Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Fraport USA recently announced plans for the new concessions program and welcomed anticipated operators – a roster that will celebrate the best of Nashville. Included on this list are quite a few Williamson County favorites, which are listed below.
Fraport USA is leading the development and management of 133,000 square feet of concessions space at BNA starting this month through January 2029. For the airport’s 16 million annual passengers, the reimagined program will emphasize local flavor and flare.
The program will include over 90 new locations of food and beverage, specialty retail, passenger services, news and gifts, and amenities. In addition, Fraport says they will be bringing “street pricing” to BNA meaning travelers will pay no more for goods at the airport’s concessions than they would at a comparable location.
Here are the Williamson County restaurants opening in the Nashville airport.
1. Biscuit Love
Biscuit Love, started serving biscuits out of a food truck in 2012 in Franklin. Since then, their great food has become known across the Middle Tennessee area and they opened a brick and mortar location in Nashville in 2015, shutting down their food truck. Finally, in 2018, Biscuit Love returned to downtown Franklin opening in the former Lillie Belle’s location.
2. Hattie B’s
Although Hattie B’s locations are in Nashville, Hattie B’s has a Williamson County connection. Hattie B’s was formed by a father-son team, Nick Bishop Sr and Nick Bishop Jr. After retiring, Bishop Sr opened Bishop’s Meat and Three in Franklin. Nick worked in the family restaurant and one thing led to another and in 2012, they opened their first Hattie B’s in Midtown Nashville.
3. I Love Juice Bar
John and Vui Hunt opened the first I Love Juice Bar in Brentwood in a little white house. Serving plant-based, gluten-free, organic when possible, and they always use 100% whole fruits and vegetables from scratch in their juices. Other items on the menu include smoothies, soups, smoothies bowls, and lunch items. In addition to the Brentwood location, there are locations in Franklin, Spring Hill, and Nashville.
4. La Hacienda
La Hacienda opened back in 1992 by Mr & Mrs.Yepez who moved to Nashville from California. The couple opened a Mexican Market on Nolensville Road with a taco stand. They now have restaurant locations in Nashville and Franklin.
5. Local Taco
Local Taco opened its first location in Brentwood with expansion to Nashville, Huntsville, and Bowling Green, Ky. What you will find is an eclectic and unique restaurant that embraces the simple pleasures of Tex-Mex, cuisine, the traditions and character of Southern food culture, and distinct flavors of the communities in which it resides. Nothing goes better with their variety of tacos than a margarita.
6. Martin’s BBQ
Rooted in the tradition of whole-hog barbecue, Martin’s is known for their low-and-slow cooked barbecue, made fresh every single day. Pit master Pat Martin learned the art and craft of West Tennessee-style smoke and meat 25 years ago in Henderson, Tennessee, before making Nashville his home. It became a consuming passion that eventually led to the first Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in October of 2006 in Nolensville, Tenn. Today, there are six locations, including the newest in Spring Hill.
7. Puckett’s Grocery
With locations in downtown Franklin, Nashville, Columbia, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, the Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn.
When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café is headquartered in Birmingham, AL and currently has 85 locations in 17 states with several in Williamson County. The recipes are all made fresh and inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. On the menu, it features freshly grilled meats, original sauces and healthy side dishes. Taziki’s is open for lunch and dinner, offers take-out as well as catering for events large and small.
9. White’s Mercantile
Opening on Main Street in downtown Franklin back in 2015, this is the second location for singer/songwriter Holly Williams. There’s also a location in Leipers Fork and on 12th South in Nashville. Williams describes her store as a “general store for the modern day taste tester” with hand curated items selected by Williams herself.