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 for a staff-as-family vibe in-house, and for diners, 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.