Co-owners Jessica Bower and Greg Biggers are ready to debut their new East Nashville neighborhood restaurant later this week, as Fort Louise opens for its first dinner service this Friday at 5 p.m.
Located at 1304 McGavock Pike next to Mitchell Deli in Inglewood, Bower enlisted Biggers, currently executive chef at Chicago restaurant Cafe de Architectes in the Sofitel Hotel, to oversee the menu creation, which they describe as “a friendly spin on American comfort cuisine[.]” And Eater has the first look at everything there is to eat and drink.
While Biggers will continue to spend most of his time in Chicago, he has brought on Jonathan Hawks, most recently executive chef at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel, as chef de cuisine to oversee the day-to-day operations. The lunch and dinner menus cover a good bit of ground, offering everything from monkey bread with a beef fat candle to a bucket of curry fried chicken and baby back ribs. At lunch there is also an option for the ‘Fort Louise MRE’ (short for Meal, Ready to Eat) which includes a sandwich, side, soft serve ice cream and a non-alcoholic drink for $13. Brunch options range from challah French toast, braised pork chilaquiles and the ubiquitous avocado toast to the Double Fort burger.
On the beverage side, Fort Louise offers a full bar, with small wine and beer lists. Eight house cocktails are also featured, along with one large format punch that serves two to four.
While opening for dinner only this Friday, going forward the restaurant will serve lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m., with service running until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch will also be served on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the restaurant closed on Monday.