Mack & Kate's Owners to Launch M Restaurant in Cummins Station

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Back in April, I had a note in my Food Biz column that Jan and Bernie Strawn, owners of the popular Mack & Kate’s in Franklin and Macke’s in Green Hills, were staking out space in Cummins Station downtown.

At that time, the Strawns gave few details, not even the project's name. Today it was revealed: M. Restaurant & Bar. They also released a description of the food: "a menu of contemporary inspired Southern cuisine and a few international influenced surprises thrown in the mix."

The new place is going in right in the center of the Cummins Station storefronts facing 10th Avenue South. (I believe a brick and stone retailer formerly held the space.) Construction is under way, and the announcement said the new space will have an open, contemporary feel and a chef's bar, and will seat around 100.

The project belongs to an accelerating trend of new restaurants in the SoBro neighborhood hoping to serve the expected boom of customers once the Music City Center opens. (The new convention center is just a couple blocks from Cummins Station.)

Many of the existing restaurants in the area have limited hours, but that's not the case with M: We're told it will be open every day, serving lunch, dinner, extended Sunday brunch and a late-night menu.

M Restaurant and Bar is expected to open Nov. 1 at 209 10th Ave. S., Suite 223 in Cummins Station.

There will be a sneak peek in mid-October, when M will host an open house to meet the SoBro neighbors and offer a food and drink tasting to benefit Linda's Hope, a foundation that offers support for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

For updates, visit the restaurant website or the M Restaurant and Bar page on Facebook.

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