NASHVILLE (June 4, 2014) –  SoBro’s burgeoning restaurant scene continues to thrive with the addition of a new yet familiar name that once shook up Nashville.  Bakersfield, a restaurant inspired by and celebrating the 1950s-60s rebel era of country music that brought us legends such as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, is slated to open in the street-level retail space of Encore—the mixed-use condominium at 301 Demonbreun Street.  Offering authentic Mexican street-style tacos and over 100 different types of tequilas and American whiskeys, this will be the fourth location for Bakersfield which will join restaurants Etch and The Farm House at Encore.

Bakersfield was opened in 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio by restaurateurs John Lanni, Joe Lanni and Alex Blust, and since then has received notoriety for its slogan “Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey”, a combination of Mexican street-style food—tacos, tortas and salads—with a chef-driven flair and its impressive collection of tequilas and bourbons that give authenticity to the Bakersfield sound era vibe. The gritty and unpolished sound emerged from Bakersfield, California, and was a reaction to the heavily produced popular country music coming out of Nashville at the time.   

“Nashville is a natural fit for Bakersfield,” said John Lanni. “It’s the epicenter of country music, and the people here understand the impact the Bakersfield era made on the future of country music. More importantly, this city likes to have a good time, and that’s what Bakersfield is really all about.”

The 3,989-square foot space is currently under construction. Garage doors will frame the restaurant and open up to a patio to create an open feel. The interior will feature concrete counter tops and a beautifully back-lit bar. While the restaurant will not feature live music, the rock ‘n roll sounds of Bakersfield classics and those inspired by the era will fill the room from open to close. Both the kitchen and bar will remain open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, a convenient late-night dining option for people who are out and about downtown.

With the Bakersfield lease, Encore’s retail space is 82 percent occupied, according to Austin Benedict of Colliers International in Nashville, who manages commercial leasing for the building owners.  “The addition of Bakersfield is exciting for Encore,” Benedict said. “Between the success of Etch and The Farm House, and now the arrival of Bakersfield, SoBro is living up to its role as one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods for new restaurants and retail.”

Bakersfield is slated to open at the end of 2014, and also has locations in Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis. To learn more about Bakersfield, visit its Facebook page at

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