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Chicago’s Greg Biggers Announced as Chef/Partner for East Nashville’s Fort Louise

Biggers plans a menu with a spin on American comfort food

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Earlier this month Jessica Bower, the co-owner of upcoming Inglewood neighborhood restaurant and bar Fort Louise, teased out in a release that she would be bringing on a “prominent chef” to partner with her in the project. That name has now been revealed, as longtime Chicago chef Greg Biggers has been brought on as chef/partner.

Biggers, who has been the executive chef at Chicago restaurant Cafe de Architectes in the Sofitel Hotel since 2011, will stay in that position while also overseeing the menu creation and other aspects of the kitchen at Fort Louise. Prior to his current post, he spent time in the kitchens of quite a few other notable fine dining spots, including Chicago’s Tru, Morimoto in Philadelphia and McCrady’s in Charleston.

Describing the restaurant’s food as “a friendly spin on American comfort cuisine,” Biggers details why he is switching gears this time around:

“My background is clearly focused in fine-dining and I’m thankful to have worked with some of the best in the industry[.] But I’m from the South, and I’m ready to try something a little different—something much more personal to me. I grew up cooking chicken and dumplings with my mom, and skipped my last final at culinary school to go to a Morphine concert. I’ve been buttoned up throughout my career, but now I’m ready to loosen things up a bit. This project is truly a reflection of my own style, but I’m using everything I’ve learned along the way.”

Located at 1304 McGavock Pike in the former Perk & Cork space in Riverside Village, the menu will consist of snacks, salads and larger plates, with lunch, dinner and weekend brunch served when it opens later this spring.