248 Is Nashville's dining scene saturated? | The Tennesseean

The Nashville area has gained 490 restaurants since 2010. But how much is too much?

When Arnold Myint’s family broke into the Nashville restaurant business in the 1970s, there was no “it city” moniker, no James Beard awards and barely any food scene at all...

“About five years ago we got all this national attention with 'it city' and the TV show. I think everyone thought they could come here, put their name on a restaurant, make some investment and it was going to be a home run. Ten years ago that was the case, maybe even five years ago. Today, that is definitely not the case,” said Sam Reed of Reed Hospitality Group, which owns Sinema and decided in November to close casual seafood restaurant The Hook.

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