Tupelo Honey Coming to Cool Springs

Asheville’s iconic downtown restaurant, Tupelo Honey Cafe, will open a new location in the Meridian Cool Springs community in Franklin, TN, just south of Nashville. Projected opening is fall of 2015.

Tupelo Honey Cafe serves creative, Southern-inspired fare that’s fresh and made-from-scratch. Selecting from 15 fresh vegetable sides, you can customize your meal with the restaurant’s Sunday Supper Plate with such choices as Buttermilk Fried Chicken or Pan-Seared Carolina Mountain Trout.

Small plates include such items as Tennessee Country Ham Wontons, Macaroni and Cheese with Blackened Shrimp and Herbed Lamb Meat Balls with a Tomato Curry Sauce. The restaurant’s signature Sweet Potato Pancake with Peach Butter is available all the time.

In addition to classic Southern entrees – such as Chef Brian’s Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits and Nutty Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy — Tupelo Honey offers a signature brunch on Saturday and Sunday featuring their famous Queen Mary Bloody Mary and Fresh Orange Mimosas.

The restaurant has a full bar featuring 40 craft beer taps including local favorites from Yazoo Brewing, Tennessee Brew Works and Black Abbey Brewing Company. Local distillers – the restaurant’s signature cocktail will spotlight Prichard’s Distillery – will also be featured. All cocktails are made-from-scratch, using house-made mixers and syrups developed using only fresh ingredients.

The 7,000 square foot restaurant will seat approximately 150 inside with an additional 50 seats on the patio. The outside area will feature soft seating conducive to all sorts of gatherings – from intimate to convivial. The interior space includes an open kitchen and a full bar.

“We’ve been looking in Middle Tennessee for some time,” said Tupelo Honey Cafe CEO Steve Frabitore. “The Meridian Cool Springs development is the perfect spot for us.”

Meridian Cool Springs is a 60-acre mixed-use community including over 70,000 square feet of retail space as well as offices, restaurants and two hotels. The focus of the development is pedestrian friendly activity within its lush landscaping, offering sidewalks and public bocce courts as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tupelo Honey to Meridian Cool Springs” said Kristin Cales, marketing director for Boyle Investment Company which developed and manages Meridian Cool Springs. “Tupelo Honey’s presence will no doubt be met with great enthusiasm not only among our Meridian tenants and customers but all of Nashville as well, with their reputation for Southern comfort cuisine.”

Tupelo Honey Cafe opened in downtown Asheville, NC, in 2000. The restaurant now has a second Asheville location as well as locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City, TN; Greenville and Myrtle Beach, SC; and Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. New restaurants will open in Arlington and Virginia Beach, VA, also in 2015.

Individuals interested in employment at the Cool Springs location can apply on-line at www.tupelohoneycafe.com/careers The restaurant will employ approximately 140 people.