Where to eat on Easter Sunday 2021 in Rutherford County

Last year the Easter Sunday dinner tables were empty or half full. Many restaurants have been closed as people huddled at home, thanks to COVID-19.

This year will be different.

With vaccinations and dwindling numbers, many families are choosing to eat out for Easter while some are hosting family gatherings.

Here are a few places that will be open this Easter, from dine-in and take-out to hot-and-serve dining.

Local ownership

Some local restaurants will require reservations.

• Five senses

1602 Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro

Enjoy Easter dinner, family style. Visit the restaurant’s Facebook page for a menu. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 615-867-4155, visit fivesensesdining.com or email 5sensesrestaurant@gmail.com615.

• Readyville Mill

5418 Murfreesboro Road, Readyville

Enjoy an Easter dinner at a historic mill located just outside of Murfreesboro in Readyville. Reservations are required and places are limited. Dial 615-563-6455.

• Party Poultry

127 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro

Enjoy Party Fowl’s regular menu or brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No reservation is required. Visit partyfowl.com to see the menu.

• Short Mountain Distillery

There will be an Easter egg hunt and brunch on Easter Sunday at the Short Mountain Distillery.

Egg hunts will be free for children 12 and under and will include prize baskets and a special Easter Bunny appearance. The hunts are free and at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. You do not need to eat at the restaurant to participate. Outdoor food and drink will be available.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special brunch menu and specialty cocktails. Reservations are required by emailing reservations@shortmountaindistillery.com. Visit shortmountaindistillery.com to learn more about the distillery.

• Tavola

114 Front Street, Smyrna

Enjoy an array of homemade gourmet Italian dishes. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 615-984-4771. Visit latavolatn.com to see the menu.

• 219 mixed kitchen

219 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro

You don’t need reservations to enjoy a meal here on Easter Sunday, unless you’re having a big party. Call 615-396-8484 to learn more.

• Sources of hops

6790 John Bragg Highway, Murfreesboro

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, Sources of hops will offer beer specials and brunches as well as live music.

Hop Springs will also host an Easter event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be a variety of family activities including age-appropriate egg hunts, face painting, inflatables, basket building, crafts, plant sales, games and prices.

There will also be a special appearance from Bonnie the Miniature Horse and the Easter Bunny. A $5 donation to attend the event will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Special offers in chains

Some chains offer special menus and reheat meals at Easter.

• Subway Dinner

711 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro

Metro Diner will be offering a special Easter dinner with ham or turkey, available for dinner, pickup and delivery. A take-out family Easter feast for four to eight is also available. Pre-orders are requested. Visit metrodiner.com to order or call 615-671-7909.

• Grilled bone fish

505 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro

Make a reservation at bonefishgrill.com or call 615-217-1883. The seats are limited.

Mimi's Coffee |  Enjoy a three-course menu ($18.99, $8.99 for ages 12 and under) all day.  Choose dishes like tomato-basil soup, slow-roasted turkey, and hickory-smoked ham;  and desserts like Molten Lava Cake.  Reservations recommended.  Receive at home?  Mimi's To-Go Ham Feast feeds six to eight people ($99.99) and includes smoked ham, choice of potatoes, herb-roasted carrots, green beans, spinach salad and bread with carrots.  Orders can be picked up from March 30 to April 1.  |  Details: 2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.  480-899-5612.  Also, 1220 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear.  623-935-9760.  Other locations on mimiscafe.com.

• Mimi’s coffee

2625 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro

Reservations are recommended. Call 615-893-1352 or visit mimiscafé.com for more details.

• Old Country Cracker Barrel Store

138 Chaffin Place and 2115 S. Church St., Murfreesboro

2697 Highwood Blvd, Smyrna

Enjoy Easter Sunday dinner at any Cracker Barrel or your own dining room with a take-out family meal, which must be purchased in advance. Visit crackerbarrel.com order.

• Maple Street Biscuit Co.

1911 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro

Although the restaurant is not open on Easter Sunday, there are plenty of offerings on the heat and serve basket menu. Visit maplestreetbiscuits.com Pre-order for pick up Friday and Saturday.

Maple Street Biscuit Co.: Bake your half-dozen, dozen, or single-serve cookies served with your choice of homemade jam or jelly: B² Jam, Apple Butter, or Pepper Jelly.

Here are other channels open at Easter:

• Carrabba Italian Grill

544 N Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro

• Backcountry Steakhouse

1968 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro

• Cheddar scratch kitchen

1829 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro

• Restaurant and brasserie BJ’s

2455 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro

• O’Charley’s

2450 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro

• Garden of olive trees

1720 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro

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Alicia R. Rucker