After almost two years of operation, Emery Wood Fired took to Instagram last week to announce it will close its doors after one final service on February 18. Located at 2500 12th Ave. S., the 12 South destination sits between Urban Grub and Embers Ski Lodge and was known for its brunch service, craft cocktails, and elevated, contemporary American fare.
The news isn’t all sad, however, as the owners of the establishment have announced plans to reopen Nashville Street Taco in the space, giving the restaurant a new life as a more casual setting for tourists and locals alike to look forward to. Co-owners Steve Sargent, Steve and Alane Kovach, Jeff Greenlee, and Sasha Qualkenbush are behind the reopening.
The tentative timeline for Nashville Street Taco’s reopening is mid-March, according to reporting by the Nashville Business Journal. An exact grand opening date is forthcoming.
Nashville Taco Stand had a previous run downtown at 129 2nd Ave N. for two years and closed in 2016 after the building was sold. The business was loved by locals as one of the best taco joints in the city, and now eight years later, is finally making a comeback.
Sargent, who also owns The Stillery, originally told Eater when the 2nd Ave location closed that the ownership team was “playing around with a few ideas” and “have no intention of just killing the brand off.” Although it likely took longer than expected, 12 South can soon anticipate a classic menu of Mexican dishes and cocktails at an affordable price. The business has not yet created an official website, but appears to be posting teasers on its Facebook page.