One important update is the target day for opening, which is Dec. 3, less than two weeks from today and a date that would give neighbors and other curious folks a chance to gather there for drinks and dinner (and to check out the new joint) over the holidays.
Hatz has also named his restaurant team: Mike Harris is the operating partner, and Frank Courreges will run the kitchen as executive chef. Harris is a 30-year veteran in the business, with experience at the Loveless Cafe, Sam’s Sports Grill, Logan’s Roadhouse and Christie Cookies.
Courreges trained as an apprentice chef in Europe and attended the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales University. He has worked in hotels and restaurants in Charleston, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Nashville.
Both Harris and Courreges describe their culinary approach as delivering classic dishes with a twist. Harris promises house-ground burgers, unique salads, hand-cut steaks and fresh vegetables, along with a few surprises.
The restaurant space, as you may remember, was originally the location of Germantown East, which closed permanently after the death of chef and co-owner Jay Luther in a freak accident in the produce cooler. The original Germantown Café remains a vital fixture in Germantown under co-founder Chris Lowry.
Hatz has pledged to honor the original owners by contributing to the Jay Luther Memorial Scholarship Fund for aspiring culinary professionals.
A version of this post appeared in my Food Biz column in this week's print edition of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.