Tennessee promises unique experiences in 2023 with new attractions, restaurants, distilleries, hotels, exhibits, milestone anniversaries and renovations, as well as trends with farm stays that take relaxing and learning new skills to the next level, chef-driven restaurants and hands-on experiences.
New restaurants & retail
With so many anticipated Nashville restaurant openings, it’s hard to keep up with what has already opened, what’s coming soon, and what’s changed. Iconic names take over some of Music City’s newest restaurants, including Eric Church’s Chief’s, Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places and Sinatra Bar & Lounge.
- Mimo Restaurant and Bar (November 2022)
Blending Southern Italian cuisine with Southern influences, this restaurant is open alongside Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. mimorestaurant.com
- Luogo Restaurant (October 2022)
Luogo is a new Italian restaurant by Anthony Scotto located in the Gulch. luogorestaurant.com
- Scout’s Pub (October 2022)
A. Marshall Hospitality opened the second location of Scout’s Pub in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood. scoutspub.com
- Almost Friday Sporting Club (September 2022)
Almost Friday is a sports bar, music venue, and restaurant in one. almostfridaynash.com
- Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen (September 2022)
A fast-casual, build-your-own-bowl Italian Kitchen that focuses on our fresh pasta, made from scratch has opened another location in Donelson. nicolettos.com
- Buds & Brews (August 2022)
Buds & Brews opened in the Germantown neighborhood. It is Tennessee’s first-ever legal cannabis bar and restaurant with upscale bar fare paired with cannabis-infused condiments. budsandbrewsusa.com
- 1 Kitchen (July 2022)
1 Kitchen opened as part of 1 Hotel Nashville, a luxury hotel brand that claims to be “consciously cultivated.” 1hotels.com
- June (July 2022)
Sean Brock’s newest restaurant is located above its sister restaurant, Audrey. junenashville.com
- The Rutledge (June 2022)
The owners of Jonathan’s Grille opened a second location of The Rutledge in the future Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville. therutledge.co
- Taco Mamacita (July 2022)
The Germantown building long home to the since-closed Little’s Fish Market saw Mexican restaurant Taco Mamacita open within its space at 1234 Sixth Ave. N. tacomamacita.com
- Bag Lady’s Chip & Fry Co. (June 2022)
A French fry-focused food truck opened a permanent spot at 1402 Buchanan Street in North Nashville. bagladys.com
- Overlord (June 2022)
The Once Upon a Time in France co-owner’s stylish bar Overlord is open in East Nashville. overlordnashville.com
- 5 Points Diner & Bar (May 2022)
Located in East Nashville, 5 Points Diner & Bar offers an elevated diner flare. 5pointsdiner.com
- Blue Aster (May 2022)
As the main restaurant in the Conrad Hotel, Blue Aster focuses on seafood. blueasternashville.com
- Dicey’s Tavern (May 2022)
Dark, loud, and fun is the vibe at this new all-day neighborhood bar and cafe, with subs, salads, and tavern-style pizza to accompany the atmosphere. diceystavern.com
- Layer Cake (May 2022)
Layer Cake Social club is a four-level mix of restaurants and bars, with each floor and space aiming to provide distinct settings and experiences located in Downtown Nashville. layercakenashville.com
- Halls Chophouse (May 2022)
A steak and seafood restaurant opened at 1600 West End Ave. hallschophouse.com
- Thistle & Rye (May 2022)
Conrad Nashville’s third-floor beverage-focused spot offers live music, an indoor-outdoor bar, a spacious patio, and small plates. thistleandrye.com
- Pepperfire (April 2022)
Pepperfire opened its third location in the Nations at 5104 Centennial Blvd. pepperfirehotchicken.com
- The Wash (April 2022)
Eastside Pho, Soy Cubano, and more are on tap for the new East Nashville micro-kitchen at 1101 McKennie Ave. eatwash.com
- Anchorhead Coffee Co. (March 2022)
Seattle-based Anchorhead Coffee Co. has chosen Nashville for its first location outside of Washington in One Nashville. anchorheadcoffee.com
- Blue Sushi Sake Grill (March 2022)
Housed in Fifth + Broadway, Blue Sushi Sake Grill is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar. bluesushisakegrill.com
- The Pink Hermit Cafe (March 2022)
A casually elegant all-day café under the direction of Chef Jean-George is open at the Hermitage Hotel. thehermitagehotel.com/nashville-dining
- Xiao Bao Biscuit (March 2022)
East Nashville’s Dive Motel is the new home to Xiao Bao Biscuit. xiaobaobiscuit.com
- All People Coffee (February 2022)
A new Black-owned cafe, All People Coffee, is now open in East Nashville at 347 Douglas Ave. allpeoplecoffee.com
- Boqueria (February 2022)
Boqueria is a new tapas bar and restaurant which opened at the Fifth + Broadway development. assemblyfoodhall.com
- Dutch Bros Coffee (February 2022)
Dutch Bros Coffee opened in Hermitage at 4001 Lebanon Pike. locations.dutchbros.com
- Electric Jane (February 2022)
The Electric Jane is Nashville’s newest hype spot, claiming to deliver modern, collaborative dining; live entertainment experiences; breakfast boards; and a “high energy power brunch.” theelectricjane.com
- Drusie & Darr (January 2022)
Internationally celebrated chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened Drusie & Darr at the historic Hermitage Hotel. thehermitagehotel.com
- The Electric Jane (January 2022)
A modern-day dining and live entertainment club that opened in the Gulch at 1301 Division Street. theelectricjane.com
- Le Loup (January 2022)
The team behind the Optimist has opened Le Loup in Germantown. leloupnashville.com
- The Velvet Taco (January 2022)
Now open in Midtown, Velvet Taco is a one-of-a-kind taco concept serving premium food in a unique & funky fast-casual setting. velvettaco.com
- Bringle’s Smoking Oasis (December 2021)
Legendary pitmaster Carey Bringle opened Bringle’s Smoking Oasis in The Nations. bringlessmokingoasis.com
- Punk Wok (December 2021)
Punk Wok, an American izakaya restaurant opened in Sylvan Park at 4101 Charlotte Ave. punkwok.com
- Sip SoBro
Cummins Station is slated to get a cocktail bar and restaurant opening in SoBro by the end of 2022. Read more from Nashville Business Journal.
- Joe Muer Seafood
Detroit-based Joe Vicari Restaurant Group announced Tuesday it will open Joe Muer Seafood in January 2023 at Capitol View in the North Gulch. Read more from the Nashville Post.
- Andiamo Presto
Detroit-based Joe Vicari Restaurant Group announced Tuesday it will open Andiamo Presto in January 2023 at Capitol View in the North Gulch. Read more from the Nashville Post.
Located in East Nashville’s Highland Yards, Kisser will open in January 2023. Read more from kisserrestaurant.com
- Chotto Matte
A high-end restaurant specializing in Japanese and Peruvian fusion Nikkei cuisine is heading to ONE22ONE in early 2023. Read more from Nashville Eater.
- Doughbird Pizza & Chicken
Fox Restaurant Concepts plans to bring Doughbird Pizza & Chicken to Hill Center Green Hills in early 2023 at 4031 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 901. Read more from Nashville Business Journal.
- The Iberian Pig
Taking over Colt’s Chocolate space, The Iberian Pig will offer traditional tapas, charcuterie, and queso in early 2023. Read more from Nashville Post.
- Pullman Standard
A new cocktail bar is expected to launch in early 2023 in the iconic Cummins Station building near downtown Nashville. Read more from Nashville Post.
- Salento Italia
The Darsino family will open an Italian restaurant in Donelson in early 2023. Read more from Nashville Eater.
- St. Vito Focacciaria
Nashville-based sfincione pizza and Sicilian street food concept is making its way to the Gulch in early 2023. Read more from Nashville Business Journal.
- Sinatra Bar and Lounge
In the spring of 2023, a two-story concept will occupy the first and second floors of the historic Southern Turf building in Printer’s Alley. Read more from Nashville Business Journal.
- Bad Idea
Wine pro, Alex Burch, plans to open a new East Nashville restaurant in the Spring of 2023. Read more from Nashville Scene.
- Blind Barber
A community-hub barbershop and speakeasy, is opening in Paseo South Gulch in the spring of 2023. Read more from Nashville Lifestyles.
Eric Church’s six-story Lower Broadway bar will feature an intimate, seated live music venue and a whole hog barbecue restaurant on the rooftop, serving meats from pitmaster and James Beard Award-winner Rodney Scott. Read more from Nashville Eater.
- Friends In Low Places
Garth Brooks is opening a bar on Lower Broadway in 2023 that will feature three floors, live music stages, and multiple bars. Read more from Nashville Eater.
Opening in 2023 in Wedgewood-Houston, this modern Japanese restaurant will use local ingredients and traditional methods. Read more from Nashville Scene.
The famed New York City bistro from Keith McNally will open in 2023 next to Soho House Nashville. Read more from Nashville Eater.
- Tiger Bar
With a planned opening in 2023, Tiger Bar will take over 2909 B Gallatin Pike, previously occupied by Walden Bar. Read more from Nashville Business Journal.
- Good People Brewing Company
Birmingham-based Good People Brewing Company is eyeing a late 2023 opening in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park neighborhood. The taproom will offer a small brewing component at the historic McGavock House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more from the Nashville Post.
NEW BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES, WINERIES & SPIRITS
Sample wonderful wine with a chance to win prizes along the new Tennessee Wine Trail featuring more than 40 wineries, meaderies and cideries.
NEW HOTELS & PLACES TO STAY
Music City celebrates growth with new hotels like Cambria Hotel Church St. (Sept. 2023), BNA Airport Hilton Hotel (Late 2023), Hyatt Place Green Hills (Nov. 2023) and the new Four Seasons Hotel Nashville (opened Nov. 2022) for travelers looking to experience the upscale side of the city.
Just south of Nashville in Franklin, TN, A luxury resort with a focus on living off the land, Southall is now open with rooms, suites, cottages, a spa, well-being journeys with transformative treatments, mindful rituals, adventure activities and a signature chef-driven restaurant.
NEW ATTRACTIONS, EXHIBITS & EXPERIENCES
The new Rock Hall at the Ryman exhibit pays tribute to the iconic Ryman Auditorium, including stories about Elvis Presley, James Brown, Dolly Parton, the Foo Fighters and today’s hitmakers.
FanDuel Bracket City Live(March 16-18) comes to Nashville for its first festival centered around music, basketball, and action. Later in the year, the National Hockey League’s draft(June 28-29) and awards (June 26) will be hosted for the first time in the same city since 2006.
RENOVATED OR REIMAGINED
Flying in and out of Nashville International Airport (BNA)will have a new look and feel with new local eateries, local gifts at Music City Shop, new state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility, a nine-story airport Hilton hotel, fourth major concourse and a massive terminal parking garage complex.
Famous for its Nashville hot chicken twists on classic dishes and boozy slushies, Party Fowl will expand its downtown location into a new, larger space in 2023. Party Fowl has six restaurants in total with additional outposts in Nashville International Airport and Nissan Stadium.
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen expands to include a new indoor/outdoor pavilion opening spring 2023 to include live music and events. Guests can enjoy a fast-casual option with a walk-up, concession-style bar and grill featuring steins of beer, cocktails and its own wood grill.
- 10th anniversary – Johnny Cash Museum
- 25th anniversary – Nashville Shores celebrates the milestone with the new Riptide Racer, the largest slide of its type in the world, giveaways, discounts, birthday ty, fireworks and special events yearlong.
- 50th anniversary – CMA Fest (June 8-11) – Nashville