Thursday, September 1, 2011

The National Underground, Gavin DeGraw's Upcoming Bar and Restaurant on Lower Broad — Another Cheeseburger Paradise?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:45 AM

Word is out that pop-rocker Gavin DeGraw is in the process of opening a Nashville location of his New York bar and music venue The National Underground, taking over a Lower Broadway spot across from the Hard Rock Cafe.

Tennessean music writer Dave Paulson reported it yesterday, citing the venue's Facebook page and permit that Metro issued for The National Underground to put up an electric sign at 105 Broadway. The address is the nondescript office building between the former Acme Farm Supply store and Big River Grille.

"The National Underground Nashville will feature the best in local and national original roots rock and country music and a charcoal grill with burgers, chicken and all the Underground favorites," says the Facebook announcement (posted in April and apparently unnoticed by us Nashville media folks until now).

Over on Bites' sister blog, Nashville Cream, music writer Adam Gold had fun riffing on DeGraw and his upcoming joint. If you're a fan of DeGraw's pop-rock-singer-songwriter thing, you can probably imagine what the music venue will be like. What can we expect from a food point of view? Well, as Gold points out, based on the menu from the New York location, a pretty familiar lineup.

Prominently featured is the hamburger: "A half pound brisket blend, handmade to order, seasoned with DeGraw's dry rub & grilled over an open flame, served on a fresh Martins potato bun with all or nothing, served with a pile of our grilled seasoned potato chips & lots of grilled onions." The cheeseburger (pictured above right in a photo from the website) is described as "Same as the hamburger ... but with cheese."

A steak, a chicken sandwich, hot dog and grilled chicken sandwich round out the entrees.

Lower Broadway can presumably support a fair number of hamburgers — we hope, since virtually every restaurant serves one.

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