The opening of The Sutler, the re-imagined restaurant, bar and live music venue that's taken over the location that housed its original namesake for 30 years, looks to be so close. A preview party was held this past weekend, offering a small sampling of menu items and cocktails, and showing off the finished space. The first floor was no secret, with a large bar, open kitchen, plentiful seating and a stage for live music. But the downstairs "Cellar bar", now complete, had been kept under wraps. The large space features a lengthy bar, a fireplace and a mix of seating, along with cocktail and beer menus separate from the main floor.
As for the food, executive chef Nick Seabergh has put together a menu "inspired by the South [and] West," but certainly doesn't go light on the dive bar and junk food staples. Snacks include fried pickles and 'Nashville hot nuggets,' as well as pork rind nachos. Then there's 'dunks,' which are described as 'fire grilled sandwiches in a bowl of custom dunk.' Larger plates run the more traditional gamut from hanger steak and trout to shrimp.