Local Taco, Chocolate F/X coming to East Nashville

The Local Taco
 
Fans of The Shoppes on Fatherland — home to Pavilion East, Baxter Bailey & Company, Tiffany's Boutique and a host of other local stops — have Mark and Patti Sanders to thank for that corner’s growth.
 
And growth is definitely the highlighted word with the Sanders of late; if you follow East Nashville business development news (or drive around that part of the neighborhood much), you’re probably aware of 1100 Fatherland, the new cluster opening up right next to the Shoppes. Finishing touches are being put on the building now — parking-lot paving, landscaping and the like — and new tenants (and transplants from The Shoppes) will start moving in shortly. 
 
Wanna know the latest on what you’ll see there? Patti kindly shared the latest, and it’s some fun stuff.
 
New: The Local Taco will open its third area eatery in the 1100 Fatherland building, serving eclectic Tex-Mex fare. (The other two local restaurants are in Brentwood and on Murphy Rd.) Patti says the owners have been eyeing East Nashville for expansion for a while, and are shooting for a July opening if all goes as planned. A good side note for lovers of al fresco dining: a 300-square-foot patio with outside seating is part of the East Side Local Taco plan as well.
 
Already announced additions to 1100 include Spark of Life plant-based/gluten-free cafe, plus relocated homes for several current inhabitants of The Shoppes, including Thrive and nancybgoods. When those Shoppes shuffle over to 1100, their spaces will open up, which brings new faces to The Shoppes, too.
 
Baxter & Bailey will be moving toward the front, and their space is set to get taken over by Chocolate F/X, led by Atlanta chocolatier Andrea Smith. Expect highly unique-looking and -tasting treats -- eyeball-shaped bacon toffee chocolates, caramels designed with tattoo-inspired art and the like. They’re eyeing a spring opening; we’ll share when we know a concrete grand-opening date for Chocolate F/X and the rest of the 1100 clan.
 

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