Goodness Gracious Restaurant and Catering Opens in Early August at Fountains at Gateway

Aug 03, 2022 at 12:35 pm by WGNS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Goodness Gracious Restaurant and Catering, a family-owned and chef-run Southern gourmet restaurant, will open at Fountains at Gateway early this month, announced developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.

Owned and operated by Eric and Nicole Ford, Goodness Gracious will serve a full menu of from-scratch starters, entrees, hot and cold sides, and an array of desserts. Goodness Gracious also provides catering, from small drop-offs to full catering services.


“We are excited and nearly ready to continue serving our customers at our new location at Fountains at Gateway,” said Nicole Ford. “With more days of operation, we welcome customers to come visit us and satisfy their cravings for cinnamon swirl pancakes, filled strawberries, gouda grits, Monte Cristo, and all of Eric's delicious creations. As we move into our new, customized restaurant space, we can assure our customers that our family atmosphere, food and love of the business will remain the same.”

The new Goodness Gracious at Fountains is located in a 3,029-square-foot space in the MMC building. The restaurant will seat more than 80 people inside and includes a small, upscale, private meeting room. Guests are welcome to enjoy outdoor dining on the patio, and takeout services are also available. The interior buildout of the restaurant is nearly complete, and the Fords will announce the grand opening date on the restaurant’s Facebook page.  

“Our relationship with the Fords and their family goes back decades, having been a fan of their Southern comfort food during the Front Porch Café era back in the 1990’s,” said Graby. “We had the privilege of being their landlord when they rebranded to Goodness Gracious and moved to Northfield Blvd.  After a stint running their restaurant at the Readyville Mill, we invited Eric and Nicole to return to Murfreesboro and continue their legacy at Fountains. As our sixth locally owned eatery at Fountains, Goodness Gracious epitomizes the wholesome and homegrown style that enhances the fabric of our city’s dining scene.”

About Goodness Gracious Restaurant and Catering

The Front Porch concept was purchased in the early 1990s by Eric Ford’s mother, Karen Ford, and  rebranded as Goodness Gracious Café on Northfield Boulevard. For the past eight years, Eric and Nicole Ford operated Goodness Gracious at Readyville Mill and made their home there. Recently, they moved back to Murfreesboro to prepare for the opening of Goodness Gracious Restaurant and Catering at Fountains. For additional information, visit

About Fountains at Gateway

Fountains at Gateway is a Class A, mixed-use development that serves three distinctive purposes: as a corporate office campus serving a range of company sizes, upscale dining and retail district, and community event and entertainment venue.

Corporate office tenants include technology firms i3 Verticals, Saltworks Security and Steel Summit. The latest office installments, Studio Suites and Studio at Fountains, accommodate mid-sized companies, satellite and team offices, and individual remote workers in private furnished suites with luxurious shared amenities. 

Eateries at Fountains at Gateway include The Soda Bar, Just Love Coffee Café, Burger Republic, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Steakhouse Five, Edible Arrangements and Love Thai Sushi. Goodness Gracious opens in early August.

Shops and services include Homegrown Marketplace, e.Allen Boutique, Board & Brush, Kneucraft Jewelry & Design, The Social Chair, The Boutique, Luxury Homes of Tennessee, MMC Kattine Aesthetics and Medling |Plastic Surgery.

The View at Fountains is a 5,800 square-foot conference center and event venue located on the top floor of One Fountain Plaza, and the brand new Plaza Room on ground floor seats 120 for business events and parties. More information can be found at

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