Tin Drum Asiacafé, the popular Atlanta-based Pan Asian restaurant concept, announces the signing of a seven-unit development agreement in Nashville, Tennessee, with CANUSA ENTERPRISES, a regional restaurant group.

The agreement is the first in Tennessee. Tin Drum boasts 13 units across Georgia and Alabama, and plans to open up to eight additional units this year.

“After thorough market research, we’re confident in our decision to begin development of Tin Drum in Tennessee, Nashville specifically,” says Steven Chan, Tin Drum’s founder and CEO. “This is our largest franchise deal to date.”

Fletcher Elkington, with Memphis, Tennessee–based Elkington Real Estate Group—which represents CANUSA Enterprises—says, “We selected Tin Drum for the exceptional quality of the food, the growth potential of a Pan Asian concept, and how we felt about doing business with Steven Chan, Tin Drum’s CEO. We believe Tin Drum is one of the most unique concepts in America and believe the Nashville market is a perfect fit.” 

All Nashville Tin Drum units will be designed to feel like a lively, bustling street-side café in Asia with edgy, urban, and upbeat décor, a reflection of Chan’s childhood in Hong Kong.

The bold menu at each location is to include more than 35 items made with both traditional and nontraditional Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Indian influences, along with the chain’s 15 signature sauces.

The fast-casual concept, which recently opened a unit in Roswell, Georgia, is actively pursuing franchisees in the southern states of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and the Carolinas

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, Fast Casual, Growth, News, Tin Drum