New! Café 29

New! Café 29

Officially opening to the public on August 23, the new Café 29 at Cheekwood will be operated by French-American bar and restaurant Sea Salt. The café is located inside the newly restored Frist Learning Center Courtyard, and will be open during Cheekwood’s operating hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, and will offer a casual, made-to-order menu including soups, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, baked goods, a children’s menu, snacks, coffee selections and alcoholic beverages.

Café 29 Hours

Tuesday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*The café will remain open during Cheekwood’s extended hours for public programming. The cafe is accessible with a Cheekwood membership or general admission ticket.

Café 29 Menu

*Menu items subject to change.

About Café 29 

Indoor and outdoor seating will be available in the café and the Frist Learning Center Courtyard. The café will also feature picnics to go with a convenient pick-up window. With sustainability top of mind, the café will use locally-sourced ingredients, and serve food in recyclable or compostable packaging.

Café 29’s coffee drinks will feature the original Maxwell House coffee blend, a tribute to the coffee that helped create Cheekwood. Leslie Cheek, who ran his family’s wholesale grocery distribution C. T. Cheek & Sons, had invested in his cousin Joel Cheek’s Maxwell House business. Upon its 1928 sale for $45 million, Leslie’s already existing fortune expanded. A vibrant display of historic imagery and interpretation on Cheekwood connections to Maxwell House can be found in the new café. The name Café 29 pays homage to the year 1929, when the Cheek family broke ground on the estate.

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