And the change sounds like a dramatic one. Restaurateur Kazu "Kaz" Hishida, who owned Kazu restaurant in Cummins Station from 2003 to '08, is working to open the new 5th and Main restaurant, Myridia, as a chic home for chef-driven global cuisine.
I talked to Kaz today, and he says he's again teaming with his chef dad Kazuhira Hishida at Myridia. The elder Hishida — a classically trained chef who's cooked around the world — will create the menu and launch the kitchen.
Since closing Kazu, the younger Hishida has bolstered his skills with a stint as a catering manager at Vanderbilt and honed his party sense by operating an event space, Avenue 9.
That experience should come in handy at Myridia. In addition to the restaurant and lounge that will fill the former Otter's space, there's a 1,500-square-foot space for private parties of all varieties.
While some restaurateurs duck the culinary term "fusion," Kaz embraces it. He says the cuisine will be "a blend of American and flavors from Asia and Latin cultures ... a healthy mix of everything."
For fans of the late restaurant Kazu, Kaz says his dad will include many of the popular dishes from that menu at the new place, but there will be a bigger emphasis on small plates designed for sharing.
The Fifth and Main condominium and retail development was purchased in March by an affiliate of ACG Equities, and the company seems to be putting some real effort into trying to make it the lively gateway to East Nashville that the community was hoping for in 2007 when units first went on sale at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets.
The Myridia press release is below.
Myridia Will Bring Global Cuisine to Fifth and Main
Stylish, Locally Owned Fusion Restaurant Will Open Next Door to New Germantown Cafe East
Nashville, Tenn. —- Fifth and Main, a premier mixed-use development in Nashville with stunning views of Downtown, will be home to eclectic new restaurant Myridia. Serving a moderately priced mix of Asian, Latin and European flavors, Myridia is scheduled to commence construction immediately in 3,100 sq. ft. adjacent to the newly opened Germantown Cafe East.
"We chose to place Myridia in the Fifth and Main development because we believe that it supports the strong community ties, active social lifestyle and progressive thinking that is flourishing on the east side of Nashville,” said local restaurateur Kazu “Kaz” Hishida, owner and creator of Myridia. “My vision is for Myridia to become an integral part of Fifth and Main and contribute to its untapped potential.”
Myridia joins the newly-opened Germantown Cafe East as Fifth and Main’s second on-site restaurant. Along with the main dining room, Myridia will feature a bar and lounge, and a 1,500-sq.-ft. multipurpose space available for private parties and events.
“A hip new restaurant like Myridia is a perfect fit for Fifth and Main,” said ACG Equities principal David Lang. “Myridia features the level of culinary creativity and sophistication our community expects, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the neighborhood.”
Since the purchase of the Fifth and Main property this year by an affiliate of ACG Equities, the company has made significant capital improvements, such as renovating the rooftop garden terrace, adding outdoor grilling stations, and increasing parking capacity to accommodate resident guests and retail customers.