The Food Biz: Urban Grub taking shape with eclectic coastal menu

Pennington creation to join Edley’s as next two 12South eateries

Published November 6, 2011 by Dana Kopp Franklin

The dynamic 12South neighborhood is seeing one of the busiest seasons ever for its restaurant scene, with three openings expected in quick succession. Just three weeks ago, chef Jeremy Barlow opened his Sloco gourmet sandwich shop in the 12th and Paris complex. Now we learn that two more restaurants are preparing to open along the funky 12th Avenue strip.

Most dramatic to the eye is Urban Grub, a new venture from one of Nashville’s most prominent restaurateurs, Jay Pennington. He has a couple of major credits to his name, starting with co-founding the groundbreaking Bound’ry back in the ’90s, along with its sister restaurant South Street. (He’s no longer involved with those businesses). Currently, Pennington is co-owner of the poular mini-chain The Local Taco, with locations in Sylvan Park, Brentwood and most recently, Lexington, Ky.

For Urban Grub, Pennington and his business partner….  read more