This evening at 5 p.m., the hotly anticipated new Germantown restaurant and bar Henrietta Red will open to the public. It’s the culmination of a years’ long journey for chef Julia Sullivan and her business partner, general manager and sommelier Allie Poindexter, who have teamed up with Strategic Hospitality on the project. And without having even served their first official guest, it’s already one of the best dining spaces in the city.
Located at 1200 4th Avenue North, the bright, warm space, designed by Poindexter’s sister Kathryn Lager of Kathryn Lager Design Studio out of Los Angeles and local firm Manuel Zeitlin Architects, is split between the barroom and main dining room. The barroom offers seating for 35, divided primarily between the bar and communal tables. The main dining room offers seating for 70, as well as a dedicated oyster bar with seating for six. The open kitchen allows diners a view of the action, along with the tiled six-foot wood burning oven. And in true Nashville fashion, a number of local artisans were brought in on the project, including Ferrin Ironworks, Christian Fecht of Fecht Design, Southern Lights, 5 String Furniture, Caleb Simpson of High Plains Drifter, New Hat Projects and more.