. The concept aims to bring fast-food Indian appetizers and rice pilafs and will have room for about 70 diners on Bakers Bridge Avenue just east of Interstate 65. Owners Kris Alapati, Kishore Tummala and Naga Pasumarthi say they want to have Bawarchi be a place “where buddies can hang out for a couple of quick beers, have some Indian appetizers, and still carry out food for the family.”
Less than three miles south, franchisee Fruitful Living will this spring open its second area store to go with its Elliston Place spot. Managing Owner Sam Whittier says heading to Franklin was "the next logical step" for his team, which has settled on space in the Spring Creek retail center adjacent to the Drury Plaza Hotel on McEwen Drive.
Seafood restaurant chain Captain D's finished 2013 on a tasty note, with fourth-quarter same-store sales growing 2.6 percent from the year before. For all of last year, growth was 3.2 percent, driven in part by the rollout of 60 new or remodeled restaurants sporting the company's new design pictured here.
"Captain D's success is only just beginning," said CEO Phil Greifeld. "Our talented team continues to implement a systematic strategy that has seen consistent success with our current units, ensuring that any unit we add will be able to reap the financial benefits of our proven model."
Another beer growler filling station has opened in Nashville, and another one is in the works. Our friend Chris Chamberlain at the Nashville Scene report that the city's newest beer station — The Hop Stop on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville — is open for business.
A venture from the same folks behind Village Pub & Beer Garden, The Hop Stop features 36 taps of craft beer available by the pint or to take home. With its comfy interior, The Hop Stop is more of a bar than a mere growler station, encouraging patrons to sit a spell and interact with the beer expert/bartenders. The Hop Stop also has a menu of gourmet hot dogs, desserts and bar snacks.
Across town, The Beer Pale is "coming soon" following a build-out of the old Hostess Bakery building on Charlotte Avenue, and promises to feature craft beer, growlers and small plates.