Nashville-based restaurateur Luke McKee announced today his plans to open Fulton’s Tavern in SoBro’s Encore condominium tower.
To combine an American bar aesthetic with Irish pub traditions, the approximately 4,000-square-foot Fulton’s Tavern will occupy Encore’s street-level northeast corner (seen in below image courtesy of Google Maps) next to space in which McKee plans to operate Second Wind, a café and wine bar slated to open in August. In a release, McKee did not disclose an opening for his pub or terms of the lease.
With the Fulton’s Tavern lease completed, Encore’s 20,000 square feet of retail space is now 75 percent leased.
“Fulton’s Tavern coming to Encore is just another signal of SoBro’s dynamism,” said Tony Giarratana, president of Giarratana Development, which partnered in developing Encore with Atlanta-based Novare. Encore opened in early 2008.
With the recent additions of the Music City Center and Asurion, the looming openings of the Omni and Hyatt hotels, and groundbreakings expected soon on a Hilton Garden Inn and Giarratana’s SoBro apartment tower, the mixed-used district located south of Broadway is expected to see a surging demand for retail.
“This area is becoming one of Nashville’s hottest destinations,” Giarratana said.
The leasing of the Fulton’s Tavern space comes a few weeks after the announcement that Etch, which opened in Encore almost a year ago, is adding 1,250 square feet. Fulton’s Tavern is the third Encore retail addition announcement in 2013, following Second Wind and farm-to-table restaurant The Farm House. McKee said he hopes to have Fulton's Tavern opened by the fall.
McKee said Fulton’s Tavern will feature a menu of comfort food entrees including gourmet burgers and grilled cheeses, along with simple appetizers. Chef Frank Aloise has worked in various restaurants, including the Copper Cellar in Knoxville and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
“Fulton’s Tavern is a place where people can feel just as comfortable showing up in a business suit as a sweatshirt after a Preds game,” said McKee, who also is in the process of remodeling the former Red Rooster space on Demonbreun Street in Midtown and has plans to unveil additional restaurants in SoBro. “SoBro has a unique mix of locally owned restaurants, and our goal for Fulton’s Tavern is to bring a polished yet casual option where everyone feels welcome.”
McKee said the pub will combine a “classic tavern feel” with an element of trendiness. It will feature booths positioned along the windows and semi-private and private dining areas for parties and meetings. The footprint includes a patio to be located on the sidewalk fronting the intersection of Demonbreun Street and Third Avenue North, with seating for 30 to 40.
Austin Benedict of Colliers International’s Nashville office, manages the retail leasing for Encore and represented the owners during negotiations, while Fletcher Elkington with Elkington Real Estate Group represented the tenant during negotiations.
“The addition of Fulton’s Tavern further cements Third and Demonbreun’s reputation as an emerging hotspot,” Benedict said. “With The Southern and the Schermerhorn [Symphony Center] just across the street, Etch in the building and now the arrival of Fulton’s, this intersection of SoBro will provide a very special experience to those downtown.”
McKee has hired architect Graham Reese of Memphis-based Graham Reese Design Group. Reese also designed the interior for Second Wind and has worked on projects for Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Metropolitan Bank.