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Owner hopes to use new restaurant to connect with North Nashville community

Daiquiri and Cajun restaurant coming to Buchanan Street
Posted: 3:16 PM, Sep 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 20:56:54-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new daiquiri bar and Cajun food restaurant is coming to North Nashville.

Owner of Willie B's Daiquiri Bar and Kitchen, Christopher Jones, said he plans to open his business at 918 Buchanan Street by late-December.

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Jones told NewsChannel 5, he chose to have his business in an area he hopes to connect with the community.

"I just felt like it was a good place for me as a new business owner in this field to come and learn from the community and grow together with the community. We will have oysters, fresh seafood, smoked seafood," he said.

The 3,700 square-foot building will hold about 220 people. The restaurant is the former Hair World building across from Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria and a block away from cocktail bar Minerva Avenue.

What is catching the attention of people in the community is the 30-foot long wall of daiquiris Jones said the bar will have.

"So we just wanted to bring a different atmosphere where people can come watch games, have good food and have a different flavor level of drinks. We will have several different daiquiris at all times. No one else in the city will have that," he said.

Jones is no stranger to feeding the community. For four years, he served up Cajun-style cuisine and chicken wings out of his food truck in Nashville.

He said his love for food and cooking comes from his grandmother Willie B. Walls.

"My grandmother, Willie B. Walls, was the first person to actually tell me 'I'm not going to cook you nothing, go fix it yourself,' and she showed me how to cook and towards the end when she passed of cancer she couldn't do for herself. That was my true bonding moment with her because she also had amnesia she couldn't remember me but she would be like 'that tastes good'". So that put the passion in me to cook because that was my lasting memory of what would make her smile," Jones said.

Jones is currently looking to hire servers and a kitchen staff. Anyone interested can e-mail info@thewilliebs.com