The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Design Review Committee today unanimously approved plans related to a restaurant project targeted for North Capitol near Germantown.
Ronnie Wenzler, DTZ senior manager, and Tom Gibson and Allen Arender, both of Holladay Properties, own the site, on which an American foursquare former home recently was razed. Local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes is targeting the Geist building for a new concept (read more here).
The property sits within MDHA's Phillips Jackson redevelopment district and, as such, needs committee approval of both general plan and exterior form and function. It is located within a half block of First Tennessee Park.
Arender, Gibson and Wenzler have tapped Berry Hill-based D|AAD to reinvent the building (sometimes called The Forge given it was used for blacksmithing) with a new structure to its west and an outdoor space to its east. Nick Dryden, D|AAD founder, will oversee that effort.
Relatedly, the committee unanimously approved the concept plan related to Buckingham Cos.’ proposed apartment skyscraper targeted for The Gulch (read more here).
The founder of an ice bar and lounge concept that just celebrated its fifth birthday in Las Vegas says he's looking to expand to a number of other cities in the near future. And yep, writes Matt Rogers at Eater Nashville, Music City is on his short list.
J. Alexander's executives on Friday announced they plan to open a restaurant in a Lexington, Kentucky, mixed-use development next year. The 8,100-square-foot location will employ roughly 100 full- and part-time people and join a number of other restaurants at The Summit at Fritz Farm as well as Whole Foods and Pottery Barn.
Nashville-based J. Alexander's has been majority-owned by Fidelity National Financial since 2012 and also runs higher-end eateries under the Redlands Grill and Stoney River brands. The chain is on track to be spun out to FNF investors in the coming weeks.
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