Charlotte-based 5th Street Group is opening a new American restaurant in downtown Nashville later this year — and it’s called Church and Union. The fifth restaurant overall for owner/operator trio Patrick Whalen, Alejandro Torio and Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch is the first for them in Tennessee. The group’s other restaurants are in Charlotte and Charleston.
Chef Lynch brings to the table an impressive culinary background, including Le Cirque, Aureole, and Café Boulud. Since opening 5Church in 2012, he has received multiple “best chef’ accolades in Charlotte. He competed on Season 14 of Top Chef in Charleston where he made his mark with his controversial decision to give up immunity, the only time in the show’s history this has happened. Chef Jamie will also compete in the upcoming Top Chef All Stars LA Season 17, premiering in March of this year.
Since “new American” menus featuring local ingredients are quite common in Nashville, Eater asked Lynch to reveal a few examples of menu items he plans to offer. Lynch mentioned pierogies filled with curried lobster and English peas, plus a local dry-aged ribeye served with smoked polenta and alla diavola butter. “One of the things I love about modern American cuisine is the celebration of multicultural approach to our menu. I really get to bend the flavor rulebook,“ says Lynch.
Church and Union will be located in the heart of wowntown Nashville on 4th Avenue, between Church Street and Union Street. This new restaurant will be the fifth added to the group’s current portfolio, which includes 5Church Charlotte, 5Church Charleston, Sophia’s Lounge, and Tempest Restaurant.
Hopefully beginning in winter of 2020, Church and Union will be open seven days a week, serving dinner, lunch and weekend brunch with complimentary valet service.
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