When news first broke at the end of January about the planned closing of Nations restaurant and music venue The Stone Fox, the one question on everyone's mind, following the initial surprise, most certainly centered on what new business would be taking its place. Well those plans have now been revealed, as House, 'A Social Eatery,' is on track to open its doors next month.
Kyle McPhee, co-owner of Tin Roof 2 in Cool Springs, has partnered with Chris Bicsak, a former employee and close friend, on the project. McPhee tells Eater that they had been looking in the Sylvan Park and Nations neighborhoods for quite some time, and when they learned that former Stone Fox owners William and Elise Tyler were looking to sell the business, they jumped at what he calls "an amazing opportunity":
We have great respect for, and want to expand on, what The Stone Fox started. 'The Fox' will live on in various aspects of House's interior and menu, including the incorporation of two of the restaurants' old doors into the design. We want it to be a very inclusive place and make it really vibe with the neighborhood, make it a place that people can call home.
Described as a casual, come-as-you-are neighborhood spot, House will be open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, late night and an all day brunch menu, with planned hours of 11 a.m. until late Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until late Saturday and Sunday. Menu items will range in price from $8 to $18.
As for the beverage program, Bicsak says that they plan to have a full bar, offering craft cocktails and plenty of local brews, the latter served via a unique tap and draft system setup. Vodka on tap will also be available, as well as a house coffee utilizing locally roasted beans.
The interior layout of the restaurant offers several different dining areas, each with its own unique details. The Family Room features a fireplace and is decorated with black and white family photos. The original bar is still intact but has been given a facelift, now covered in old doors salvaged from the surrounding neighborhood. In place of the former stage is The Library, a dining area for larger parties that's highlighted appropriately by bookshelves. Additional seating lines the wall leading back to the large rear patio, which will include picnic and community tables.
A number of flat screen televisions will be sprinkled throughout the space, along with a 106-inch projection screen TV, but both owners are quick to note that House "isn't a sports bar."
Hiring is currently underway via the restaurant's website, so be sure to check back for updates as next month's opening gets closer.