Gulch restaurant project Prima lands $2.5M permit

The owners of planned Gulch restaurant Prima have secured a permit related to work on the space.

To be located in the ground floor of mixed-used mid-rise Terrazzo, Prima will span about 8,800 square feet. The Prima address is 700 12th Ave. S., with the restaurant to front Division Street.

R.C. Mathews Contractors has the permit, valued at $2.5 million.

Local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes (pictured) is teaming with chef Sal Avila, who has worked at City House and 360 Bistro, among others, to create Prima. Read more here.

Apr 24, 2014 10:48 AM

Cracker Barrel investors again deny Biglari push

Special vote on possible sale in line with past tallies
Apr 23, 2014 11:57 AM

Stoney River brings on service manager

Stoney River Legendary Steaks has named Rachel Boling to be its manager of service and hospitality. She joins the 10-unit concept — now run as part of the J. Alexander's organization — after four years with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, where she was most recently general manager of Paris Club Bistro in Chicago. She also is a former service manager of a J. Alexander’s restaurant in Atlanta. In her new post, Boling will be responsible for all service operations, training and hospitality.

Apr 23, 2014 6:57 AM

How casual dining can get its groove back

Restaurant industry consultant Nancy Kruse has some good thoughts on how casual-dining brands can better hold their own in a restaurant arena that increasingly prizes fast-casual concepts as well as more authentic and artisanal experiences. Kruse says chains can be forgiven for feeling like they're "being nibbled to death by ducks" but there is a way out.

They have leverageable assets of location and market presence, not to mention strategic competitive advantages in areas like the dinner daypart, bar business and culinary innovation. But while the old chain model prized sameness, the new model rewards a localized, personalized approach. This means that they should all step away from the flatbread and take a look at what they can learn from the upstart competitors. Their new formula can’t look formulaic, and success may require a wrenching but necessary reengineering of the brand to bring it in tune with the zeitgeist.

Apr 21, 2014 6:41 AM

Cincy steakhouse owner plans Nashville spot

Cincinnati-based restaurant entrepreneur Jeff Ruby is scouting the central Nashville area for a spot to open a high-end steakhouse. Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville has plenty more info here, including the three neighborhoods being considered. No big prizes for guessing what they are...

Apr 18, 2014 7:12 AM

From the mall to the diner

You don't have to look far these days to find a headline about a restaurant chain struggling to attract or retain diners. But there could be a growing opportunity in luring young people: John McDuling at Quartz has an interesting read on a Piper Jaffray report detailing teenagers' increasing proclivity to gather at restaurants rather than at shopping malls.

Apr 16, 2014 8:49 AM

Proxy advisors side with Cracker Barrel

Biglari push to sell chain called 'unnecessarily prescriptive, impractical and counterproductive'
Apr 14, 2014 2:42 PM

Brazilian company buying Margaritaville locations

The backers of the Margaritaville chain of restaurants/bars have agreed to sell the 10-unit concept and two LandShark Bar and Grill locations across the United States to International Meal Co., a Brazilian company that has been a franchisee of the brands. The company's new owners plan to expand the brand in Latin America and in airports, among other locations. Nation's Restaurant News has more on the deal.

Apr 14, 2014 6:59 AM

Dallas cafe chain plans local store network

Franchisee group includes Rafferty's president
Apr 3, 2014 7:16 AM

Local Taco to open on east side

Martin Corner developer Mark Sanders has landed a popular Nashville restaurant for his 1100 Fatherland building. The Local Taco, which launched originally in Sylvan Park, plans to open its third area location in the soon-to-be-completed East Nashville building, co-owner John Ko says. Read more about the eatery here and the project here.


Apr 2, 2014 8:30 AM