Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Urban Flats To Close and Reopen as an Independent Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Urban Flats Flatbread & Wine Co. in the Gulch is about to go from chain restaurant to independent.

The restaurant in the ground floor of the Icon building had operated as a link in the Florida-based Urban Flats chain since 2009, but the Nashville outpost's owner, Henry Hillenmeyer — a local restaurant veteran who once served as chairman and CEO of the Cooker Restaurant Corp. — announced today he is taking it independent.

The new concept will be called Music City Flats StoneOven & Bar, and Dan Latham, an Atlanta chef who has worked for Mario Batali, is helping create a new menu. (He said some of the more popular Urban Flats dishes will be updated and kept on the new menu.)

The restaurant will close this Monday, Aug. 27, with plans to reopen Sept. 7.

Check out the full press release after the jump.

NEW RESTAURANT TO JOIN THE GULCH MUSIC CITY FLATS TO REPLACE URBAN FLATS

Offering new menu, new decor, same great service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nashville, TN (Monday, August 20, 2012) —

The casual dining experience known as Urban Flats Flatbread & Wine Company, which has occupied a retail space on the ground floor of the Icon building in the Gulch since 2009, will soon be closing its’ doors, but only temporarily.

The space will undergo a two-week long renovation in order to welcome a new menu, new, cozier decor and a new name - Music City Flats. The restaurant will remain under the ownership of Henry Hillenmeyer, the former Chairman and CEO of the Cooker Restaurant Corporation and a longtime, highly-respected restauranteur in Nashville and the Southeast, but will no longer be connected to the Florida-based Urban Flats chain.

“We decided to become a local, Nashville restaurant,” said Hillenmeyer. “We have operated since early 2009 as Urban Flats, but we are the only Urban Flats outside of Florida, and my partners and I feel we can better serve our Nashville guests by upgrading the concept and moving forward as an independent restaurant.”

“And we are excited about making these changes,” added Ben Lowe, Director of Operations and Marketing. “It gives us the opportunity to make updates that our local regulars will certainly appreciate and the independence to grow with our guests. But you can also still expect the same, great service and an upscale experience in a casual dining restaurant.”

Advising on the new menu is respected Atlanta-based chef, Dan Latham, who upon graduating from the French Culinary Institute in 1998, immediately went to work for highly-acclaimed, celebrity chef, Mario Batali. Latham now runs a restaurant consulting firm called LQC Ventures, INC, which is also based in Atlanta.

“There are several items on the menu that bring people into this restaurant again and again,” said Latham. “We will be keeping updated versions of those favorites but I’m planning to rework the rest of the menu and add new items that I hope will soon have that same effect on the guests by concentrating on the freshest ingredients possible.”

Frequent visitors to the restaurant will also be delighted to know that Music City Flats will continue to offer excellent happy hour specials and an ample wine list. The restaurant will also continue to participate in and sponsor charitable events in the community, such as the upcoming Wine on the River festival, just as it has done for the past four years.

Urban Flats Flatbread & Wine Company will be open through Sunday, August 26. The restaurant will reopen as Music City Flats StoneOven & Bar on Friday, Sept. 7.

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