Feb 5, 2024 - Food and Drink

Celebrated Nashville restaurant Locust announces major shake-up

Kakigori at Locust.

Kakigori at Locust. Photo: Katie Lewis/Axios

Everything is changing at Locust.

  • The acclaimed restaurant announced last week it would shelve its beloved dinner menu starting on March 1. Instead, they'll serve only dumplings and drinks at night.
  • Reservations will still be offered for lunch, when a bigger menu will be available. But later crowds coming for those dumplings will be walk-in only.

Why it matters: The restaurant's dinner service has become the center of the culinary universe in Nashville. Reservations evaporate almost immediately.

  • Locust has received rapturous acclaim from the New York Times and other national publications. Just last week, chef Trevor Moran was named a James Beard semifinalist.
  • The whimsical, and unexplained, shake-up is rocking the foodie scene.

What they're saying: Not much. The restaurant outlined the change in a brief Instagram post. Their PR team didn't say what is driving the switch.

  • "Why?" one commenter asked on Instagram.
  • "why not," Locust answered.

The intrigue: The Tennessean's food reporter Mackensy Lunsford wrote that the "irreverence with which they approach the idea of fine dining" is part of Locust's magic.

  • "It's a boisterous place to be that should be a great deal of fun to hang out in. ... And if switching to drinks and dumplings is going to help facilitate that? I'm all for it."

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