Monday, January 31, 2011

Chris Hyndman's Tavern Opens Today

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Extraordinarily busy restaurateur Chris Hyndman says his new project, Tavern, is opening today on Broadway in Midtown, filling the former location of Lime.

As I reported on Bites in December, the sleek Latin-influenced restaurant Lime shut down to make way for the new concept. “The direction of the neighborhood has trended more casual,” Hyndman said at the time.

We haven't seen the Tavern menu yet, but Hyndman has promised “warm tavern fare,” familiar and accessible but made with fresh ingredients and local produce.

Hyndman recently moved his pioneering restaurant Virago to a sprawling space off the Gulch on McGavock, which he has dubbed the M Street. He already has Whiskey Kitchen on the block and another new restaurant, steakhouse Kayne Prime, is expected to open soon on McGavock in the former Radius10 space.

Read the full release on Tavern after the jump.

Cool, casual restaurant and bar opens today

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 31, 2011 — Chris Hyndman, owner of Virago, Whiskey Kitchen and upcoming Kayne Prime, is opening his newest concept simply named ‘TAVERN’ in Midtown. Tavern will take the space that has been occupied by Lime since 2007.

Described as a “cousin concept” to Whiskey Kitchen, Tavern is Hyndman’s modern interpretation of the classic Tavern — chef-driven pub cuisine from M Street Culinary Director Robbie Wilson, an inspired ‘libations’ and wine list, and an environment that is both comfortable and cool.

Fresh ingredients, local product, and expert cooking differentiate Tavern from the norm. “My goal is to create food with simple but bold flavors that people crave,” states Chef Wilson. Much like Whiskey Kitchen, the menu is priced with value in mind, with the majority of items priced below $15. Big hits expect to be the “Bazooka Guacamole” (pistachios / goat cheese / warm tortilla chips), “Lobster Hushpuppies" (sweet corn / roasted jalapeno), "Short Rib Tacos" (Korean bbq / cucumber / cilantro), and "S'mores" (graham crackers / hershey's milk-chocolate bars / marshmallows / fire included).

Renovations to the 6,600 square feet space have created a unique “modern tavern” feel. Tavern possesses warm brick, rich woods, leather wrap-around booths, and modern Edison lighting. An open loft feel with a mezzanine a private dining area The large patio space and patio bar area that seat over eighty remain. Other highlights include multiple big screens for sports and music videos, and late night weekend DJs.

Hours are from 11 a.m, to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Tavern brunch will be served on the weekends.

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