On and Off the Menu: The June Update



With the summer solstice and the Southern heat came a couple of cool new entries to the dining scene. Sweet CeCe's frozen yogurt in the Belle Meade Publix shopping center struck a nerve with the hot-and-sweaty kiddie camp crowd, which swarms the adorable pay-as-you-weigh shop every afternoon. With almost a dozen nonfat flavors, including the zesty Original Tart, and a phalanx of crushed cookies, candy bars and candies for toppings, Sweet CeCe's is the surprise blockbuster of the summer.

Another icy attraction arrived in Hillsboro Village this summer when the Snowball Stand parked its light blue push cart at the edge of the Shell stations' parking lot. An apple green umbrella, a tiny table and a roster of colorful shaved-ice confections is luring pedestrians to Kelly McGonigal's cute and cool enterprise.

Other openings in June included The Ivy restaurant downtown and Goha Ethiopian on Murfreesboro Road.

On the other side of the restaurant ledger, we said goodbye to Ombi: A Gastropub, which closed for good a few months after courageous bartender Terrell Raley purchased the Elliston Place eatery and tried valiantly to breathe new life into it. Out White Bridge Road, Bridges Cafe closed its doors after a series of chefs failed to make a destination out of the former Molly P. space. Most recently, Bites posted about the closing of Rosario's in Edgehill Village.

On the horizon: Burger Up is slated to open in December in 12South, and chef Clay Greenberg is looking ahead to 2010 for the opening of Chez Lis in Green Hills, near the new Bedford Commons.

A more complete listing of 2009 restaurant openings and closings is available after the jump.

Restaurant Closings in 2009

Agave Tequila Lounge

Alleycat Lounge

Andrew Chadwick's on Rutledge Hill


Bistro 215

Bridges Cafe

City Limits II

Eats à la Carte

Goldie's Deli

In Dyer Need Cafe

Michael T's

Nick's Italian Deli

Ombi: A Gastropub

One Hundred West



Tangredi's Italian Kitchen

Wildwood Oak-Fired Kitchen

Restaurant Openings in 2009

108 Grille

1808 Grille

Bombay Bistro

Brewhouse 100

Cajun Steamer

Cantina Laredo


Elliston Place Green Hills (Transition from Green Hills Cafeteria)

Fleur de Lis Flavors

Fresh Blends

Gabby's Burger and Fries

Goha Ethiopian

Gridiron 9 (Coming in June)

Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box

The Ivy

The Jolly Rogue

The Local Taco

Patterson House

Pranzo Jersey Italian Cafe

Re'Je's Grab & Go


The Snowball Stand

Southern Bred

SouthSide Grill (Transition from Sofie's Bistro)

Sweet CeCe's

Tom's Elite Carryout

Urban Flats

The Wine Loft (Coming in June)

Watanabe Sushi and Asian

Wild Bill's Beignets and Bikes

Xavier's Exquisite Cuisine


Zumi Sushi

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