If you’ve lived in Nashville for years now, you’ve seen plenty of restaurants, old and new, come and go. But, there’s a particular subset of restaurants that is near and dear to our hearts here at Happy Cottons - those restaurants that existed in midtown circa 2007 when Nashville was just beginning its rise to popularity. These are the restaurants that paved the way for Nashville to become an ‘it’ city, but didn’t quite pull through to Music City’s most recent era and they were oh-so-cool back in their day. If you frequented midtown in the early 2000’s, do you have fond memories of these old faves?
While Houston’s still has several locations, including one in Memphis, the restaurant closed its doors in middle TN in 2005. Beloved in Nashville, residents were understandably shocked and upset when the restaurant left. A one-star 2008 TripAdvisor review for Bricktop’s (who took Houston’s former location) even reads “They are no Houston’s!!!!”.
Jackson’s Bar and Bistro
After an 18-year run, Jackson’s closed its doors in 2018. A Hillsboro Village staple, Jackson’s was frequented by college students and nearby residents and always seemed to be open whether for brunch or a late night snack (cookie dough egg rolls, anyone?). The outdoor patio was a favorite and constantly packed with students looking for a place to hang out on a sunny afternoon. Ah…the good ole’ days…
Sunset Grill, once one of midtown Nashville’s finer dining establishments, ceased operations in 2015 after 24 years in business. Fortunately, former Sunset Grill owner Randy Rayburn’s other originals, Cabana and Midtown Cafe, are still going strong for Nashvillians looking for some nostalgia.
In 2015, Bound’ry abruptly announced to its employees that the restaurant was closing for renovations. It never re-opened. While Bound’ry might be closed, you can still enjoy eats from its onetime chef, Deb Paquette, at Etch.
What are your favorite former Nashville eateries?
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