Restaurant, small business boom heads east to Donelson

‘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.

The Party Fowl sign is a Lebanon Pike beacon at night

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.”

I visited a number of Donelson restaurants and establishments in researching this story, including Fletcher’s Pizza, Phat Bites and Mill Creek Mercantile. Support local businesses!

The outdoor area at Nectar: Urban Cantina

The entrance to Caliber Coffee Co. Love the iced coffee and scones.

Dalton Fletcher is busy getting pizza to customers.

Phat Bites is open from breakfast and late into the night.

Mill Creek Mercantile is across from Nectar, a cool new shop.

Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market is popular with residents.

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