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Sandy damage will take longer than expected to reopen Nashville restaurants

Restaurant operators are still struggling to get back to normal after the Nashville restaurant scene was decimated by tornadoes last week.

NewsWhip conducted a survey of Nashville restaurant reviews, as well as anecdotal reports from diners. Restaurants in severe damage areas such as Little River and Spring Hill, Ga., are open, but those in Nashville’s Midtown area, much of which was flattened by the storms, are closed and closed indefinitely. “I’m a restaurant person,” said Jessi Merrill, who is in the culinary arts program at Nashville’s Kendall College, “and this is close to home.”

Reached by phone, each restaurant questioned by NewsWhip was noncommittal on when the locations would reopen. Jack’s Kitchen, which is still in the process of repairing some of its structures, won’t reopen, the restaurant’s owner, Ken Phillips, told NewsWhip. When asked if he would move to Opryland, Phillips responded, “I don’t think I’ll be running the whole place.”

“We’re working with the team and figuring out when we can reopen,” Brent Lancaster, whose Tennessee Bistro was also damaged by the storms, told NewsWhip. “It’s a fine line and it will take more time than we originally thought, but you know you have to expect the unexpected in this line of work.”

For the record, Nashville’s nonfast-food restaurants posted some of the best ratings in the country — a roster that includes: A Juniper Hill on Aubrey Street and One Olive Downtown.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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