May 22, 2024

Nashville-based Italian style market Little Hats to open new Middle Tennessee location

An Nashville-based Italian-style market is set to open its newest location in Williamson County this fall.

Little Hats will bring gourmet sandwiches, house made pastas and imported Italian specialties to the Meridian Cool Springs development, company representatives announced.

“There’s a lot of intention behind each addition to Meridian Cool Springs,” said Mark Traylor, director of retail at Boyle. “Little Hats is such a unique offering and will not only enhance the onsite experience for those who work within the district but also deliver a new and distinctive dining concept to the greater community.”

Since 2021, Germantown’s Little Hats, which gets its name from the Italian word cappelletti, has crafted soups, pasta and a wide variety of deli meats.

Their menu includes traditional Italian dishes like bolognese & pappardelle and cacio e pepe alongside everything from mortadella muffulettas and meatball subs to cannolis, tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake.

“Our passion for good food and a welcoming atmosphere is at the heart of everything we do,” said Andrew Dodd, the restaurant’s operating partner. “We’re excited to bring the delicious dishes and curated goods that our customers know and love to Meridian Cool Springs, a location that echoes our love for the community.”

The new location will mark the start of a partnership between Boyle Investment Company and the Nashville-based restaurant group Fresh Hospitality.

“In partnering with Fresh Hospitality to bring sought-after concepts like Little Hats to our properties, we’re able to appeal to the wide-ranging interests of customers and diversify the eating and gathering spots available to the local communities we’re proud to be a part of,” said Grant Kinnett, VP of Retail at Boyle.

Little Hats is joining Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream at Meridian Cool Springs.

Construction is currently underway on Little Hats’ 4,700-square-foot full-service restaurant, Handel’s 1,400-square-foot jewel box building and the two companies’ shared 5,000-square-foot public green, which the Meridian Cool Springs plans to activate as early as this summer with events for the local community.

For more information about the development, including grand opening dates for Little Hats Italian Market and Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream at Meridian Cool Springs, visit

This article was originally published in The Tennessean.