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Cookeville’s West Side adds new restaurant, Seven Senses, to its portfolio

CBJ Admin
Thursday, May 2, 2013




COOKEVILLE - The historic West Side district of Cookeville has seen loads of change over the years, coming full circle from the premier merchant center of town back in the mid-1900s, then slowly digressing into a run-down, somewhat empty shopping area, and now fully revitalized today as one of the places to go for unique, locally owned retail and entertainment opportunities.

A new restaurant, Seven Senses Food & Cheer, is set to open in mid-May at 32 W. Broad (in the building where the former Pub 32 and Thomas Andrews restaurants were located). The husband and wife ownership team of Jay and Seanaree Albrecht plan to offer a full southern American menu, complete bar service and a steady diet of entertainment options to whet most any appetite.

“We believe our menu options will provide everyone with some new favorites – items you won’t typically find at other places in Cookeville,” said Seanaree Albrecht, who will be the restaurant’s general manager. “Jay and I are excited to add to the flavor of West Side and look forward to doing our part to help make West Side even more of an entertainment destination for locals.”

Another new dining option also recently opened on West Side, the Blue Rooster Canteen at 18 N. Cedar. This unique store offers prepared takeout food for guests interested in a new alternative to in-home dining.

Other mainstay restaurants on the West Side are making improvements heading into warmer months. Crawdaddy’s recently did kitchen and deck work to better serve customers, Father Tom’s Pub has built an outside deck to the side of its building, and WestSide Deli has expanded its evening hours and added beer to the menu.

West Side is also widely known for its annual events, such as the ever-popular Wine on the WestSide and the creative favorite Art Prowl. Wine on the WestSide has moved to evening hours this year to escape the heat and will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 5-10 p.m. Art Prowl is Nov. 8-9 and spans the various shops located in the district.

What would West Side be without retail? There are so many options to choose from, including antiques, books and, of course, clothes and related accessories. Most notably, the charitable Bless opened less than a year ago with resounding success and The Pink Pea is a new clothing store especially for girls.

Two primary driving forces helped spur West Side back to prominence – the nonprofit CityScape program and the area’s West Side Business Association. CityScape, which began in 1992, helped to establish direction and a funding source for Cookeville’s downtown region, including West Side, to revamp many building facades and generally create a more business-friendly atmosphere. The West Side Business Association is a group of business owners banded together to help organize events that draw traffic to the West Side district, as well as generate marketing and other initiatives for the benefit of the entire area.

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David
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM
One of my wife and my favorite new places on the Westside is The Back Room Bistro. They have some of the freshest, most unique food that I have had here in Cookeville. They also have an incredible all you can eat buffet brunch on Sundays. I would recommend it any time, they have terrific coffee and pastries too!
     
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