With a glut of new restaurant and retail openings this fall, Nashville seems ready to become the next hipster enclave of the South.
Via the NY Times, By KATIE CHANG,
Nashville has spent the past few years slowly cultivating a more hipster-friendly identity, not unlike that of Austin, Tex., its spiritual compadre to the west. This fall, the city ups the ante in its bid to become the Williamsburg of the South. In the trendy Gulch neighborhood, the architect Nick Dryden has helped lead the transformation, designing hip spaces for clothing designer Billy Reidand for the denim mecca Imogene + Willie. Dryden’s latest endeavor, the 404 Hotel & Kitchen, which opens in October, is in an old garage next to a bluegrass landmark, the Station Inn, and preserves many of the original structure’s rustic charms: loftlike rooms with exposed ceiling beams and concrete floors (404 12th Avenue South). Then there’s Benjamin and Max Goldberg, the brothers behind the much buzzed-about restaurant the Catbird Seat. Next month they’ll openPinewood Social — part restaurant, part bar and part hipster country club, with vintage bowling lanes, an outdoor pool, bocce-ball courts and karaoke rooms (33 Peabody Street). Chef Josh Habiger, who designed Pinewood’s menu, will also be cooking at Music City Eats, Nashville’s first food and music festival, the brainchild of the celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman and the local rockers Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon (Sept. 21-22).