One is a second Jamaicaway location, which is going into a retail strip in Cool Springs. The other is a new, more elegant cafe called Topanaris, which is taking over a little house on Hayes Street in Midtown, the former home of Riviera Provincial Grill. The Caribbean-inspired menu at Topanaris will feature a good number of vegetarian, vegan and raw-food specialties (along with meat dishes as well).
I talked with Ouida Bradshaw, who owns Jamaicaway with her husband David Bradshaw, and she says both new restaurants are generating a lot of interest.
The Cool Springs outpost of Jamaicaway is headed to Mayfield Drive, off Carothers Parkway near the Puffy Muffin. Bradshaw says she's been getting daily inquiries from future Cool Springs customers ever since they put up a "coming soon" sign there. Jamaicaway fills a unique niche because its island-inspired fare includes quite a few vegetarian entrees along with meaty Caribbean specialties like oxtails and jerk chicken.
Topanaris, meanwhile, will go even further with meat-free creativity. Bradshaw says she's done a lot of research, including a recent 10-day visit to Jamaica, to hone her vegan and raw-food recipes. She's especially proud of her raw, vegan sweet potato pie.
"My husband's the skeptic, and he couldn't believe how good it is," she says with a laugh.
"We'll also do juicing," Bradshaw says, and they'll grow some of their vegetables on the premises, like callaloo greens in a tower garden out front. She also plans to plant aromatic herbs "so it will smell good all year round."
Topanaris, at 1813 Hayes St., is expected to open sometime around early November. The new Jamaicaway at 330 Mayfield Drive, suite D4, in Cool Springs, will also open later this fall.
Editor's note: the spelling of the restaurant name Topanaris has been corrected since an earlier version of this story.