Fenwick’s 300 is the latest iteration of Bongo Java’s restaurant / coffee shop hybrids in Nashville. Taking on the diner aesethic, Bongo took the building known as Melrose Lanes, making sure to base the new, modern design off of the popular bowling alley which resided here in 1942 until 2005, and elevate it into the restaurant we have now.
When you come in, you’ll usually notice that this place doesn’t really ever slow down. Visiting on a Sunday, it was surprisingly less busy than expected, but any other time we’ve visited, it’s been at least an hour wait for brunch. Hours of operation are shorter than most restaurants in town, with Fenwick’s only open from 7AM to 2PM daily.
Layered with brick and large spheres of light strewn about, the mood is very inviting despite the number of people that pack it out each day. Open bar seating is first come, first serve, and there’s rarely a small spot to fit in there. The noise level can get pretty high, mainly due to the design and structure of the area, with a wide open space and curved bar for cocktail makers. FYI for freelancers: no wifi here, so make sure you’ve got a backup if you’re here to work.
While most of the restaurant is taken up by the dining area, over to the right when you walk in lies the real prize: the coffee bar. With two full espresso machines at his helm, head barista Edmond introduced himself to me as I walked over to try Bongo’s latest craze, Nitro Cold Brew.
If you’re not aware (but we’re sure you are), Nitro Cold Brew is the latest in coffee. In basic terms, Nitro is cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas is released through a pressurized valve with tiny holes. As high pressure forces the cold brew past a disc, it creates a creamy, stout-like effect. Imagine mixing the creamy nature of Guinness with cold brew coffee.
Serving Bongo’s signature 100% Organic Java, the Nitro Cold Brew at Fenwick’s is the first of its kind in the city of Nashville. Kegged by Switters, the local iced coffee brewery, coffee on tap is the next thing, and the creamy, smooth texture of the new signature blend adds a new dimenson to coffee we haven’t seen done before. The mixture accentuates dark chocolate notes, swirling together as the glass fills, and at a half pint for $3 and a full pint for $5, you know we got a double dose, with one to go.
If you haven’t tried Nitro yet, Fenwick’s is a perfect place to start, as well as our next featured shop, Honest Coffee. They’re the next place in town to start tapping Nitro, and we’ll be there for a taste soon. Fenwick’s 300 is located at 2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204.