Coming in November to the Wabash building in East Nashville, at 901 Woodland St., Ste. 101: restaurant and cafe Stay Golden, a sister spot to the Stay Golden Restaurant & Roastery, which opened in Berry Hill this August.
Like its predecessor, the Stay Golden here on the East Side is set to offer an all-day menu of seasonally focused food, plus coffee and cocktails, with easy options for staying and going, including a walk-up coffee counter with to-go food and drinks, plus a 100-seat dining room and outdoor patio.
In the East Nashville kitchen, sous chef Alex Mills takes the helm (with guidance from executive chef Simoni Kigweba, who’s also overseeing the Berry Hill location). Drinkable things will be wrangled by beverage director Nathanael Mehrens (also wrangling Berry Hill).
Among the fun twists they plan to share here (which may be particularly appealing to locals on a budget): their signature “Golden Hour” happy hour, Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m., with rotating food and drink specials.
Though the team behind Stay Golden — which also includes general manager Robbie Melton, director of hospitality Jamie Cunningham and Joe Moore of DesignWorks Collective — is barely a few months past the flagship opening, an East Nashville expansion, according to Cunningham, was pretty much an inevitability.
“We’ve always loved East Nashville,” he says. “I moved to the East Side in 2009 and haven’t looked back. It’s home to me and I want to add to the amazing food and beverage offerings that already exist.”
Beyond adding to the food scene, Cunningham hopes that Stay Golden can bring more to the East Side community, too.
“Every space we open is meant to add value to the surrounding community and those who live and work in it,” he says. “One of the biggest ways we do that is to hire amazing people, pay them well, and teach them to serve with passion.”
Odds are, Stay Golden’s going to stay growing, too.
“We’re pumped to show Nashville a new kind of restaurant experience,” Cunningham says. “We definitely plan to expand into more than just these two spaces. But we’re not in a hurry. We want to grow smart, not fast. We will work to stabilize the first two before we look to expand any further.”
Once the doors open in November (an exact date hasn’t been announced yet), planned hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8-5 Saturday and Sunday. Meantime, you can get to know Stay Golden’s approach at stay-golden.com, and visit the Berry Hill store at 2934 Sidco Dr., Ste. 130.