More Matters of Development

2014 WILL BE AN EXCITING YEAR FULL of new additions and changes for East Nashville. If you weren’t satisfied with the plethora of dining and shopping options before, well, we probably can’t help you. But if you get excited about fun, new places to eat and shop, 2014 might be your year. If not, there’s always junk food at the new Speedway on Gallatin Pike. No news on whether Krystal will ever return.
     The biggest recent change is the relocation of Mitchell Delicatessen to their new home at 1306 McGavock, one block west of their original location. The new, much larger space features more seating but the same favorite menu, as well as some new items. (Don’t worry, the turkey avocado and bacon sandwich is still there.) Make sure to park your bike at the new handlebar mustache bike rack, even if you’re clean-shaven.
     The new Olive & Sinclair chocolate factory is open at 1628 Fatherland. Across the corner at 1701 Fatherland, work has begun on a new coffee/juice/smoothie shop called The Post. Watch out 5 Points—17th and Fatherland is poised to become a cool new hang.
     Just to the south of Ugly Mugs, the next phase of Walden is awaiting completion and will be home to three new businesses. We already know about the first two: Japanese gastro pub Two Ten Jack and the new East Nashville location for Climb Nashville (now open). Longtime favorite West End sports store, Cumberland Transit, will be opening their second location in the third, remaining space.
     Five Points Cocina Mexicana is coming along at 972 Main, where they are planning a large outdoor deck. Ken’s Sushi at 923 Main seems to be at a standstill, although their Facebook page says they will be open in February. Soon we may have two great new dining spots on Main Street.
     At Riverside and Rosebank, Riverside Grill Shack has opened in the space previously occupied by Eat Well Market. Hours are Mon-Sat 11-8.
     Sadly, it seems that Nuvo Burrito is leaving the East Side. It was previously reported that they were moving to the new restaurant space at 1100 Fatherland, but that arrangement didn’t materialize. No word yet on what will replace them next to Marché.
     What we do know about 1100 Fatherland is that they have secured a restaurant tenant: a vegan and gluten-free restaurant called Spark of Life. Joining Spark of Life will be the retail shops Thrive and nancybgoods, moving over from their original locations in The Shoppes on Fatherland.
     Speaking of The Shoppes on Fatherland, three new stores have recently opened. 1907 Kids is the sister store to 1907 Apparel and replaces Wildernest. Two Feathers is a new vintage store in the space formerly occupied by Inspired. Hempopotamus is a new store featuring all things hemp. Hours at the Shoppes on Fatherland are Tue-Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-5.
     Spot’s Pet Supply is now open at 1013 Gallatin Ave., featuring pet food, treats, toys, apparel, and accessories, as well as grooming services and a dog wash. Hours are Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat 9-7, and Sun 10-5.
     Love the show “Storage Wars” but too busy to start your own empire? Storage Treasures is a new store at 2501 Gallatin Ave., where you can get all sorts of crazy finds at low prices— straight from storage lockers.
     Prema Collection, a retail establishment featuring high-end, sustainable world furnishings, is now open for business at Porter East; also open is Antica, a new tapas eatery at the old Myriad location within the Fifth & Main development.
     What’s next? There’s still no word on what will happen to the spaces formerly occupied by Olive & Sinclair, Mitchell Deli, OMG, or Nuvo Burrito. What we do know is that 2014 will surprise us with some great new restaurants, retail shops, and hangouts on the East Side.