One of Germantown's worst-kept restaurant secrets is now confirmed, as official word is out this morning that chef Julia Sullivan and her business partner Allie Poindexter are partnering with Strategic Hospitality to open Henrietta Red, a new restaurant and oyster bar, this fall.
Slated for the 4,500 square foot corner space at The Square at Fourth and Madison development across from Cochon Butcher, the restaurant, according to a release, is named after Sullivan's grandparents Henrietta and her husband Edgar, "a Southern gentleman and beloved redhead." The space will consist of a main bar area with communal tables offering a selection of oysters and other raw items, and a 70-seat dining room with banquette and other table seating. The menu will be vegetable-focused with additional emphasis on seafood.
Sullivan, a Nashville native who had stints at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Per Se before moving back to town in 2013 and helping to open Strategic's Pinewood Social, and Poindexter, whom she met while working at Haven's Kitchen in New York, were originally looking to land the restaurant in Wedgewood-Houston. Once that did not materialize, rumors had been making their way around for quite some time that this prime corner spot would be their landing place.