Restaurant Opening In Former Germantown Cafe East Location
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A new restaurant will soon occupy the former Germantown Cafe East location in the 5th and Main condominium complex in East Nashville.
The restaurant had been closed since June when former co-owner Jay Luther died as the result of a freak accident inside the restaurant's walk-in refrigerator.
Co-owner Chris Lowry approach Manny Hatz, a restaurateur and resident of 5th and Main, about taking over the location.
"Chris approached me about the possibility of purchasing the restaurant. So we talked about it, it seemed to make sense, so we went for it," said Hatz.
Hatz currently owns several Jet's Pizza locations around Nashville and the Shipwreck Cove Restaurant at the Elm Hill Marina.
Hatz is not revealing his concept for the new restaurant, but his partner did hint to want customers can expect.
"We're going to help bring in some fresh flavors to it, we're going to come up with a menu that has broad appeal. Some different flavors to it, some influences," said operating partner Mike Harris.
The two men behind the project understand they have a few hurdles to overcome to make their new venture is a success.
"I think getting people to any restaurant is a big task at first. We're going to have broad shoulders with where we're at. We have a great building that's going to give us a place to start with," Harris said.
Hatz believes there are misconceptions with 5th and Main complex they need to discount.
"There's ample parking here. Underneath if it's raining, there's free parking there's a back lot that's available as well. We're going to put in a valet for lunch and dinner," according to Hatz.
The new owners said during their restaurant's grand opening in mid-October they plan to honor Luther. There is a scholarship fund in his name at the Randy Rayburn Institute of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College.
Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to; NSCC Foundation, 120 White Bridge Road, Nashville, TN 37209.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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