Housekeeping to start off a news-packed Buzz: We’re hard at work on our annual Tomato Art Fest issue — our biggest issue of the year, with 20 percent higher distribution and loads of tomatoey fun — and advertising opportunities are still available. Reach Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get an ad in for July-August.
Beyond, we’ve got beds and beverages, Indian and Italian food, and lots more fun. On to the week’s crop of East Nashville news:
Vandyke Bed & Beverage coming to Five Points
After the better part of a decade laying fallow, 105 S. 11th St. in East Nashville's Five Points is finally due to come back to life: Vandyke Bed & Beverage, a combination boutique hotel and bar/restaurant, is coming together on the ground where the Edgefield Restaurant once stood.
The “Bed & Beverage” concept will take over the brand new building’s three stories (the humble Edgefield building was demolished in 2016, see Google Street View emptiness), with a slated eight rooms filling upper floors, and the dining and drinking hub taking up the ground level, plus an open-air courtyard adding extra outdoor space.
Longtime Nashvillian Doug R. Martin, part of the team behind the project, says the project is envisioned as a “hybrid of a boutique hotel and an Airbnb experience,” with each room offering a unique design that’s meant to tie back into themes woven into the bar program.
That program isn’t designed just for hotel guests — the bar and courtyard, Martin says, will be open to the public, with a personality that they hope will key into their surroundings.
“We felt it essential to appeal to the senses and vibe with East Nashville,” Martin says, “with a focus on cocktails and beer with a limited but elevated bar food menu.”
If you’ve been to new Germantown eatery Geist, you’ll have a little extra insight into how the Vandyke cocktail and food program will likely play out. Martin, who’s also behind that highly praised addition to the Nashville food and drinks scene, says we’ll find “the same attempt to present a unique experience and zest for quality,” and a certain amount of staff crossover, too.
“There will be loose ties to Geist,” he says, “with our burger definitely being on the food menu, and a lot of the same quality drinks and cocktails appearing.”
The inspiration for the lodging part of the business, meanwhile, comes from slightly farther-flung locales: the team’s extensive national and international travels.
“One of the closest examples to Nashville that we admire is that of Longman & Eagle in Chicago,” Martin says, “as they just seem to ‘get it’ from a food and beverage standpoint, and also a limited-service hotel experience in a uniquely local part of town, off the main drag of the city.”
Hopes are to see Vandyke’s rooms open by late summer, with the bar either opening to the public simultaneously, or shortly thereafter, with weekday evening hours, and all-day weekend hours.
Far as sending your in-laws to crash at Vandyke instead of in your guest room: Rates haven’t been announced yet, but Martin says, “We are inline or below market rates based on square footage of rooms, and the experience one will get hanging in Five Points.”
Meantime, if you’d like to get a little better sense of what’s in the works, Geist Bar + Restaurant is open now at 311 Jefferson St. just over the river, 5:30 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Rumours East location reborn as eDESIa
A few weeks back, we shared a bit of info we got about longstanding East Nashville restaurant Rumours East passing to new owners’ hands, and that there’d be a few “down days” for a reboot.
The latest: It’s set to be more than a few down days, and more than just a simple reboot.
In the next two weeks or so, we should see the doors reopen at 1112 Woodland St., with a new name, fresh finishes and a completely new approach.
At the new eDESIa — a name chosen in part as a nod to the Roman goddess of food — we’ll see lots of physical changes to that early 1900s Victorian-turned-eatery, and a menu that focuses on Italian and Indian fusion, the latter a nod to GM Sathyan Gopalan’s own background.
“Things like spinach gnocchi can come out with a spinach sauce that’s Indian, and give a nice texture,” says Gopalan, who most recently held a GM post at high-end Italian spot Tartufo.
In the eDESIa kitchen, Gopalan and fellow chef Carl Schramm (a native Nashvillian whose resume includes stints at celeb chef Maneet Chauhan’s Tànsuǒ and The Mockingbird, along with Capitol Grille and others) are aiming for a lot of collaboration and experimentation. And while the menu planning is still in its early stages, the intention is to build a full dining menu and a creative, eclectic bar menu, where the team can try out fresh ideas and inspiration.
At the bar, Jacob McFeely (one of several Rumours East staffers crossing over to eDESIa, along with wedding coordinator Tammera McClendon) is looking to introduce approachable punches, daily specials to pair with new menu items and cocktails suited for the season.
“Personally I like a lot of florals and herbs in my drinks,” McFeely says, “so I’m gonna be doing a lot of that… It’s warm, it’s hot, it’s humid, so I try to make it light, refreshing.”
Big changes to the physical space are in the works too: Gopalan says they’re restructuring and freshening throughout, and making major improvements to the courtyard, adding a barn and stage for live music and an emphasis on more natural elements, with bird feeders to invite in tweeting friends and local company Gardens of Babylon contributing landscape design.
Overall, Gopalan says, they’re aiming to foster a staff-as-family vibe in-house, and for diners, to offer a “high-end experience that everyone can afford. Not only flavor, but a lot of love.”
An early version of an eDESIa website is up now at edesianashville.com (though Gopalan says the menu ideas listed there don't necessarily reflect what we'll see when they open); keep an eye for updates as they roll out.
The 1112 Woodland St. property had been home to wine bar/restaurant Rumours East since 2007, and prior, operated as Red Wagon Cafe, with well-known Nashville chef Meg Giuffrida at the helm. (Top image: eDESIa logo and Google Street View.)
Relik Vintage plans grand opening
The Relik Vintage shop is new, technically — it recently took over 943B Woodland St. from Woodland Thrift, and a grand opening celebration is planned for June 9. But if you’ve been in the neighborhood a bit, a lot there may feel familiar.
Regular Woodland shoppers likely already came across Relik owner Matt Blinco’s vintage finds — he’d been consignment selling at 943B Woodland St. for a bit before taking over the space, offering a mix of items that he says espouse a motto of “Nostalgic. Fashionable. Fun.”
More specifically, between pop-ups, online sales and consignment over the past few years, Blinco's been sharing items from the ‘70s through ‘90s. “Vintage tees, military, ‘90s Sports wear,” he says, noting that he also likes to hunt for records and ,“I especially like finding and selling Nashville-centric pieces.”
Blinco’s overall trajectory has been particularly Nashville-centric, too — he’s also a co-owner of social good-minded apparel company Project 615, whose “Spread Love It’s The Nashville Way” and other 615-y shirts and tanks have clothed famous folk from Garth Brooks to Lady Gaga.
“I just wanted to try a different kind of retail, and vintage clothing has been a passion of mine,” Blinco says of branching out with Relik. “…I've designed the tees for Project 615 and always wanted a vintage aesthetic, so I was always looking at vintage tees for inspiration.”
Think his taste in old stuff might match yours? The party’s one good opportunity to check Relik out: It’ll run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 9, with Bertie's Biscuits and King of Pops on hand with snacks. Immediately afterward, acoustic show series The Kitchen, now hosted in the Relik space, hosts its reopening.
Regular hours outside the grand opening: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sunday noon to 5.
To keep up with the latest, follow Relik Vintage on Facebook.
Révéler Beauty launches in Inglewood
Another new name in the East Nashville beauty game: Nashville makeup artist Brandi Roe — a specialist in makeup for film/TV, photo shoots and events — recently launched her Révéler Beauty studio in Inglewood, at 935 East Trinity Ln. #2 (in coworking/business hub Sparkworks Union).
Among her offerings: makeup application (in studio or on location), lessons and classes, holistic beauty education sessions, personal shopping and more.
Roe has a slew of high-profile clients on her resume, from national networks including the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet to local businesses like Takl and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, plus an impressive crop of bold country-music names, including Brenda Lee, Jeannie Seely and Tanya Tucker.
You can learn more and schedule services through the Révéler Beauty website, and as this post was going up, Roe was offering a “grand opening” special, with new e-newsletter sign-ons getting 15 percent off a first service. (You can also follow along on the Révéler Beauty Facebook page.)
Recluse Home launches in Inglewood
Your East Nashville home need some freshening up? “Craigslist connoisseur, vintage rug addict, and interior stylist” Jennie Lorenz recently launched Recluse Home, offering interior design consultations, styling, sourcing and more, at rates that she says show “good design doesn't have to cost your left kidney.”
The name: Yes, a nod to those dang frickin’ bugs. (Don’t @ us, entomologists, we know spiders aren’t really bugs.)
If you’d like to see some of her work/learn more, check out reclusehome.co.
— On June 2 at Drifters (1008 B Woodland St.), come out, eat, drink, be merry and listen to music to support a neighbor in need: The Marscha Conquers micro-festival runs from 2 to 10 p.m. with lots of live music, a silent auction, drink specials and more. Funds raised will help Marscha Seraphine get the care she needs to fight stage 2 cervical cancer. If you can’t make it to the show but still want to help, there’s info on how to contribute at marschaconquers.com.
— Wanna take part in this year’s Tomato Art Fest "Push, Pull & Wear" Parade? It’s a lot of fun, and it’s sign-up time.
— If you really like the Honeysuckle Lemonade over at East Nashville bar Walden, hot (cold) tip: They shared the recipe with Thirsty magazine.
— East Nashvillian/NPR scribe Ann Powers offers a “First Listen” of fellow neighbor Erin Rae’s Putting On Airs album, out June 8. We wrote about both of those talented ladies: Erin Rae in The East Nashvillian, Ann Powers in The East Nashvillian.
— Little updates from some anticipated new East Side spots:
> New Middle Eastern restaurant Lyra’s build-out is getting close. (Here’s what we wrote about Lyra, which is taking over the old Holland House space.)
That’s all for this week. Have some East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.