My-my-my so much has changed in Nashville. From what could be a residential home in North Nashville (off Buchannan) to a local pizza and beeria joint- Sim and Husky Pizza and Beeria. And not just any Nashville eaterie, but from the soft openings to the launch, Slim and Husky’s Pizza and Beeria has been a focal point for Nashville Natives and visitors alike. With the lines wrapping around the building and the scent of fresh ingredients in the air, Slim and Husky’s has become the catalyst to the budding Buchannan Arts District and eateries catering to the urban crowd. Rumor has it these guys studied pizza for months as they formulated their recipes, sauces, and toppings. These guys were serious about their pizza and I believe studying and learning your passion (especially if your name is on the business) will always pay off.
When you walk up the sidewalk to Slim and Husky’s, there may be a wait, approximately 25 minutes, but I promise you its worth it. The smell of Italian spices, meats, and fresh dough wafts down Buchannan and will have you hooked. Once inside you will see an intimate size space with a 90’s vibe. I was greeted by the host who handed me a menu to make my pizza selection as I waited in line. I was more than impressed with the 90’s theme from the menu selection.
You can order from the specialty pizzas (You can get with this) or you can order a build your own pizza (you can with that). Get it! “You can get with this, or you can get with that – shouts out to Black Sheep! All the pizza names were tributes to songs: P.R.E.A.M (homage to C.R.E.A.M) is what I decided to order: “The White Sauce is Slammin, + Spinach, Pepperoni, Pulled Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Red Onion.” The two sizes are Slim for individual servings (or two children) and the Husky would feed two adults, maybe three. I got a Slim (of course).
Mind made up on the pizza, I visually explored the area and interior design. I turned around to look behind me and saw this:
When you walk in and look up at the entry door, you see the above picture. I have copied the lyrics below in case you want to read them:
“Now I see the importance of history
Why my people be in the mess that they be
Many journeys to freedom made in vain
By brothers on the corner playin’ ghetto games
I ask you, Lord why you enlightened me
Without the enlightenment of all my folks
He said, cuz I set myself on a quest for truth
And he was there to quench my thirst
But I am still thirsty
The Lord allowed me to drink some more
He said what I am searching for are
The answers to all which are in front of me
The ultimate truth started to get blurry
For some strange reason it had to be
It was all a dream about Tennessee”
One thing I noticed once inside, was that everyone REALLY was happy to be at work. Every single person in the pizza creation line was all smiles and I captured those smiles at each stage. The radio was playing hip-hop jam from the 90s. I don’t know about you but there was a ton of feel good music of the time and I found myself singing along through most of the songs. Maybe that’s what contributed to the smiles at Slim and Husky’s
Here’s fresh pizza dough being kneaded and prepared for pizza.
Pizza formation by assistant GM Daemon Watson
True to entrepreneurial fashion I saw co-owners Clint Gray III, Derek Moore, (Emmanual Reed not pictured) working hard. Word is everyone is trained to do every job and is expected to fill in any roles as needed. I love it – teamwork!
The history behind these native Nashville gentlemen is that they:
- graduated from Tennessee State University and
- graduated their business Green Truck Moving Company from the Nashville Business Incubation Center.
- They then invested in the North Nashville community, purchased commercial property, opened an 90s themed urban eaterie, catalyzed the value of Buchannon street, created jobs, and are fostering their team with leadership and business expertise. They are the positive effects of gentrification and I could not be more proud of these black men for accomplishing such a feat! <3<3<3
While I waited, I tasted some of the beers on tap. Local beer from Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, and Kingsport, TN were renamed to local colloquialisms based on their geographical locations “Out South, Out East, and the House beer named for our location “Out North.” I settled upon a strawberry flavored beer called “Strawberry Picnic by Nashville local Blackstone Brewery. Yum Yum!
After much anticipation my P.R.E.A.M. was ready. I had taken a few bites before I remembered to take a picture.
White sauce slamming, dough nice and crispy, Italian sausage with the spinach and onions was ON -TIME. My expectations for pizza were blown away! I finished all but two slices as I chatted with friends and enjoy the seated lounge on the patio! And then I came back and finished my last two slices before I left for the evening.
I like to take in the entire experience of the restaurant, and as you can see and it was on point from top to bottom. The line or the crowd did not seem to die down NOT ONCE.
As the daylight turned to evening, the vibe of Slim and Husky transitions from day- time family fun to evening ‘relax and young adult wind down’ time. More and more millennials of all colors continued to pour in and many were just enjoying beer. On a projector screen showing were episodes of the 90s favorite TV show ‘Martin.” Good memories right?! Although I could not hear the sound from the projectors for the music (to be expected), most of us can likely follow along with the Martin episode and figure out what’s going on or what adlib to insert LOL! “Get ta stepping!
If you can’t tell, I’m excited about Slim and Husky and its future in North Nashville. Have you been there yet? Let me know in the comments! I hope to bump into my Nashville friends and family at Slim and Husky soon!
Talk soon as I determine the next Nashville (or outside of Nashville) adventure.
Karla (KB) Burnett is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University. She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can listen to her as she co-hosts “The Scenario Radio Show” by downloading the app “Radio Free Nashville” or streaming the archives here. If you need help starting your own blog, join her blogging community or click here for your free consultation. Or you can always email: firstname.lastname@example.org