Why Pinewood Social Rocks

Dated: 01/25/2014

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by T.J. Anderson

I was a little dubious about Pinewood Social at first. It seemed almost too good to be true--coffee shop! bar! restaurant! karaoke! bowling alley with vintage lanes!--and the hype has been so immediate and widespread since the December 2013 opening of the 13,00 square foot space. (Just today, The Huffington Post named it one of 22 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now.) I wondered if Pinewood Social was trying to be too many things at once? Would it feel too L.A.? Too exclusive? 
I'm so relieved to say that I was able to check all of my reservations at the door because Pinewood Social is just plain awesome. It somehow manages to be all of the things it proclaims to be--to seamlessly serve all of those entertainment purposes. And there's even promise of more! Come Spring 2014, Pinewood Social will open an outdoor courtyard with a SWIMMING POOL, a pool bar operating out of an Airstream trailer, bocce ball, and cabana-style seating. I mean. 
Even the location seems to be accommodating of everyone, situated as it is in Rolling Mill Hill, where east Nashville, west Nashville, and downtown Nashville seem to intersect. 

The space is the work of brothers, entrepreneurs, and earlythirtysomethings Max and Benjamin Goldberg, owners of Strategic Hospitality, which was also behind Patterson House and The Catbird Seat, among other Nashville hotspots. According to their website, "Pinewood Social is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night. Think of us as a comfortable place to work with a cup of coffee in the morning or a casual lunch with a co-worker. Think of us as a place to meet friends for cocktails and dinner. Think of us as a place to play, whether that means bowling or singing karaoke."
The Pinewood Social menu, which includes breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner--the kitchen remains open until 1 a.m.--is the work of Chef Josh Habiger, who has cooked at The Fat Duck, Alinea, and most recently at The Catbird Seat. It's American-style food with some creative twists. I loved the kale caesar salad and the grilled cheeseburger. (The Nashville Scene recently gave the food a stellar review.) And the coffee bar set up right at the entrance to Pinewood is done by the folks at Crema, just down the road from Pinewood Social. The cocktail menu, too, comes from someone of local pedigree--Matt Tocco, formerly of The Patterson House and who was most recently the bar manager at Rolf & Daughters. 
Want to learn more about the Goldberg brothers? We loved this piece on them in Inc. Yep--more national press love! 
Have you been already? I want to know what you thought about Pinewood Social! Tell me in the comments. 
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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