Three local coffee industry veterans have been working for the past year to create a space for customers to enjoy coffee, food and alcoholic beverages all under one roof.
Stay Golden, a full-service restaurant and roastery on Sidco Drive in Berry Hill, serves unique coffees and cocktails as well as menu items suitable for breakfast and late lunch or early dinner crowds.
“We wanted Stay Golden to be a place where people can find everything they want in a restaurant without sacrificing quality,” Stay Golden Director of Operations Jamie Cunningham said. “We’ve seen people come order coffee in the morning, do some work and stay for lunch.”
The restaurant’s founding trio—Cunningham, Nathanael Mehrens and Sean Stewart—has more than three decades of combined experience with ties to locally owned coffee shops.
“We all bring our own unique skills to the table, and I think that’s what makes the concept so different from other places in town,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham said the team set out to open a dining concept that is equal parts restaurant, coffee shop and cocktail bar.
“If you want to meet a friend for coffee and a meal, you may find that a restaurant has really great food, but gives less attention to its coffee,” Cunningham said. “On the other hand, food can be an afterthought at coffee shops. It’s rare to find a place that does both really well.”
For the breakfast crowd, Executive Chef Simoni Kigweba crafted specialty items, such as avocado toast, chilaquiles and short rib hash as well as takes on egg sandwiches and other items. The lunch menu features a roasted chicken sandwich, a burger and various salads.
Stay Golden’s flagship location in Berry Hill includes an on-site coffee roastery and a training lab where customers can catch a glimpse of the action through a glass window.
The restaurant, which celebrated its first anniversary in August, expanded to East Nashville in December 2018. Cunningham said while he expects the company to keep growing, the team is focused on the current two locations.
“We knew from the beginning we wanted to have multiple locations,” Cunningham said. “We’ve learned a lot during the first year in business, and we want to perfect those things before exploring other options.”
2934 Sidco Drive, Ste. 130, Nashville
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.