by Scott Sutton

In 2016, a brand new restaurant was born in Hendersonville, Blossom. It surprised the town by being voted the People’s Choice of Taste of Hendersonville in 2016 after being open just a couple of short months.  

Tamara Gnyp, the mastermind behind Blossom, followed it up with Best of Taste of Taste of Hendersonville in 2017. In the restaurant world, this is unheard of. She has almost immediately landed the awards that so many restaurants strive for years to win. The most amazing part is that Tamara has no prior restaurant experience. She comes with a fresh approach, from a diner and drinker’s perspective.

“When I looked around town to see what was missing, I saw two glaring holes:  A top-notch craft bar and authentic Thai food,” says Gnyp. She combined the two and never looked back.  

She did her research and found some of the best Thai cooks in the mid-state area and paired their culinary creations with over 100 different craft offerings, which are always changing. “Hendersonville lacked a true craft beer bar. Sure, there are places you can go and get some craft beers, but I wanted Blossom & Cellar Door Craft Cavern to stand out.”

And stand out it does.  On any given night, patrons can get some of the best craft beers in Middle Tennessee and pair them with beautiful food. Once Gnyp decided to offer an extensive craft selection, the cuisine just fell into place.  She wanted a place where people could have the absolute best of both worlds.

“This is the vision behind Blossom–you can come in and have an excellent dinner and leave very satisfied, or you can come and sample a few beers from our ever-changing beer list. Or choose your own adventure, make an evening of it, and have both.  We love pairing beers with our dishes for our guests,” Gnyp says.

The staff creates a complete dining experience, from house-made Lao beef jerky and handmade eggrolls to the best craft beer you can find.  They set themselves apart from anything Sumner County has ever seen and provide a place for the community to gather.

“Once the awards started showing up, I had no idea what to say. It was beyond anything I could have hoped for. We are just so thrilled to have the backing of our regulars who support and spread the word about us. There are folks we see 2-3 times a week, and we couldn’t be happier! This is what BCD is all about.”

Blossom is a one-of-a-kind place. Add in the best Thai food and beer experience north of Nashville, and you’ll see the reason that Tamara has won 2 Taste of Hendersonville awards and was featured in The Tennessean in April. She has combined a unique and interesting social club in an old skating rink that is sure to have more surprises to follow.

Blossom & Cellar Door Craft Cavern can be found at 750 W. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075.  Reservations can be made at 615-431-2186.