1016 Woodland in East Nashville will now be occupied by 5 Points Diner and Bar, WOW Hospitality Group announced. The nearly 4,500 square foot restaurant will slowly open to the public on Saturday.
While Nashville natives Rick Ryan and Steven Murff pored over the concept of the restaurant for a decade, its execution was swift.
“We did this very, very quickly. We closed the building on February 28. So in less than three months we are opening,” Ryan said. “We started with the menu and just tossed around a few ideas.”
The 5 Points Diner menu is the creation of high school friends turned accomplished chefs Jonathan Duncan and Dylan Valentine of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.
Potential menu favorites include burgers such as Smokehouse Burger, Pizza Pie Burger, and Smashville Blue Burger. Starters range from chicken pesto cavatappi to blackened salmon. For lighter bites, various salads and interesting appetizers like Pork Pot Stickers and Tabasco Fried Pickles will be available. Ice cream, cake, apple fritters or pudding can be ordered for dessert.
Ryan explained how 5 Points Diner will embody an elevated version of the classic American sports bar and restaurant, citing the Duplex Diner in Washington, DC, as one of his sources of inspiration: ‘We try to put our own spin on the word’ dinner’. It’s not the typical restaurant, but we will be inspired by the restaurant. »
As for the mystery word written on the windows of the 5 Points Diner – “Frunch” – it is a combination of the words “Friday brunch”.
There will be separate happy hours to the late night menus Monday through Thursday. However, on weekends, expect a conceptual change. A frunch will be served every Friday and Saturday, and an all-day brunch can be scheduled every Sunday. “The brunches will be very festive. We will have a DJ. Bottomless mimosas. Crazy drinks. Music. It’s always going to be a bit high energy,” Ryan explained.
During brunches, one can try to finish a “meal in a cup” called the Hot Chicken Bloody Mary. Served in a “huge goblet” with hot chicken tenders and more, this will be a hearty treat for two or three people who are up for a challenge.
The upbeat environment is energized by the hip-hop and pop beats of Beyoncé, Outkast and Gwen Stefani. It will also house the “Rainbow Loft” bar in a space reserved for “VIPs”. Dinner will include a full bar with specialty cocktails and a decent wine list.
“We wanted it to be quite accessible,” said general manager Travis Krothe. “The underlying idea is that we didn’t want anyone looking at the menu and having to ask what an ingredient is.”
On tap – all 14 of them – are local beers.
“We have Monday Night, which they have a brewery in Germantown. We have Yazoo, we have Tennessee Brew Works,” Krothe said. “I really wanted everyone who came in and had a beer to be able to tell them where the brewery was and to be able to go and check it out. We know it will be super local.
A partnership with Good Citizen Coffee, based in southeast Nashville, has also been established. Good Citizen will brew cold brew on tap for 5 Diner Points. An additional partner, Bongo Java, will make espresso for the espresso martinis.
In keeping with the theme of local representation, the mural by Nashville artist Stephen Sloan will occupy the wall space of the 5 Points Diner. In the middle of the masterpiece will be the nostalgic image of a woman wearing a golden veil and diamonds in her hair.
On the other side of the mural will be a collection of framed pictures named “Lala” which was put together by art curators – all women – who collected the images from estate sales and thrift stores in Nashville, Asheville and Pittsburgh. The eclectic art can be classed as perfect conversation pieces for the lively and social atmosphere of 5 Points Diner.
5 Points Diner offers an Uber and Lyft program for intoxicated customers who need a ride home.
“We’re all excited to be involved in some way in an area,” Krothe concluded. ” We are ready. We are ready to roll.