Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pub5: This Week's Dining Review

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

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In today's Dining column in the Scene, restaurant critic Carrington Fox visits Pub5, the new three-level bar and dining spot in a historic building on Fifth Avenue just south of Broadway. First off she notes how impressed she is with the space:

We were stunned by the transformation of the quirky Wild Bill's Beignets & Bikes into a three-story layering of pub, intimate dining rooms and rooftop bar, where reclaimed barnwood, vestigial advertising murals, 200-year-old brick and retro filament lights conspire to create a warmth that is simultaneously modern and historic. Downstairs is the kind of clubby, pubby room where you can imagine sliding into a booth or perching on a barstool for a long winter's night of politics-and-pilsner-filled conversation.

On the second floor, intimate dining rooms accented with exposed brick, dramatic decorative murals, custom ironwork and original fireplaces make a welcome addition to the list of private venues for meetings and parties in the umbra of the new Music City Center.

But climb one more flight of the dark stairwell, lean into the door and ... surprise! Welcome to one of Nashville's most understated and impressive outdoor dining spaces. The rooftop aerie is like a box seat with a view of the arena and a soundtrack siphoned from the nearby honky-tonks, with benefit of a little distance to muffle the raucous volume of Lower Broad.

She also appreciated Chef Hernan Borda's cuisine ("accessible and familiar without being dull") and had a funny line praising the efficiency of the staff: "A dumbwaiter may facilitate the transfer of food and drink among the three floors, but there were no dummies when it came to service at Pub5."

Read the full story here. And now the floor is open. Anybody been to Pub5? Any impressions you want to share?

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