The Goldberg Brothers, whose company Strategic Hospitality LLC also owns Paradise Park on Lower Broadway and the events space Aerial, are planning to open The Catbird Seat this fall.
The Catbird Seat will be an intimate 30-seat perch in the second floor of the Patterson House space at 1711 Division St. Diners will sit at a U-shaped chef's bar, where the two chefs will prepare seven-course menus tailored for each guest.
Both Habiger and Anderson are extremely accomplished chefs who have worked in some of the best restaurants in the world. For example, both did stints at Alinea in Chicago.
After leaving Sea Change in May, Anderson did a stage (that's what chefs call educational stints working at top restaurants) at Noma in Denmark, ranked by some as the best restaurant in the world. Anderson was a semifinalist for best chef in the Midwest in this year's James Beard Awards.
Habiger, who first came to Nashville to plan, train staff and launch Patterson House in 2009, has an eye-popping list of credits, including chef de partie at James Beard Award-winning Craft restaurant in New York.
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THE CATBIRD SEAT DEBUTS CREATIVE FARE AND AN INTERACTIVE DINING EXPERIENCE IN NASHVILLE
Strategic Hospitality to open 30-seat restaurant above the distinguished Patterson House cocktail bar this fall
NASHVILLE, TENN. (July 5, 2011) — From Strategic Hospitality entrepreneurs, Benjamin and Max Goldberg, comes a new addition to Nashville’s burgeoning culinary scene — The Catbird Seat. Set to open its doors this fall, The Catbird Seat will capture the essence of fine dining in a casual, yet vibrant atmosphere in an intimate space above the brothers’ Patterson House cocktail bar.
The 30-seat restaurant will feature an ever-changing, seven-course menu of seasonally inspired dishes by two acclaimed chefs, Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson. Both Habiger and Anderson bring a wealth of knowledge and creativity to Nashville, with past experiences spanning a number of prestigious restaurants, from Noma to Alinea to Yountville’s French Laundry. Together, they will lead the charge in the U-shaped kitchen surrounded by an iron wood bar with 30 countertop seats designed to allow patrons the opportunity to observe and interact with the chefs as their food is prepared.
“Both Erik and I knew working together to tap into each other’s creativity would produce some really incredible results, so when this opportunity arose we jumped on it,” said Habiger. “The Catbird Seat is going to be a great show and tell for us, in terms of cooking, getting to know our guests, and bringing people to Nashville.”
Named in honor of author James Thurber and sportscaster Red Barber, who coined the phrase ”he’s sitting in the catbird seat”, the restaurant delivers a unique setting, one that is refined but playful. With the help of Nashville architect Manuel Zeitlin and interior designer, Landy Gardner, the restaurant’s design elements will include modern light fixtures and vaulted ceilings. An elevator takes diners to the second-floor dining room, where they are greeted with clean lines and contemporary designs.
“Every project we do is created to give guests the best possible experience, whether it’s at a honky tonk on Broadway or chef-inspired dining at The Catbird Seat,” said Benjamin Goldberg. “We pushed the envelope with The Patterson House and saw such a positive response that we decided to push even further by choosing this incredible team, moving them to Nashville, and opening a restaurant unlike any other in the country.”
The Catbird Seat will be open for dinner on Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The team behind this project will be active on social media by documenting and detailing the trials and tribulations of opening a restaurant of this scope. Those interested can follow along daily updates by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page, on Twitter and at the blog. You can also visit the website at thecatbirdseatrestaurant.com.