Jane’s Hideaway is a new bar that recently opened in historic Printer’s Alley — with plenty of not-your-basic-downtown live music alongside a small but might food and drink menu (including a weekend bluegrass brunch). And even better for holiday diehards in 2020 — there’s a pop-up Christmas cocktail bar upstairs, named Candy Cane Jane’s.
Owned by John Peet (House of Cards, Old Glory), the new watering hole with strong Southern Americana accepts opened up in September at 209 3rd Ave North (the former home of Sea Salt which closed in May). More historically, though, that address once housed legendary saxophonist Boots Randolph’s supper club. Visitors can enter off Third Avenue or through the back Printer’s Alley entrance (just follow the signs to the bar).
The Jane’s owners also finished out the rooftop space — which they’re calling Jane’s On Top. Last weekend, though, it debuted as the city’s first holiday pop-up of the season, Candy Cane Jane’s — open every weekend throughout the holidays. Candy Cane Jane’s is a forest of lit Christmas tree, tucked away on the sixth floor (featuring great views) above the self-coined “Tennessee supper club”. To enter — head into Jane’s and grab the elevator to the sixth floor for plenty of photo opps, socially distanced holiday vibes, and George Dickel-spiked hot cocoa.
Back downstairs, a short menu from Chef E.M. Bortolacci (who spent time previously in the kitchens at Cafe Roze and Otaku) adds more much needed comforting vibes. The dinner and brunch menus offer reinvented riffs on Southern classics. On the current dinner menu, find pink deviled eggs, chorizo hush puppies, and even Delta-style tamales to start, among others. Entree options include a Porter Road blade steak, or Jane’s grilled cheese served on Village Bakery sour dough (with optional Porter Road short rib upgrade) and a side salad featuring Greener Roots baby mustard greens.
Owner John Peet and bar manager Keyvan Aminloo (Attaboy) designed a beverage lineup that is a direct nod to Middle Tennessee — featuring lesser known local products and seasonal cocktails.
At brunch, find familiar basic breakfasts, omelettes, and pancake stacks — all of which pairs well with the namesake Jane’s bloody mary. They come served here with a “bloody buddy” — a bowl on the side with all the classic bloody mary accompaniments.
Also for brunch: Jane’s Benedict is a savory French toast, topped with choice of pork belly or short rib. There’s also a savory rendition of chicken and waffles — a corn and chili waffle crowned with crispy fried chicken, ancho honey, and cilantro creme.
The name hideaway implies an escape. With Janes, the owners wanted to create “an escape into authenticity” — partnering with local farmers, distillers, brewers, and musicians to provide an experience with a sense of place. “As for Jane, she prefers to remain a mystery,” says owner John Peet.
“Opening Jane’s in Printers Alley was a dream come true. The historic location is perfect for our concept. We were fortunate to be able to provide work for many unemployed friends during this time. We put out a call to out of work service industry and artist friends for help in the remodel and rehab process. Many of the folks who helped us clean, paint, and redesign the space still work with us now that we’re open. As the pandemic continues, we will continue to follow all federal and local guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our guests and our staff,” says Peet.
The design at Jane’s is both comforting and visually interesting. The overall aesthetic is inviting yet eclectic, paying homage to the building’s timeless architecture.
Jane’s Hideaway is open Wednesday through Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. and for bluegrass brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Jane’s Hideaway [Instagram]
Candy Cane Jane’s [Instagram]
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