Cheers to 25 Years of Tin Angel!

When Vicki and Rick Bolsom opened Tin Angel in 1993, their goal was to create a restaurant that they personally would enjoy eating at, in a space that felt comfortable and homey. They didn’t imagine that decades later, they’d be celebrating the restaurant’s 25th anniversary and serving their third generation of loyal customers.

This West End staple has become synonymous with consistency. Known for its prix fixe dinners and delicious food, the restaurant’s appeal is further heightened by its cozy decor. The building itself is a historical landmark from the 1930s, complete with old tin ceilings, brick walls and floors, a freestanding fireplace — a classic restaurant feel.

Rick Bolsom further highlights the restaurant’s commitment to consistency by pointing out that several current employees have been at Tin Angel for 15 years or more — some right from the start.

“We didn’t strive to open a restaurant that followed the latest trends. We wanted people to feel comfortable at Tin Angel, and it seems like we’ve achieved that goal as we celebrate this milestone,” said Bolsom. “It never ceases to amaze and please me when a couple comes in with their children and tell us that they had their first date at our restaurant twenty years ago.”

For the next four weeks, Tin Angel will offer special “prix fixe” dinners that pay homage to past menus in celebration of its anniversary. Longtime customers will be excited to see beloved dishes that may not have been on the menu for 15 years pop back up. The restaurant will also hand pick individual dishes out of past menus and develop specials around them.

“Our goal was to open a long-term, inviting place that had really excellent food and service. The menu has constantly evolved over the years, annually and seasonally,” Bolsom said. “We try to incorporate fresh, modern and creative dishes on the menu without being odd. We derive a lot of our dishes from French, Spanish and Italian influences, and we always gather feedback from our staff and guests when crafting a new menu.”

Though the drastic change that Nashville has recently seen has positives and negatives, Bolsom says the restaurant has continued to have the same mentality toward business.

“At the end of the day, we just want to be a place where our community can enjoy a great meal with the people that they love. If that works, we’re happy.”