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Downtown Sporting Club Reveals Chef, Reminding Nashville It’s More Than Just Ax-Throwing Here

Amy Deaderick will lead the new Broadway spot’s four dining options

Amy Deaderick
Downtown Sporting Club Announces Executive Chef Amy Deaderick
Maddie Adams

Strategic Hospitality announced today via press release that chef Amy Deaderick will lead the four dining options inside the soon to open 42,000-square-foot Downtown Sporting Club.

Southern born-and-raised Deaderick spent the last decade in kitchens throughout LA, after making a career shift from professionally playing the French horn in a touring orchestra. While touring with an orchestra around Europe, Deaderick found her interest shifting from music to food. Deaderick’s kitchen experience started in 2008 at Wolfgang Puck’s Hammer Café in LA. She began as a line cook and worked her way up to junior sous chef before serving as executive chef at Red Seven, also by Puck.

In 2011 the chef began working under the tutelage of James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Caroline Styne at The Lucques Group. Deaderick spent the next seven years with the group, first at their Los Angeles’ premiere wine bar, A.O.C., before a promotion to chef de cuisine at the restaurant group’s largest restaurant, Tavern and The Larder at Tavern. In 2018, Deaderick was promoted to executive sous chef of The Lucques Group, overseeing the culinary program of the premier restaurants at the Hollywood Bowl. While working in Los Angeles, Deaderick also worked with several influential chefs including Chris Bianco, Gabrielle Hamilton, Paul Kahan, and Alice Waters.

Downtown Sporting Club is located at 411 Broadway. Last summer, Strategic Hospitality gathered a group of investors to purchase the building after its owners said they were considering selling to an Atlanta-based development group. Benjamin and Max Goldberg, whose beloved honky-tonk Paradise Park and corporate officers were located in the building, did not want to see local ownership lost and purchased the building.

Downtown Sporting Club will offer multiple dining options, a rooftop, a bar area with games, 12 ax-throwing lanes, hotel rooms, and a rooftop bar. Downtown Sporting Club is expected to open before the NFL Draft that takes place in Nashville April 25-27.

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