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Long-Awaited Gulch Restaurant Prima Set to Open Nov.8; Take a First Look at the Menu

Community Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Josephine and Burger Up, and executive chef Salvador Avila finally get to unveil their crown jewel.

Exterior signage for Prima; Executive chef Salvador Avila
Exterior signage for Prima; Executive chef Salvador Avila
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To say that details have been few and far between regarding Prima, the latest restaurant project from Community Hospitality, would be an understatement. The concept, first announced in May of last year, didn't begin construction in the ground floor of the Terrazzo mixed-use complex until a little over a year later. And since then, social media updates and leaked info has been scant. But at long last, key details have finally come to light, as the restaurant is set to open on Nov.8.

Longtime Nashville restaurant scene veteran chef Salvador Avila, who previously spent time in the kitchens of City House, 360 Bistro and Burger Up, is at the helm, and the menu is truly his unique vision. Avila describes the restaurant as a steakhouse with a Mediterranean emphasis and internationally inspired flavors, showing the influence of his time spent in Mexico and Spain, among other locales.

Broken down into starters and shared plates, salads, soups, sides and seafood, steak and other protein entrees, the menu appears to offer up a very different dining experience for Nashville, with flavor combinations not often seen. Prices run the gamut from $9 for salads, soups and sides to $52 for a 22-ounce bone-in rib eye. Starters range from grilled spicy lobster with semolina gnocchi and cashew lemon cream to roasted delicata squash with queso fresco, mint, chilies and octopus. Soups get higher billing than usual with five options, including dinosaur kale soup with butter squash, scallion and chicken broth.

As for the mains, four steak options are offered: petite filet, filet mignon, kansas city strip and bone in rib eye. Other entrees include whole grilled sunburst trout, bbq duck breast and braised lamb shank. Head below to check out the full menu.

Not much is known about the beverage program at this time, but expect a solid selection of beer and cocktails, along with an interesting and deep wine list.

Details about the space have been kept under wraps, but the nearly 9,000 square-foot interior features two levels with seating for over 200, including 3 private dining rooms. Expect high-end finishes across the board, with a large custom sculpture from famed British artist Bruce Munro, best known for his light-based installations, as the dining room centerpiece.

Prima, located at 700 12th Avenue South, will be open for dinner seven nights a week, and reservations are currently live on OpenTable. So be sure to check back in for more updates, and let us know if you plan on checking it out opening weekend.