The tiny town of Nolensville has experienced nearly explosive growth in the last five years. Retail construction, new homes, new schools and great new restaurants have emerged and jazzed up the landscape. One such restaurant is Pork Belly Farmhouse. PBF opened on Nolensville Road in what used to be the McCord Family Farm and then eventually was intended to be an office building.
"That was challenging," says General Manager Kevin Crowley. "To go from shifting plans from an office to a restaurant. They are built very differently. When the owners saw the location and what was happening with the growth in Nolensville, it was a no-brainer. There's so much in Nashville right now, it just made sense to go to the outskirts."
The Pork Belly name may sound familiar. Owners Chris Chwirut and Kristian Morgan opened Pork Belly Cafe about four years ago in neighboring Lenox Village just down the road.
"The Cafe is basically counter service. You order at the counter, sit down and they bring you your food," Kevin says. "Pork Belly Farmhouse is more of an upscale sit-down dining experience."
And the menus are different as well.
"Farmhouse offers a restaurant entree kind of feel whereas the Cafe is fast-casual soups and panini sandwiches."
And the Pork Belly name will continue its expansion as plans are well underway for The Pork Belly Tipsy Pig in Carothers Farms in—you guessed it—Nolensville.
"It will be a taproom with a neighborhood watering hole kind of feel. It won't be the same as the Farmhouse or the Cafe. It will be a separate concept altogether," Kevin says.