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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Nashville

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Nashville, Tenn.

BY WORTH | Destinations | May 14, 2019
Mockingbird Nashville. Photo by Emily Dorio

Nashville, Tenn. was named one of Worth‘s 12 most dynamic cities in America in 2018.

Business 

Warner Music Nashville

Since its founding in 2009 as part of the expansion plan of Warner Music Group, Warner Music Nashville has signed country music power players such as Hunter Hayes and Brett Eldredge. It’s poised to bring 175 new jobs to the city in the next year thanks to a new financial services division. 20 Music Square E., 615.748.8000, warnermusicnashville.com

Citizen Kitchens

Dubbing itself a “food business incubator,” Citizen Kitchens is a culinary one-stop shop for local food entrepreneurs by providing access to licensed kitchen space, storage, commercial equipment and sales and business support—for a small fee. A second location is set to open in Nashville in early 2018. 4611 Alabama Ave., citizenkitchens.com

Jumpstart Foundry

This locally based healthcare innovation fund supports early-stage healthcare companies across the U.S. It has now partnered with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center for an initiative to make Nashville a hub for healthcare entrepreneurs. 604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211, 615.810.9316, jsf.co

Hotels

Noelle

Southern charm meets 1930s Art Deco in this classic Printers Alley hotel. The Music City’s evolution over the past half-century is reflected in Noelle’s emergence as a hub for the New South’s creative community. 200 4th Ave. N., 615.649.5000, noelle-nashville.com

Thompson Nashville

Opened in 2016 in the Gulch, the 224-room Thompson Nashville offers unique local touches like vinyl on loan from Jack White’s Third Man Records, and bespoke jeans that guests can order from Imogene + Willie and have fitted in their rooms. 401 11th Ave. S., nashvillereservations@thompson hotels.com, 615.262.6000, thompsonhotels.com

21c Nashville

Housed in the Gray & Dudley Building that was constructed in 1900, 21c is both a 124-room hotel and a 10,500-square-foot contemporary art museum. Guided docent tours of current exhibitions are offered every Wednesday and Friday. 221 2nd Ave. N., 615.610.6400, 21cmuseumhotels.com/nashville

Restaurants

Folk

Philip Krajeck, chef/owner of the widely acclaimed Rolf and Daughters, opened this highly anticipated pizza-centric local hangout last April. The menu features a variety of sophisticated takes on classics, such as lamb meatballs and clams, sopressata and fermented potatoes on pizza. 823 Meridian St., 615.610.2595, mopizza@goodasfolk.com, goodasfolk.com

Henrietta Red

Offering a simple, fresh menu of contemporary dishes, this Germantown restaurant focuses on changeable, vegetable-based cuisine. With a variety of seafood, an oyster bar and a curated cocktail menu, it’s the perfect place for a dinner for two. If you’d like a more customized experience, there’s a private dining space and elegant event services available. 1200 4th Ave. N., 615.490.8042, henriettared.com

The Mockingbird Nashville

Two master chefs’ vision—a sophisticated, upscale version of the American diner—has become a hub of activity in Nashville. Chef Maneet Chauhan, of Chauhan Ale & Masala House, together with Partner and Executive Chef Brian Riggenbach and Partner and General Manager Mikey Corona have created a menu inspired by a classic diner, giving comfort food an elegant and refined twist. 121A 12th Ave. N., 615.741.9900, info@mockingbirdnashville.com, mockingbirdnashville.com

Prince’s Hot Chicken

If you’re looking to try some real, authentic Nashville cuisine, Prince’s is a must. The historic joint has been around for nearly 100 years, and its signature dish is hot (read spicy) chicken. It’s one of the best meals in town, so don’t miss out on this famed down-home cuisine. 123 Ewing Drive, #3, 615.226.9442, princeshotchicken.com

Experiences

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Since debuting in 2001, the Frist has maintained a top spot in the evolving local visual arts scene. Current and upcoming exhibits include: State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now and Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art. 919 Broadway, mail@fristcenter.org, 615.244.3340, fristcenter.org

Grand Ole Opry

Having been housed in six different venues including the Ryman Auditorium and finally the Grand Ole Opry House, the Opry is an institution of American music that’s going strong after 90 years. See a show or book a backstage tour and prepare to witness a part of history. 2804 Opryland Drive, 800.733.6779, opry.com

The Standard at the Smith House

Built in the 1840s, the Smith House has been reinvented, and now it’s a private club, cigar bar and live events space catering to high net worth individuals. Though it’s members only (with a $3,300 yearly fee), nonmembers are free to dine in the restaurant. 167 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., 615.254.1277, smithhousenashville.com

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