Tayst Restaurant and Wine Bar has been named a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association, joining six other restaurants nationwide with the 3-Star distinction.
Among the other 3-Star restaurants are Sweetgreen in Washington, D.C., Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas, and Candle Café in New York, N.Y.
The nonprofit Green Restaurant Association helps restaurants become more environmentally sustainable through a certification program and consulting services. All 3 Star restaurants must meet a minimum of 175 points with requirements such as
• Installing energy efficient lighting
• Using low-flow faucet aerators and spray valves to conserve water
• Using occupancy sensors in spaces that don't require constant light
• Installing an Energy Star dish machine
• Using an energy management system that regulates when, and for how long, equipment needs to be on
The 5-year-old Tayst--the first Nashville restaurant certified by the GRA--also uses non-toxic cleaning chemicals and table candles, serves filtered water in lieu of bottled water, and purchases organic cotton uniforms and chef coats. The restaurant sources local sustainable foods with 70 to 95 percent of food purchases (depending on the season) from farms within a 100-mile radius.