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

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Middle Tennessee hospital leaders project 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations by next week

With Thanksgiving just days away, hospital leaders are urging residents to forego holiday gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus as case numbers and hospitalizations rise.

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Graceworks Ministries Inc., One Generation Away to hold mobile food pantry events Nov. 21

Registration is not required for either event, and food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are a number of options where residents can shop locally during the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
GUIDE: 18 places to find holiday gifts in Franklin, Brentwood

The holiday shopping season is here, and it is more important than ever this year to shop locally.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Middle and high schools in Williamson County Schools to go remote for 1 week after Thanksgiving break

Over the last two weeks, 23 out of 49 campuses in the district have already transitioned to remote learning.

Blood Assurance is holding weekly blood drives every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Williamson Medical Center calling for community to donate blood amid shortage

According to WMC, when Blood Assurance experiences a shortage, it can usually call on other blood centers for help. However, all blood centers are now experiencing shortages. 

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district. (Courtesy Fotolia)
10 new schools, additions and more: Williamson County School approves 2020-26 5-year plan

The bulk of the plan is $305 million in funding for new schools to add capacity for additional students throughout the district.

The company launched in the Greater Nashville area in September. (Courtesy Medical House Calls)
Medical House Calls now serving Franklin area

The company specializes in urgent care and other medical visits in the patient’s home for an annual flat fee.

Williamson County Schools is raising its substitute pay rates to help attract more teachers to the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools approves pay raise for substitute teachers as staffing shortage continues

The district requires individuals to have a high school diploma and additional training from the district once they are hired, according to district staff.

(Courtesy Fotolia)
See key dates from Williamson County Schools' approved 2021-22 calendar

Superintendent Jason Golden said the calendar is usually approved later in the year; however, district officials wanted to give parents more notice and time to plan.

Masks are required in Williamson County through at least Dec. 29. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools officials express concern over postholiday COVID-19 rise

As families prepare for the holidays, local officials are preparing for the effect gatherings may have on the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Active coronavirus cases reach all-time high in Williamson County

More than 240 active cases were added to the county's total in the past 24 hours, according to Tennessee Department of Health data.