Bricktop’s Cool Springs
One of West End’s favorite indoor/outdoor dining options, BrickTops, is expanding into the Cool Springs market. They plan to build a bigger restaurant with over 7,000 square feet inside and a 1,500 square foot patio in a mixed-use complex on McEwan Street that includes an apartment community, an office building, Whole Foods, and other retail spaces. This is only the fifth location of the American-cuisine restaurant that serves flatbreads, seafood, sandwiches, and the infamous skillet chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream. The groundbreaking will begin this month, with the restaurant scheduled to open this summer.
An expansion of a fast food restaurant may not be the most exciting news, but this is no ordinary expansion. Back Yard Burgers is trying something new in its ninth Middle Tennessee location – still serving the customer who wants to get food quickly, but also encouraging people to linger with a piece of cobbler or even a bottled beer in the new restaurant setting. Rather than waiting at the counter for an order to be cooked, the new concept will have servers bring food for those eating in the restaurant out to the table with flatware and glasses while customers watch flat screen TVs. The idea is to give each customer a more personal experience than a typical fast food counter. “We specifically chose Hermitage because of its healthy business climate and strong community support,” said Bob Page, CEO of Back Yard Burgers. The new location will be at 5205 Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage.
The West End/Vanderbilt area will now be able to hear “Welcome to Moe’s!” Following the success of the Belle Meade location, Moe’s Southwest Grill is adding a restaurant 2.5 miles down the road towards midtown to the 2525 West End mixed-use building across from Centennial Park. The menu features burritos, salads, nachos, and more, and everything comes with a free side of chips and unlimited access to the salsa bar. Moe’s is a favorite for catering as well, bringing the burrito bar to your event. The restaurant will fill part of the space previously occupied by First Tennessee Bank, and is scheduled to open at the beginning of April.
Just a few weeks ago, the still-young 8th Avenue bakery and café frequented by those with gluten-free and vegan lifestyles as well as the lunchtime crowd had its ribbon-cutting grand opening in a second location across from 10th Avenue’s Cummins Station. The expansion fulfilled the need for a coffee shop in the mornings as well as a corner café for the area’s business owners and workers. FiddleCakes has seen serious success as a local eatery even as many other restaurants are falling on hard times, due in no small part to the hard work of Vanderbilt alums Lindsay Beckner and Tasha Ross. Much of the company’s business comes from catering and special orders, as well as reserving restaurant space for bridal and baby showers. The gluten-free and vegan options make them appeal to a specific niche who will be very happy to see the second location coming to serve their needs.