Nashville-based restaurant company Strategic Hospitality will open Locust — which will specialize in shaved ice, dumplings, sake, highballs and noodles — in 12South on Thursday.
Locust will be located at 2305 12th Ave. S. in a building from which Strategic Hospitality operates its main office. Originally planned for a 2019 opening, Locust will operate within the front section of the building (pictured) that was last home to Art & Soul.
The Japanese version of shaved ice known as kakigōri is gaining visibility at various Strategic restaurants (and at SoBro-based Proper Sake Co.). Trevor Moran, a former chef at Strategic’s The Catbird Seat and an ongoing collaborator with company owners and brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg, specializes in shaved ice and will oversee the business.
To start, Locust will open with a 30-seat heated outdoor patio available for reservations and walk-ins. The dining room, which seats 44 people, will open soon. Kynsey Hunter will serve as general manager and sake sommelier.
“We can’t wait to have you [visit] our little home,” Moran said in the release. “Come by, eat as many dumplings as you can, and finish them off with a shaved ice.”
Locust is Moran's first solo restaurant and the culmination of his kakigōri pop-up as well as multiple trips to Japan. In addition to shaved ice and dumplings, there will be additional menu items that will change based on the chef's inspiration. The dining space will feature an open kitchen with a handful of seats directly in front of it so that guests can view meals being created.
Strategic Hospitality also runs Pinewood Social and Henrietta Red, among other area restaurants.
Aldi near Brentwood to open this week
An Aldi located in the Brentwood segment of Davidson County is slated to open this week on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The new location at 7117 Southpoint Parkway is located near the Nolensville city limits and off Nolensville Pike in Davidson County. It will join 20 locations in Middle Tennessee with another store set to open on Mallory Lane in Brentwood on Nov. 12.
Based in Germany, the discount supermarket chain announced in July that it has surpassed 2,000 stores in the United State. The company is seeking to have about 70 additional locations opened by year’s end.
International grocery to open at Nashville Farmers Market
A&M Marketplace will open in the Nashville Farmers Market on Nov. 6, Nashville Business Journal reports.
Nashville couple and business partners Martha Lupai and Alex Sekwat, immigrants from Sudan, will operate the international grocery store from a 1,400-square-foot space, NBJ reports.
The Farmers Market is located at 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.