1201 Market is the brainchild of Miguel Sanchez and Cameron Monzon. Sanchez is one of the founders of Wild & Local Foods, the popular wild-caught seafood and local meat purveyor in the Nashville Farmers' Market.
Sanchez tells Bites that the market, at 1201 Porter Road, will specialize in prepped foods made with fresh ingredients, for folks who want a relatively quick but high-quality meal. That could mean anything from pre-marinated chicken breasts and pre-seasoned steaks and fish to fully prepared meals, soups and sides. He also plans to carry fresh produce, and is working on developing a hydroponic system so they can grow their own. Sanchez will continue to be a partner in Wild & Local, which also runs a booming wholesale business and will supply the seafood and meats for 1201.
Sanchez and Monzon are Kentucky natives and met while studying at the University of Louisville. Sanchez's roots are Spanish and Monzon's Cuban, so expect a Latin flair in some of the dishes. And Sanchez says he plans to feature dishes created by many of the Nashville chefs he's forged relationships with through Wild & Local's wholesale business.
Speaking of Kentucky, there's an adjoining space to 1201 where the two men will also open Boone & Sons, featuring high-end bourbon, wine and high-alcohol beer.
"It's named after Daniel Boone," Sanchez says. "He's the founder of Kentucky, and we want focus on bourbon, because we grew up in the bourbon culture. We will carry bourbons you may not hear about in Tennessee. And we want it be an educational place, where you can get information about pairing bourbon, wine and beer with foods, and other things." He adds that 1201 Market will also sell regional and craft beers, and will have a growler filler.
Sanchez and Monzon hope to be up and running in mid-September. "We're working 18 hours a day right now trying to get everything in line. Codes, licenses, there's a lot to take care of."
Incidentally, Wild & Local was the hands-down favorite response to the question I posed on Friday's Weekly Open Thread, "Where's the best place in Nashville to buy seafood?" I'd never heard of the place, but on Sunday — on the recommendations of you, hallowed Bites readers — I headed down to check it out, and got a superb swordfish steak. And on Tuesday night, my girlfriend Wendy and I ate at Cafe Fundamental and had a great dish featuring some fabulous Verlasso salmon from W&L. Verlasso is farm-raised in Patagonia, and Sanchez says it's the only farm-raised fish they carry, because of it's high quality and focus on sustainability.