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April 2022 restaurant openings and closings around Nashville

Sherah Ndjongo
Nashville Tennessean
Joey's House of Pizza announced its permanent closure in April 2022.

What’s new? What shuttered? Here is a list of noteworthy restaurant openings and closings that happened around the Nashville area during the month of April 2022.

Openings

Anchorhead Coffee

Seattle-based coffee shop and bakery Anchorhead Coffee began welcoming in guests into its newest 800-square-foot downtown Nashville café earlier this month. The sleek space, which embraces an Instagrammable, dark aesthetic, is the perfect spot for those who crave more adventurous refreshments such as hazel Ube lattes, cold brew chocolate milk or pistachio milk matcha. Strawberry lemon scones, pastrami and cheese croissants and bacon cheddar biscuits are a few appetizing bites on the menu.

150 Fourth Ave. N. Suite G-250; info@anchorheadcoffee.com; www.anchorheadcoffee.com

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Dicey’s Pizza & Tavern

Wedgewood-Houston’s latest addition to its growing food scene is the all-day neighborhood bar and restaurant Dicey’s Pizza & Tavern. Situated beside Soho House, the walk-in only establishment serves tavern-style pizza including specialty, classic and build your own choices. Delicious salads like the Smokehouse Cobb and the Chopped Greek and filling subs such as the Spicy Beef Pro and The Italian Submarine are tempting menu standouts. Some drinks are various beer options, cocktails and “fun shots.” Dicey’s is a collaboration between Land & See Dept. and Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners, the same real estate and hospitality operating firm who are bringing New York City’s Pastis to the neighborhood.

425 Chestnut St.; Instagram: @diceyspizzatavern; www.diceystavern.com

Dock Local

Fresh New England-style seafood has arrived at Fifth + Broadway’s Assembly Food Hall just in time for summer with the grand opening of Dallas-originated Dock Local. Starters such as Garlic Lobster Fries and Hot Crab Queso are popular with guests. Seafood Mac, Dockside Pickles, lobster rolls including the Maine and the Connecticut and tacos like Smokin Salmon Taco, Baja Fish Taco and Garlic Shrimp Taco seek to entice customers to keep coming back for more fresh flavors. Specific to the Nashville menu are Dynamite Shrimp and Nashville Fish N’ Chips - coastal-inspired plates specially catered to Music City dining preferences.

Assembly Food Hall; 5055 Broadway Place; 214-493-2120; www.docklocalco.com

The Wash

East Nashville restaurant incubator, The Wash, is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, April 30, with mouthwatering meals and innovative drinks from “micro-restaurants” Bay 6 Cocktail Bar, East Side Pho, Soy Cubano, The Poki, Tootsie Lou’s Tacos and Two Peruvian Chefs. There will also be pop-up vendors, live music and gift card giveaways. The Wash’s modern-style building used to be a car wash before its transformation into a micro-bar that will regularly collaborate with local food business owners and bartenders to provide a welcoming environment for visitors to enjoy an assortment of tasty dishes and high-quality cocktails.

1101 McKennie Ave.; 615-638-3304; www.eatwash.com

Closures

Joey’s House of Pizza

News of Joey's House of Pizza closing its doors arrived abruptly, marking an impactful loss in the Nashville dining scene. The family-owned restaurant was a favorite for New York-style pizza for almost 30 years, and it was praised for being a community staple.  Joey's House of Pizza shut down shortly after the owners announced its fate on their social media platforms.

The Crying Wolf

The decision for The Crying Wolf, a popular East Nashville bar, to not renew its lease at 823 Woodland St. was announced in a Facebook post. The lively location also doubled as a music venue during its ten year run. Whether or not The Crying Wolf will be moving to a different address hasn't yet been clarified.

219 Mixed Cuisine

Murfreesboro's 219 Mixed Cuisine restaurant is shuttering at the end of the month after four years of business. The American, Italian and Asian eatery that had a full-service bar as well as a sushi bar announced a temporary closure in March and in the beginning of April, citing, presumably, the owner and the staff taking a vacation as the reason behind the then short-term pause. Operational complications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a portion of the building being needed for the Murfreesboro city revitalization project contributed to the upcoming closure. 

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Coming Up

Nightscape: "Italian Villa"

Innovative multi-sensory venue Nightscape in The Gulch is preparing for its debut immersive dining experience called “Italian Villa.” The event, which will start selling tickets in May until June 5, was created alongside Executive Chef of Pastaria, Zane Dearien, a James Beard nominee. Not only will items served from the menu, from scallop and caviar antipasti to agnolotti with ricotta in grana brodo, be reminiscent of the scenic Italian countryside, but the sights, smells and sounds that will project all throughout the entertainment space will make guests feel as if they have traveled to Italy without having to leave town. 

114 12th Ave. N.; info@explorenightscape.com; www.explorenightscape.com

Tacos by Alebrije

Strategic Hospitality and Alebrije announced this month that they are teaming up to create Tacos by Alebrije. The concession will be Nashville SC's latest one, and it will establish its home in Wedgewood-Houston's Geodis Park. There will be two Tacos by Alebrije concession areas within the sports and entertainment destination where authentic Mexican-style street tacos with either chicken al pastor or pork carnitas wrapped in nixtamal tortillas and topped with salsa, onions or cilantro can be ordered. These incredible tacos can be paired with delectable sides, which will include nachos, charro beans or charred corn esquites.  

More details to come.