9 new eateries that opened in Franklin, Brentwood this summer

Vui's Kitchen features a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including small bites, entrees and desserts. (Community Impact staff)
Vui's Kitchen features a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including small bites, entrees and desserts. (Community Impact staff)

Vui's Kitchen features a variety of Vietnamese dishes, including small bites, entrees and desserts. (Community Impact staff)

Several new eateries opened this summer in the Franklin and Brentwood areas. Take a look to see which new spots you may have missed.

Franklin




  • Curio Brewing Company opened in July at 216 Noah Drive, Franklin, in the former location of Mill Creek Brewing Company. The coffee shop and taproom offers specialty coffee drinks and house-made cold-brew coffee as well as a selection of craft beer on tap. Curio Brewing Company also offers growler fills and bags of coffee to go. www.curiobrewing.com

  • A new brick-and-mortar location of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is now open in McEwen Northside at 4031 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin. The scoop shop opened in mid-August and offers a wide variety of ice cream flavors, including Gooey Butter Cake, Milkiest Chocolate, Salty Caramel and Savannah Buttermint. Jeni’s now operates seven locations in the Greater Nashville area, including one in The Factory at Franklin and one in Hill Center Brentwood. www.jenis.com

  • Just Love Coffee Cafe opened July 13 at 4031 Aspen Grove Drive, Ste. 138, Franklin in the McEwen Northside development. The coffee shop offers a selection of specialty coffee drinks using freshly-roasted coffee beans as well as a breakfast lunch and dinner menu. www.justlovecoffeecafe.com/mcewen

  • Panda Express opened earlier this summer at 2430 Goose Creek Bypass, Franklin. The fast-casual eatery is known for its orange chicken as well as its beef and shrimp entrees. While dine-in service is not yet available, according to the Panda Express website, takeout, delivery and drive-thru services are open. 626-206-9386. www.pandaexpress.com

  • Poke Bros. opened a new restaurant in the Cool Springs area at 430 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 110, Franklin, on July 23, according to a social media post from the company. The fast-casual eatery offers healthy poke, or sushi in a bowl, and currently operates over 30 restaurants across the Midwest and the East Coast. 615-435-3451. www.eatpokebros.com

  • The Boilery Seafood & Grill opened in July at 545 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 195, Franklin. The eatery offers fresh seafood dishes, including crab, shrimp, crawfish, lobster and crab, as well as burgers, steak, fish and sandwiches. The Boilery also features a raw bar and seafood boils in which each order is custom-made with a choice of meat, sauce and spices. 615-567-6853. www.theboileryseafood.com

  • Vui’s Kitchen opened its fourth location July 1 at 1201 Liberty Pike, Franklin. The eatery, which also operates three locations in the Nashville area, offers fresh Vietnamese options, including pork belly bao buns; banh mi sandwiches; and rice and noodle bowls. 615-567-5962. www.vuiskitchen.com



Brentwood




  • Pies by Gigi opened Aug. 31 at 330 Franklin Road, Ste. 906D, Brentwood. The bakery, founded by Gigi Butler, offers a variety of baked goods, including scones, breads, quiches, and specialty sweet and savory pies. Take-home meals, such as casseroles and pasta dishes, are also available. The menu includes gluten-friendly and vegan options. Butler founded Gigi’s Cupcakes in the Middle Tennessee area; she also operates Meals by Gigi, which launched earlier this year. http://piesbygigi.com

  • Peace, Love and Little Donuts opened in early June at 213 Franklin Road, Ste. 120, Brentwood. The eatery offers a wide selection of specialty doughnuts in a variety of flavors, such as apple pie, cherry cheesecake, Oreo, maple bacon and lemon blueberry. The shop also offers fresh-brewed coffee from Frothy Monkey. 615-964-7995. www.peaceloveandlittledonuts.com




By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


MOST RECENT

Lipscomb Elementary School was named a 2020 recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School Award. (Courtesy Williamson County Schools)
Lipscomb Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

According to WCS, this year marks the 13th time a school in the district has received the award. 

Sugar Drop will move to a new location on Franklin Road. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sugar Drop to relocate to Franklin Road

The party and baking supply store offers a selection of decorations, sprinkles, baking pans and accessories as well as ready-made baked goods such as cakes and cookies. 

The site is near the Williamson County Ag Expo Center along Long Lane in Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper
Ladd Park residents express concerns over proposed hockey complex near Long Lane in Franklin

Earlier this summer, plans were presented to the public for the new, 25.17-acre Long Lane Sports Complex, set to be located at Long Lane in Franklin.

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district will announce a schedule next week for parents to decide how they want their students to learn next semester. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Williamson County Schools to survey parents on learning preferences for next semester

WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said the district will announce a schedule next week for parents to decide how they want their students to learn next semester.

Communication Director Carol Birdsong and Superintendent Jason Golden discussed the asynchronous pilot program during a livestream event Sept. 22. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Williamson County School testing asynchronous program to give teachers more planning, training time

District officials have said they may schedule more asynchronous days throughout the school year, depending on how the pilot program goes.

Active cases numbers in the county have remained largely stable. (Community Impact staff)
COVID-19 cases dip in Williamson County plus more local news

Read the latest news from Williamson County and Franklin Special School District.

Sal’s Family Pizza is located at 595 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 311, Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin pizzeria adds outdoor dining and more local news

Read the latest business and community news from Franklin and Brentwood.

Williamson County school districts working to address COVID-19 learning loss

Compounded with school closures from the coronavirus, education experts predict losses in learning could be higher than average this year.

Active cases numbers in the county have remained largely stable. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County coronavirus cases down 3% from last week

Active cases numbers in the county have remained largely stable.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District compare to neighboring districts, state data

Our special Public Education Edition takes a look at districtwide data in Williamson County.

Sal’s Family Pizza is located at 595 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 311, Franklin. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sal's Family Pizza in Franklin adds outdoor seating

Just in time for fall weather, Sal's has added outdoor seating to its eatery on Hillsboro Road.