Cheekwood Frist Learning Center

Following a postponement earlier this summer, Cheekwood is set to unveil its latest renovation project that includes restored horse stables, updated art studios, a new gift shop and a fast-casual eatery.

The newly renovated Frist Learning Center is set to reopen to the public Thursday, August 23. 

What to know

The project includes a new café, additional meeting and retail space, refurbished art studios and classrooms as well as new interpretative areas that build upon the 1930s-era refurnishing of the Cheekwood Mansion.

Cheekwood’s Frist Learning Center has been under renovations since November. 

What's on the menu

Café 29, Cheekwood's new restaurant, will be operated by French-American bar and restaurant Sea Salt. You'll find a casual, made-to-order menu that includes soups, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, baked goods, coffee selections and alcoholic beverages.

Indoor and outdoor seating will be available in the café and the Frist Learning Center Courtyard. The café will also feature "picnics-to-go" that can be ordered from a pick-up window.

What they said

“The renovation of the Frist Learning Center marks the first of many initiatives to revitalize Cheekwood, made possible by The Cheekwood Campaign,” Jane MacLeod, president and CEO of Cheekwood, said in a release. “We are immensely thankful to The Frist Foundation for their generosity in providing critical funds for the historic restoration and renovated education spaces in the Learning Center, as well as enhanced amenities to meet the needs of our growing visitor base.”

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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