Growth Of Donelson Forcing Phat Bites To Move

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Growth Of Donelson Forcing Phat Bites To Move

CREATED May 4, 2014
by Chris Conte

DONELSON, Tenn. - Growth in the city of Donelson is forcing one nationally acclaimed deli to close its doors and move. Local leaders said the change exemplifies progress.

"It’s growing around here and we like it," said Julie Buhler who owns Phat Bites Deli and Catering.

For 12 years, Phat Bites has called their building near the corner of Donelson Pike and Allen Road home, but recently, Buhler learned the Mapco gas station next to her wanted to expand and she was being forced out.

"We were evicted," she explained.

On Sunday, Julie and her team of workers were busy moving the deli into their new home off Lebanon Road into the old Two Rivers Ford building, which has been sitting empty for nearly a decade.

"I think that Donelson is finally coming alive, there’s (sic) lots of younger people moving here new businesses starting and everybody is in the mood for a change, it’s been stagnant for a long time," Julie said about the move.

With the move, Phat Bites will double in size and so, too, will the Donelson Farmers Market. It will occupy the parking lot out front starting this Friday.

"(It) shows how fast Donelson is growing and how the community is becoming vibrant again," said Frank Trew with Hip Donelson.

Phat Bites has been scheduled to open in their new location at the corner of Old Lebanon Rd. and Lebanon Pike.