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

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

Cupcake Collection to open Donelson store

Mignon Francois is expanding her Cupcake Collection business to Donelson, where she plans to open a bakery and store later this spring in the space occupied until recently by Becker's Bakery. Dana Kopp Franklin has the details at Bites.

François says there won't be many changes at the original Germantown location at 1213 Sixth Ave. N.. It will continue to be a cupcake bakery and store. "We'll run two bakeries," she says.

The new location is double the size of the original and will allow The Cupcake Collection to expand into baking all kinds of cakes. In addition, the new place will be more of a cafe and hangout, with sandwiches and salads and free Wi-Fi.

Apr 1, 2014 10:58 AM

Second Avenue bars padlocked

Two Second Avenue nightclubs have been padlocked by Metro Police after being declared public nuisances. The move came after authorities received many calls about illegal activity at Throwdown/Liquid and Ultra Violet, which share a 128 Second Ave. N. address. Carley Gordon at Channel 4 has the developing story.

Mar 28, 2014 2:12 PM

Progress for Party Fowl concept

Austin Smith and Nick Jacobson are moving forward with their plans for Party Fowl, a fried chicken restaurant concept destined for the Eighth-and-Division intersection where The Gulch meets SoBro. Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville has some the details.

Mar 28, 2014 8:39 AM

Marathon Village eatery to feature large deck

Dana Kopp Franklin has gathered some more details about chef Jamie Watson's plans for a restaurant in the Marathon Village complex. The still-unnamed concept is scheduled to open late this summer and will feature a deck that wraps around two sides of the building at 1305 Clinton St. Check out more here.

Mar 21, 2014 6:50 AM

Five Below picks first area store spots

Five Below, which sells clothing, beauty products and accessories to teens and pre-teens, is preparing to open the doors to its first three locations in Middle Tennessee. The new stores are located at the Nashville West Shopping Center on Charlotte Pike, the Cool Springs Pointe development just north of CoolSprings Galleria and the Towne Center in Murfreesboro. Two more stores are on the way, officials say.

Mar 18, 2014 10:53 AM

Another record sales year for Galleria

Retailers in the CoolSprings Galleria rang up sales of $464 per square foot in 2013, which broke a record the mall set the year before. The 1.1 million-square-foot property ended the year fully leased for the fourth straight time but it's worth noting that growth has slowed: The $464 number was up just 1.1 percent from 2012. (On a CBL-wide basis, sales per square foot climbed 0.6 percent to $356.) That might help explain the flurry of activity since last summer from owner CBL & Associates, which has bought the former Sears store and secured both an American Girl store and a Belk expansion.

Mar 12, 2014 10:52 AM

Prime Gulch site hits the market

A property located at the intersection at which The Gulch and SoBro connect is for sale.

The site, home to a Carquest Auto Parts store, is located at 777 Eighth Ave. S. at the southwest corner of the Eighth and Division Street intersection (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps). Owner the Stillman family wants to ground lease the property and is asking $500,000 per year.

Arthur Perlen, Centennial Retail Services principal, is representing the family. He said the owner is open to selling outright.

“This particular property has enormous potential for all types of uses,” Perlen (pictured) said.

For example, Metro Planning Department regulations show that a residential building of up to 28 stories (20 floors by right and up to eight floors via bonuses for green space, affordable housing, etc.) is allowed on the site.

Those familiar with The Gulch say Eighth/ Division ranks among the top intersections in the fast-changing district, along with 12th Avenue and Division, the 11th and 12th split and 12th and Demonbreun Street.

The segment of Division Street that spans 12th and Eighth will soon see the opening of a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. In addition, Mainland Urban Development is eyeing a mixed-use project (read more here) to be sited between the buildings home to Rumours Wine Bar in Icon and Yazoo Brewing Co. Nearby, owners of Carter Vintage Guitars, Jackalope Brewing Co. and King Baby Studio have made major improvements to the buildings from which they operate.

On the SoBro side of the Eighth and Division intersection, significant work was done to reinvent the building now home to the Pour House. Relatedly, New York-based Harmolio LLC recently paid $3.53 million for the Voorhees Building.

Ron Brewer, Nashville chapter organizer of message board website, said the combination of the planned Division Street Extension and the numerous changes on the southeast fringe of The Gulch render the Stillman family site all the more prime.

“If a residential or mixed-use building is constructed on the site, that could be a game-changer,” said Brewer, who created and maintains a development tracker map (see here) that many of Nashville’s built environment professionals and hobbyists alike use for reference purposes. “The Gulch has pushed growth to the east, west and north. In the case of growth being pushed east, Metro needs to look at the pedestrian accessibility at the intersection of Eighth and Division.”


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Mar 5, 2014 6:45 AM