Loews to overhaul restaurant, bar areas

Six-month project also tackling lobby, corridors, bathrooms

The restaurant and bar areas at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel will soon be getting a major facelift.

Officials at the 340-room West End Avenue hotel say construction workers on Nov. 26 will begin to renovate the restaurant and bar, redesign its lobby, remodel its corridors and build new guest and public bathrooms. Work is expected to wrap up in May 2013.

The restaurant will be called Mason’s for the popular Mason jars used in Southern canning and will be a brasserie-style eatery “combining traditional Southern dishes with classical French techniques to create a uniquely local dining experience.”

The adjoining Mason Bar, hotel execs say, will be a rustic pub featuring a Mason jar chandelier and nine-screen media wall and be able to host live music.

“With all of the new development that is bringing more people into Nashville and into our hotels and restaurants, it’s exciting that we are able to make this investment so that we can stay ahead of what’s going on in the market,” said Tom Negri, managing director of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

During the work, Loews is marketing a special renovation room rate and discounts parking as well as other amenities, including 25 percent off room service for dinner. Loews’ meeting and conference space, ballroom and fitness center will remain open during the construction, and guests will be able to use alternative restaurant and bar locations on the building’s mezzanine level.