A potential neighborhood staple is planned for 501 Main Street in East Nashville, where two local restaurateurs are working on a new venture to be called The Mainstay.
East Side residents Manny Hatz (above, right) and Josiah Johnson (above, left) have joined forces for the new restaurant. Hatz recently sold five Jet’s Pizza locations, while Johnson ended his 14-year stint at Rosepepper Cantina. They have hired chef Billie Falon to prepare a menu described as “elevated bar food with a farm-to-table concept” at a price point of about $10 to $20.
“We wanted it to be a mainstay where people in East Nashville felt like they could come in, grab a burger on a Tuesday night, watch the game,” says Anna-Vija McClain of Piccolo Marketing, which is handling the restaurant’s branding. “It’s not supposed to be a finer dining or special occasion-type of restaurant. It’s supposed to be more of an everyday-use type of restaurant.”
The Mainstay will take over the space in the 5th and Main building formerly occupied by The Vine, which closed last May due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a post on restaurant’s Facebook page. The space is currently undergoing renovations, and the owners expect to launch in March.
Once The Mainstay is open for business, they hope to attract customers from both sides of the river. “Manny and Josiah both have a strong sense of attachment to the East Nashville community, and they very much want to grow that,” McClain says. “They’re trying to show that this is a great area to be. It’s not only convenient to East Nashville, but also to the downtown residents and people who are working right there across the river.”