Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fish & Co. Restaurant & Raw Bar Set to Open Sept. 21

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Fish & Co. Restaurant & Raw Bar, the much-anticipated new seafood restaurant from Chef Louis Osteen and the Hospitality Development Group team behind Watermark and The Blind Pig No. 55, will officially unveil its menu of Charleston- and New Orleans-inspired dishes on Sept. 21. (The restaurant describes it as "a soft opening," but it made the announcement formal with a press release.) The new restaurant takes over the lavish space formerly occupied by Miro District in the Adelicia condominium complex.

The menu promises a panoply of regional Southeastern delicacies under $30, from Osteen's signature shrimp and grits to Florida grouper (with inland cameos such as Benton's bacon in a stuffed Blue Ridge rainbow trout). Of note also are a bar menu stocked with smaller plates, including beer-steamed shrimp and buttermilk biscuits with Benton's mouth-melting prosciutto, and a raw bar featuring littleneck clams and Gulf oysters, among other entries.

Full release posted after the jump.

HOSPITALITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP INTRODUCES FISH & CO.

Chef Louis Osteen Debuts New Seafood-Inspired Restaurant, Opening September 21

NASHVILLE (September 14, 2010) — James Beard Award Winner Chef Louis Osteen, the godfather of Lowcountry cuisine, opens the region’s most anticipated Lowcountry and coastal-inspired restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Fish & Co. Restaurant and Raw Bar, a part of Hospitality Development Group (HDG), brings Nashville a dedicated seafood menu crafted with southern charm and style. Celebrated across the country for his expertise with regional foods of the South, Osteen delivers fresh, approachable offerings reminiscent of Charleston, New Orleans and Florida flavors.

Originally from Charleston, S.C., Osteen is known for his interpretation and dedication to southern food, as well as his commitment using seasonal, locally-sourced products. He is a true culinary veteran and pioneer of southern cookery, having earned many awards and accolades including six James Beard Award nominations and the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2004. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and is deeply rooted in the preservation of southern cuisine. Osteen sets the stage with Fish & Co. as Nashville’s first high-end seafood dining option, delivering authentic, classic cuisine with varied flavors of the southern coast.

Fish & Co. provides a relaxed, yet refined atmosphere ideal for a number of different dining occasions. The restaurant's dining room menu offers a variety of main entrees, appetizers and sides that includes Osteen’s famed Shrimp & Grits. Other notable main dishes include The Gulf Shore’s Crispy Seafood Platter (flounder filet, shrimp, scallops, oysters and bell pepper slaw), Grilled Jumbo Scallops (shrimp hash, crispy okra and ravigote sauce), Blue Ridge Rainbow Trout Stuffed with Crabmeat, Scallions and Benton’s Bacon (served with potatoes roasted in duck fat), and the Florida Grouper ‘On The Half Shell,’ (served with tomato gravy and ‘pound cake’ potatoes).

Guests also have the preference to craft their own grilled seafood dish, where they choose from one of four seafood options including Alaskan Wild King Salmon and Jumbo Maine Scallops, one of four sauces such as Pickled Ramp Mayo or Ravigote and one of eight sides, including Bell Pepper Slaw and Creamy Anson Mills Grits.

The restaurant’s bar room dining will feature a more casual menu offering an assortment of shareable plates, bites and sandwiches. The Buttermilk Biscuit with Benton’s Country Prosciutto, 1/3 lb. of Beer Steamed Shrimp, Chile Crusted Calamari (with pickled ramp mayo), Crispy Fried Black Eyed Peas, Pate of the South (with crispy flatbread), Florida Grouper on Texas Toast, Yellow Fin Tuna Burger and Fried Seafood Baskets are just a few of the dishes that are perfect for enjoying on a casual date or an evening out with friends. The bar itself boasts a variety of beers, wines and playful southern cocktails such as the Bourbon and Branch, Kentucky Cousin and The Hot, Dark and Stormy.

Additionally, a raw bar menu will be offered featuring Littleneck and Cherry Stone Clams, oysters sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and Prince Edward Island, Canada and seafood cocktails including the Jumbo Maryland Blue Crabmeat Cocktail and the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.

Casella Interiors has updated the restaurant’s decor, located in the former Miro District Food & Drink space on the ground floor of The Adelicia condominium building, with noticeable interior and exterior changes that add a warm, hospitable feel to the restaurant space. Fish & Co. provides Nashville residents and visitors with an unparalleled coastal dining option set in a convivial space and vibrant neighborhood.

Fish & Co. will serve dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.

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