The folks behind downtown spot Slow Hand Coffee are coming to East Nashville with a double-shot. This spring, owner Nick Guidry tells us, two new concepts are set to open here in the neighborhood: full-service restaurant Pelican & Pig, and Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop, a fleshed-out version of the original Slow Hand on 10th Ave. S.
“After learning a year ago of the sale of our current building downtown, we went on a six-month hunt for our future location,” Guidry says. His team found a home to suit both concepts: 1012 Gallatin Avenue, a building that once dealt mufflers on one side, auto glass on the other. (Above image: Google Street View.)
Guidry and Co. will be taking over the right side of the building; in-the-works “casual exotic hideout” Pearl Diver is expected to open on the left.
Guidry says the team’s working on both projects simultaneously, with Pelican & Pig in the middle unit in the building, the new Coffee + Bakeshop on the right.
At Pelican & Pig, diners will be ordering from a menu that centers around live wood/ember fire cooking, done in a raised brick grill onsite.
“Live fire will be utilized at its various stages from smoking and grilling meats over embers, to ash roasting vegetables and hearth-baking breads,” Guidry says. “Shareable sides will focus heavily on locally sourced, seasonal vegetables. We are committed to working with our local farmers and butchers to supply our meats, dairy and vegetables, and will continue baking all our breads, crackers and pastry items in-house.”
A “small and specialized” cocktail/beer and wine menu is also in the works, along with a dessert menu focused on “comforting classics and fun twists on old favorites.” Nick Guidry is leading the kitchen, with wife Audra Guidry, pastry pro at Slow Hand, continuing as executive pastry chef and front of house manager.
They’ll have dinner six nights a week, plus weekend brunch.
Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop, meanwhile, will have a lot of what downtown fans have come to love, just specialized in some cases, expanded in others.
Guidry says we should expect about triple the pastry selection at the new Slow Hand, plus a new specialized preparation-focused coffee approach, with a pour-over bar and specific brewing methods focused on individual bean options.
Grab-and-go commuters will have options too, from quick-service coffee to wraps, biscuits and sandwiches. For Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop, they’ll have open hours every day of the week.
At both locations, coffee's being sourced by North Carolina's Counter Culture Coffee (a much-praised name in coffee-nerd circles).
If you’d like to get to know our new neighbors better while they work on opening, follow Slow Hand Coffee on Facebook.