‘You can feel it in the air around here’
By TOM WOOD
Donelson has always had its share of friendly neighborhood restaurants that served up good food and conversation.
But if you wanted to go someplace hip, hot or happening, that meant driving across town to one of Nashville’s trendier areas like East Nashville, Germantown, The Gulch, 12South or The Nations.
That’s no longer the case.
With locally owned Party Fowl, Nectar: Urban Cantina, Caliber Coffee Co. and Zulema’s Taqueria all opening in the last year, the heart of Donelson – a two-mile stretch off Lebanon Pike – is now a dining destination rather than afterthought.
“Donelson is heart healthy. It’s eaten its oatmeal,” says Austin Smith, who opened his third Party Fowl location in Donelson on Aug. 1. “I wouldn’t have invested this much in this community if I didn’t believe in it, and I always have believed in it.
“I see nothing but potential.”