Treehouse welcomes executive chef

Richard Jones

East Nashville restaurant The Treehouse has named Richard Jones as executive chef.

Post sister publication Nashville Scene reports that Jones arrives from Green Door Gourmet and is planning a full menu overhaul for January.

“I’m excited to elevate the dining experience at this neighborhood hang,” Jones (pictured) told the Scene.

Caroline Black and Kelly Black operate the restaurant, located at 1011 Clearview Ave., via POP Hospitality Group owner. The Blacks' restaurants in Middle Tennessee include NashHouse Southern Spoon and Saloon at the Cambria hotel downtown, The Row Kitchen & Pub and The Honeysuckle in Franklin.


Peg Leg Porker owners land permit for future Nations locale

The owners of Gulch barbecue joint Peg Leg Porker have landed a major permit related to the restaurant they are planning in The Nations.

Carey Bringle owns the property at 4901 Centennial Blvd., which is home to two buildings. The ownership entity comprises Bringle family members solely and does not include outside investors, Bringle said. The family paid $1.1 million for the 0.37-acre property in November 2019, according to Metro records (read here).

The triangular property, last home to vehicle service shop and garage U.S. Autocraft, is located on the northern fringe of the fast-changing West Nashville district and near the key intersection of 51st Avenue North and Centennial.

The permit, valued at $750,000, will allow for the renovation of two structures. Brentwood-based Armstrong Building Group will handle the job.

Bringle opened Peg Leg Porker in The Gulch in 2013, with the BBQ and craft beer eatery having since garnered significant praise from customers and culinary aficionados alike. The Bringle family also owns the property from which that restaurant operates at 903 Gleaves St., having paid $500,000 for it in late 2012, Metro records show.


Pennington Distilling captures awards

Pennington Distilling Co. has announced its various alcoholic beverage brands earned 12 national spirit tasting awards at three 2020 tasting competitions.

According to a release, the tasting competitions included the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Awards, the Beverage Tasting Institute/ Spirits Competition and the SIP Awards International Spirits Competition. 

The 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Awards drew the most awards for the Pennington brands. Walton’s Vodka and Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whisky both received the double gold medals, while Pickers Original Vodka and Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey Single Barrel received gold medals. Davidson Reserve Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey earned a silver medal. Genesis Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Whisper Creek Original Tennessee Sipping Cream placed with bronze medals. 

Pennington was founded in 2011 in Nashville by wife-and-husband team Jenny Pennington and Jeff Pennington. 

“Winning these awards is a huge honor for each of our brands,” the Penningtons said in the release. “We are very proud of our entire team who have worked hard to make Pennington Distilling Company and Nashville become known in the liquor business on a national stage.”


TailGate now offers waffle fries

Bellevue-area based TailGate Brewery has launched a new food menu in each of its three taprooms, with loaded waffle fries the featured item.

New specialty pizzas on the menu include past popular flavors like Hot Honey, Jamaican Jerk, BBQ Chicken and Bierfest Pizzas.

“The taprooms have always existed to showcase our beer, [but] this year we learned that the food component that we always really valued as a business, now was the difference between open or closed,” Wesley Keegan, TailGate's owner, said in a release. “We know that as our industry evolves, we have to too. Investing in the addition of waffle fries allows us to keep making TailGate taprooms better. We're absolutely thrilled to share these and some of our new pizza favorites.”

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