James Beard Award-winning chef Tandy Wilson’s second project, a more casual restaurant focusing on barbecue chicken and other Southern staples, opens Monday, September 10. Appealing to the more casual side with Mop / Broom Mess Hall (read as Mop and Broom Mess Hall), Wilson’s going with a non-fussy no-reservations sort of place serving food like he cooks at home. Just blocks away from his essential Germantown restaurant City House, it’s the replacement for short-lived Kuchnia & Keller in the former Southern Broom & Mop Co warehouse.
Wilson will serve his own family’s barbecue chicken recipe by the quarter or half, plus sausages, hush-puppy-battered catfish, and other Southern-inspired dishes. An arugula salad topped with crunchy quinoa, sunflower seeds, and a green dragon dressing provides a lighter option. Desserts offerings include nostalgic treats like chocolate sheet cake and lemon bars. Mop / Broom will offer a full bar with a focus on custom sodas, mixed drinks, beer, and an “accessible” wine list.
Inside the space, expect a bright, open dining room with an expansive bar and chef’s counter. The outdoor patio features a vivid new mural painted by Nashville-based artist Nathan Brown.
Mop / Broom Mess Hall will be open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.