Chauhan Ale & Masala House
opened in 2014 as a modern Indian gastropub, chef Vasisht Ramasubramanian has been sort of a secret weapon in the kitchen, helping to create and execute the innovative and flavorful menu alongside chef-owner Maneet Chauhan. All good things must come to an end, and baby's bird's gotta fly, so the time has come for Chef Ramasubramanian (known as "Chef V") to helm his own kitchen.
Chef V will the chef at The Hook
, an upcoming restaurant venture between Sinema
chef Dale Levistki and his partners in the development deal
, Colin and Brenda Reed and their sons Ed and Sam Reed. The new fast-casual seafood and chicken restaurant will be located in the Melrose neighborhood at 2222 Franklin Pike, and having peeked inside, I can tell you it should be a convivial gathering spot for the neighborhood.
The name of the restaurant revolves around several interpretations of the word "hook." Of course you can catch a fish on a hook, and there will always be proper fish dishes (and chips!) on the approachable menu. I've also heard beguiling rumors that Chicago-raised chef Levitski is planning to serve a legit Italian beef sandwich at his new eatery. (From his lips to God's ears!) The menu will be rounded out by more classic sandwiches and some salads.
Great songs also have "hooks," that one portion of the lyrics and/or melody that sticks with you, and Chef V intends to create food that has exactly that sort of element to the flavor profiles. I believe that he certainly has the chops to pull that off, having spent four years working at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, ultimately rising to the position of sous chef. Chef V is also a high honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
While Chef V will certainly be missed in the kitchen at Chauhan, the connection with Levitski and a seafood and chicken house is not that big of a stretch. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chef V at multiple charity and community events, and I look forward to working alongside in this full time capacity,” says Levitski. “He and I both have made Nashville our home after working in various parts of the country, and that experience will bring unique, fresh flavors and concepts to the city.” It's also a bit of a family affair as Chef V's wife Allie Crowe recently took a position as the pastry chef at Sinema
The official opening date for The Hook is still up in the air, but they seem to be making significant progress to the interior of the restaurant. I don't want to give too much away, but expect music to be an integral part of the ambiance at the comfortable single-room eatery.