Our Story

Located in the heart of the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood, Chago’s Cantina originally opened its doors in 2011.  Named after the childhood nickname of the owner, Chago’s quickly became a favorite dining destination for both Nashville residents and the Belmont university community.   

After Chago’s announced its closure in 2022, long-time Nashville restaurateur Steven Smithing jumped at the opportunity to reopen the restaurant. As the owner of two of Nashville’s iconic culinary institutions, Green Hills Grille and Mere Bulles, Smithing has a history of reviving beloved legacy restaurants and transforming them into integral neighborhood destinations.  

As a nod to the community to which it serves and its original founder, the restaurant has been renamed Chago’s Belmont Cantina. We look forward to continuing the Chago’s legacy while crafting an exciting future for this Nashville culinary gem.