Bongo Java founder to open diner at The Melrose | Nashville Restaurants

    The owner of Nashville’s Bongo Java coffeehouse and Fido restaurant plans to open a modern diner in The Melrose mixed-use development!

    Owner Bob Bernstein and Derek Wolfe, the manager of Bongo Java Roasting Co., are partners in the new venture. They plan to open the diner in the 3,000-square-foot space at 2600 Franklin Pike in August.

    The restaurant will seat about 80 people and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to food, the new diner will offer Bongo Java coffee, beer and wine. The diner will buy organic coffee beans from Bongo Java Roasting, and like Bernstein’s other businesses, will buy most of its produce and ingredients from local sources.

    Bernstein calls it a modern take on a traditional diner, promising a different look and feel from his other establishments.

    The new diner would be the latest venture in Bernstein’s growing enterprise, which began 21 years ago with the opening of the Bongo Java coffeehouse on Belmont Boulevard. In addition to that location and Fido, Bernstein now owns Bongo East in East Nashville, Hot & Cold on 21st Ave. S., Grins Vegetarian Cafe on the Vanderbilt University campus, and Bongo Java Roasting Co. and Bongo Java Coffeehouse at the Omni Nashville hotel.

    The diner will be one of three restaurants in the redeveloped historic Melrose Theatre’s 27,500 square feet of retail space, including Sinema restaurant/bar, which is set to open this summer, and another concept that’ll be owned by Nashville restaurateur Austin Ray and developer Joe Parkes.


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