Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria co-owners Clint Gray, Derrick ‘Mo’ Moore and E.J. Reed are joining with Gemaal Pratts (Aperitif) to open a new cocktail bar in the coming months — in the former home of much missed Garden Brunch cafe at 924 Jefferson Street.
According to the Nashville Business Journal, the trio’s new restaurant and bar will be called “E, G & Mc” — which they say represents two things — their initials (Emanuel, Gemaal, ‘Mo’, and Clint) or “educated, gifted, melanated creatives.”
E, G & Mc will open in the next two to three months with a menu by Slim & Husky’s executive chef Jason Williams. Gray told NBJ the will be Southern in flavor, but served tapas style with a modern edge. “We want it to feel like cooking in the kitchen with your grandma, but with a modern feel,” says Gray.
Pratts’ cocktail business Aperitif focuses on upscale bar events and catering described on its website as “Nashville’s premier cocktail and libation experience firm”.
“That’s the representation behind who we are as four, young African-American men seeking to provide a creative, high-end product within the hospitality industry,” Gray said. “Our theme behind E, G & Mc is ‘all things progressive’. We want to be a space that is open to a community that’s looking to network, work together, enhance themselves and be able to have some good cocktails and food to go with it,” Gray told the Business Journal.
The Slim & Husky’s owners also announced two other projects up their sleeves for the North side of town — a space they’ve dubbed Pizza Park (right beside their cinnamon roll focused spot the Rollout at 1004 Buchanan Street) which will host outdoor events with plenty of seating space, and NKA “Inka” Gallery, highlight all things art, fashion, music and culinary at 915 Buchanan (right beside the original Slim & Husky’s location).