It’s hard to believe, but it’s now been over 15 months since news was first confirmed that St. Louis chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft would be bringing casual Italian restaurant Pastaria to Nashville’s oneC1TY. In that time, there have been few updates on the project, with some wondering whether it would still become a reality.
But Eater caught up with Craft this week, who says that “it is finally an active project” and on track for a mid-July opening: “Getting everyone on the same page, myself, our contractors, etc., took much longer than expected, but they’re swinging hammers now, it’s moving forward.”
Craft also revealed that after several successful pop-ups last year, they will be doing a longer semi-permanent pop-up at oneC1TY prior to the restaurant’s summer opening. A small kitchen is being built for his team’s mobile wood-fired pizza oven, and starting sometime in May they will be running a seven-day-a-week pizzeria of sorts, along with a small bar, in conjunction with the Nashville Sports League, another tenant at the Midtown development. Craft says that a selection of pastry chef Mathew Rice’s gelato will also be available.
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