In March, my Nashville Post colleague William Williams reported that developer Mark Banks is planning a small boutique hotel on the site, with space carved out for a little restaurant.
Now we know more. Chef Matt Bolus, who built a strong reputation in Charleston, S.C., before moving to Nashville and working for Watermark and Flyte, is the man in charge of the new Gulch restaurant, which will be called The Kitchen at The 404. (The restaurant address will be 404 12th Ave. S.)
Bolus told me the restaurant’s going to be charmingly intimate, a little more than 40 seats, with a tiny bar where patrons can chat and get to know the bartender crafting their special cocktails.
The chef added that other details, including the menu, are still in the works. Bolus did acknowledge that the cuisine will represent the food he’s come to be known for, “local and regionally based.” (I think we can take that to mean Southern-inspired.) “Pure, honest food,” he added. The opening is expected later this summer. “Sooner rather than later, I hope,” Bolus said with a laugh, because his wife Kelly is expecting their first child Aug. 3. (What’s with chefs launching restaurants and welcoming babies simultaneously? Hal Holden-Bache did the same thing with Lockeland Table.)
We’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.
A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in today's print issue of The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.