Restaurant Recap: Openings and Closings in 2011



Hot dogs at Coris on West End, one of the scores of new restaurants this year
  • Photo: Eric England
  • Hot dogs at Cori's on West End, one of the scores of new restaurants this year
Despite a weak economy and rising food costs, Nashville’s restaurant scene was vibrant in 2011. There were some painful closings, but at the same time, interesting restaurant launches were abundant.

My Food Biz column this week in the Nashville Post section of The City Paper looked back at the year in restaurants. There were too many openings to recap in detail, so I highlighted two restaurant ventures on opposite ends of the spectrum — The Catbird Seat and Cori's Dog House — both representing local business veterans using their smarts and experience to bring something special to Nashville.

Meanwhile, here's a compilation of restaurants that opened or closed in 2011. The list is very likely incomplete — closings, in particular, tend to happen with little fanfare. In the interest of brevity, I didn't include the explosion of mobile food vendors. I also added a peek at restaurants expected in 2012.

As always, feel free to use the comments to mention places we missed.


Athens Family Restaurant, Bellevue

Au Bon Pain

AM@FM in Nashville Farmers’ Market

Amico’s New York Pizza

Back Alley Diner

Bagel Face Bakery, Main Street

Benchmark Sports Bar

Bombasha Brazilian Steakhouse

BrickTop’s Cool Springs

Bruster’s Ice Cream

Butter Cake Babe’s, Nashville Farmers’ Market
The Catbird Seat


Chick-fil-A on Charlotte Pike

Chipotle on 21st Avenue

Chuy’s on Broadway

Cori’s Dog House, West End

Dick’s Last Resort



Edley’s Bar-B-Que

El Stuffed Pepper

Fleet Street Pub

Five Points Pizza

Fish & Co., 12South

Fish & Grits

Germantown East

Green Asia, Nashville Farmers’ Market

GoGo Sushi

Jackalope Brewing Co.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

The Jam Coffeehouse

Jim’s Coney Island

Joey’s House of Pizza, Elm Hill Pike

The Judge’s Vinegarroon

Kalamatas, Belmont Boulevard

Kay Bob’s

Kayne Prime

Louisiana Seafood Co., Nashville Farmers’ Market


Monell’s at the Manor

Mirko Pasta

The National Underground



Newk’s Express Cafe

Noodles & Co., Green Hills and Cool Springs

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden (opens today)

Pinkberry, Cool Springs

PortaVia, Cool Springs

Porter Road Butcher/The Bloomy Rind

Sixth & Pine, inside Nordstrom


Stone House Q

Sweet CeCe’s, multiple new locations

Table 3 (reopened after fire)


Taziki’s, Cool Springs and West End

Vito’s Ristorante & Wine Bar

The Wild Hare

Whole Foods McEwen




The Almond Tree

Baja Fresh

Blind Pig No. 55

Peter Chinn’s Korean BBQ Tacos

Cooper’s on Porter

French Quarter Cafe

The Grilled Cheese and Crabcake Co.

LB's Market House

La Paz

McDonald’s at Vanderbilt Medical Center

Otter’s on Main Street

Pig and Pie



Southern Bred

Sparkle Cupcakes


The Wine Loft


Barista Parlor

Echo at Encore

Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar


The Southern Steak & Oyster

Urban Grub

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