Chefs Willy Thomas, Joe Shaw Teaming To Open Pomodoro East



The anchor restaurant space (formerly Cooper's on Porter) in the retail and residential development at Porter Road and Eastland in East Nashville didn't stay vacant for too long.

Chef Willy Thomas and his wife Yvette (Park Cafe, Eastland Cafe) have tapped veteran chef Joe Shaw to be executive chef and manager of their upcoming Italian restaurant, called Pomodoro East. ("Pomodoro" means tomato in Italian.)

Shaw is a chef and manager with 25 years' experience; he’s a veteran of legendary chef Frank Stitt’s operations in Birmingham, Ala., and made his mark in Nashville at various restaurants including Watermark, The Standard and Miro District.

For more details, check out my Food Biz column in the Nashville Post section of today's City Paper.

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