Longtime Nashville chefs Tom Bayless (Urban Cowboy Public House, Bastion, the Catbird Seat) and Dauer Ellis (Folk, Rolf and Daughters) open Bokbox today. The two seasoned chefs are serving crispy-skinned, coal-roasted chicken and rice from a walk-up window on weekdays in East Nashville.
The two chefs have combined skills to create what Bayless says a simple product done really well. Bayless says the two have amended improved upon the already much-loved chicken he served at Urban Cowboy Public House. The chicken is roasted with coal and smoke, then finished on straight old charcoal-chicken for crispy skin. It’ll come boxed up over “really good “ short grain rice. See the menu below — boxes are $16 and are served with a side and sauce like yogurt ranch or creamy dijon.
Bokbox has no inside seating — just a walk-up window and some outside tables at 604 Gallatin Avenue, Suite 203, in the building at the southwest corner of Eastland and Gallatin. The boxed format does, however, make it easy to grab and go back to the office or the car to eat.
Note that Bokbox does not accept cash — credit cards only here. Website ordering will be available soon for pick-up orders, and the charcoal chicken will also hit the road via Postmates for delivery.
Bokbox Nashville is now open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until they run out of that charcoal chicken and rice.
On a phone interview, Bayless also hinted at another future project in the works, so stay tuned to see what’s next in Nashville for the chefs.