We knew it was going to be in the Gulch, and that it would be called Chauhan Ale & Masala House, and the food would draw inspiration from the flavors of her native India.
But we didn't know exactly where it would be located, though there were strong hints. Now we know for sure. Chauhan Ale & Masala House will be located at 123 12th Ave. N., according to an announcement today.
That's the corner restaurant space across from 12th & Porter, most recently occupied by Rooster's Bar-B-Que. (Folks who've been around the Gulch restaurant scene since the early days will remember it as Jody Faison's Cafe OneTwoThree.)
The location makes sense, since it's next door to restaurant and nightspot Anthem/Revelry. Chauhan's partner in her restaurant is North Gulch Hospitality, which consists of Anthem/Revelry co-owners Moni Advani, London Parfitt and Austin Ratliff.
Here's what Chauhan told me back in the spring: “Moni approached me, and first I thought, ‘Nashville?’ But I never shut doors, I never don’t look,” she said. “I’d never been to Nashville, and now I love it.”
She added, “Opening my first place has to be with people I like, where it’s a passion, where the people really love food.”
She's been in town visiting off and on, while also touring the country with her stimulating cookbook, Flavors of My World: A Culinary Tour Through 25 Countries, co-written with her business manager Doug Singer and published by Favorite Recipes Press, an imprint of Nashville-based Southwestern Publishing Group.
Construction is already underway on the Chauhan Ale & Masala House space, with opening scheduled for spring 2014. The announcement describes the restaurant as an "Indian gastropub," which will feature "business casual dining for lunch, and dinner seven days a week for up to 150 guests at one time."
"Catering for external, special events will also be made available with the option to have Chef Chauhan appear at those events and prepare the menu on site."