Renovation and Build-out of International Market II Is Complete
The classic Belmont market and restaurant reopening across the street in former Blvd location
Dowdle Construction Group announced today the completion of construction on the renovated space for the new iteration of an old Belmont favorite, to be called International Market and Restaurant II. Anna and Arnold Myint, children of original owners and long-time Nashville restaurateurs Patti and Win Myint, own the new restaurant and market. Manuel Zeitlin served as the architect for the renovation.
Opened in 1975, the original International Market and Restaurant closed in mid-2019 after Belmont University purchased the site with plans to build an arts and music performance center, which is now underway. The revamped market and restaurant will take the place of the Myints’ other well-known restaurant across the street, Blvd, at 2013 Belmont Blvd, which is in an old residential building that was built in 1915 and later converted into commercial space.
“This is one more classic Nashville restaurant build-out that we are proud to add to our extensive resume,” said Kyle Swarm, project manager at Dowdle. “This restaurant and market, and the building itself, have so much history here. It’s very special and rewarding to have the chance to give them a second life.”
With modernized décor and a more open floor plan, the new space features a dining area in the front, banquette seating in the center, a serving station on one side and a full bar on the other. With all that is new, some of the original bricks from the old restaurant were installed in a wall behind the bar as a nod to the former building. There are also plans for a second phase, which will entail building out the back of the space into a private dining area.
“We are thankful to Dowdle Construction and Manuel Zeitlin for their hard work to get our family business back up and running with a new twist, while still honoring our parents’ legacy,” said Anna Myint. “Their sincerity and creativity, as well as the community’s support, more than words can say.”
The new concept includes many of the original, beloved offerings, including a steam table, “specials from the kitchen” and specialty groceries and gifts. In addition, the Myint siblings have created an enhanced menu inspired by their recent trip to Thailand to honor their mother.