The Nashville Farmers’ Market will hold what it’s calling its “grand reopening” on Friday, with eight restaurants and two shops inside its Market House welcoming customers following May’s flood.
Mayor Karl Dean will kick off the event at 10:45 a.m. The celebration will feature food sampling, coupons and live music, among other attractions.
According to Jolie Ayn Yockey, marketing director of the market, the restaurants have been gradually reopening over the past week. Two establishments — Swett’s Restaurant and Nashville Coffee & Co — decided not to reopen there.
While the outdoor produce vendor area of the farmers’ market reopened quickly after May’s flood, the interior Market House left Metro workers dealing with substantial flood-related damages.
The facility took on a foot and a half of water, and every wall inside had to be removed, including some storefronts. Floodwater also swamped the basement, home to an elevator and 14 walk-in coolers filled with food.