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Trevor Moran’s Dumpling Den and Fluffy, Icy Kakigori Destination Locust Arrives at Last

Eater logo Eater 10/26/2020 Delia Jo Ramsey

Locust, the long-awaited casual dumpling-focused 12 South restaurant from former Catbird Seat chef Trevor Moran and Strategic Hospitality, will officially open on Thursday, October 29.

a plate of food and a cup of coffee: A bowl of Moran’s cold “numby noodles from hell” © Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville A bowl of Moran’s cold “numby noodles from hell”

To start, the dumpling den, hand-cut noodle house, and kakigori (Japanese-style shaved ice) spot will open only its patio for guests — a 30-seat heated outdoor space that lines 12th Avenue South for ultimate people watching. Open for walk-ins and accepting reservations on Tock, Locust will serve Japanese beer a selection of highballs and sake options from GM and sake sommelier Kynsey Hunter.

a plate of food and a cup of coffee: Hot and crispy dumplings © Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville Hot and crispy dumplings

The small opening menu offers steamed dumplings with chili oil, crispy dumplings, and build-your-own “numby noodles from hell” — which come with adult and kid-friendly instruction sheets.

a close up of a sign: Build-your-own “numby noodles from hell” come with adult and kid-friendly instruction sheets. © Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville Build-your-own “numby noodles from hell” come with adult and kid-friendly instruction sheets.

The opening menu also features charcoal-roasted oysters in chili butter.

a bowl of food on a plate on a table: Charcoal-roasted oysters in chili butter © Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville Charcoal-roasted oysters in chili butter

There are two fluffy, icy kakigori offerings: almond with a side of cherry sauce or chocolate, salted caramel, and passionfruit.

a close up of a plate of food and a cup of coffee: Almond kakigori with a side of cherry sauce © Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville Almond kakigori with a side of cherry sauce
a piece of chocolate cake on a plate © Provided by Eater

A number of local makers helped create the space — including Arbol Woodworking, Heavy Fencing Company, Grills by Demant, DAAD, Lankford Decorating and Construction, and Resting State Design.

Locust is located at 2305 12th Avenue South and will be open Thursday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The dining room, which seats 44 people, will open soon.

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