Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Two Ten Jack, Nashville's First Izakaya, Aims to Open in January

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Two Ten Jack, an ambitious new restaurant and bar going into the Walden development in East Nashville, will represent our city's first izakaya, a Japanese-style neighborhood pub that has become a hot concept in larger cities.

It's the project of Patrick Burke of Seed Hospitality, best-known for Zumi Sushi in Hillsboro Village, and his business partner, chef Jason McConnell (Red Pony, 55 South, Cork and Cow), who will be Two Ten Jack's culinary director. Running Two Ten Jack's kitchen will be another familiar face, Jessica Benefield, most recent winner of the Scene's Iron Fork competition and former executive chef at Virago.

Burke says Two Ten Jack is unlike anything we've ever seen in Nashville. "It's our interpretation of an izakaya, a very informal, unpretentious neighborhood gathering spot, with authentic cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and gourmet ramen."

Izakayas were traditionally sake joints that served snacks, so libations are naturally a big part of the concept.

At Two Ten Jack, the bar fills the center of the room, Burke says. The artisan cocktails will created by Jon Yeager of PourTaste. In addition to the more familiar sake, Burke touts a selection of shōchū, a traditional Japanese distilled beverage known for subtle flavors, along with some Japanese whiskeys. There will not only be beer on tap, but also cocktails and wine on tap.

Ramen will be one of several components of the menu, which will also include small plates for sharing, and the pub's atmosphere will be convivial, Burke says. More details to come.

Two Ten Jack is being built in the new section of the Walden development at 1900 Eastland Ave., Suite 105 (behind the building that houses Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, The Silly Goose and Ugly Mugs). Burke says there may be some soft openings in December, with opening expected in January.

Watch the Two Ten Jack page on Facebook for updates.

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