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The Team Behind Sylvan Park’s Answer Unveil Flatiron in Midtown Next Month

Answer’s chef Chris Raucci and Victoria Rothberg set up shop in the former Union Common space

Answer’s Victoria Rothberg and chef Chris Raucci debut an anticipated Midtown restaurant next month.
Flatiron [official photo]

A new Nashville hangout for laid-back American eats and weekday happy hour breathes fresh life into Midtown’s iconic flatiron building next month.

Chef Chris Raucci and Victoria Rothberg’s 140-seat restaurant, aptly named Flatiron, is scheduled to open on Monday, May 3, at the Broadway-Division split (1929 Broadway).

Flatiron’s menu looks a lot different than Answer, the team’s beloved Sylvan Park sister spot known for globally-influenced and seasonal small plates. Flatiron’s casual lineup for daily lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch will largely swing American, with some modern touches sprinkled throughout.

Starters like whipped goat cheese, dry-rubbed wings, crab and artichoke dip are joined by plentiful salads dressed with crispy tofu and quinoa or steak. A “sandwiches & such” section includes a classic, veggie or tuna burger, oyster po’boy and roast pork on a toasted hoagie with caramelized onions, smoked provolone, and cherry pepper relish. Surf-and-turf mains include grilled salmon, filets, spaghetti and meatballs, and fish and chips.

Owner and GM Rothberg envisions Flatiron as a “fun, approachable” environment for locals and tourists alike. Weekday happy hour slashes prices on snacks, drafts, and wine, with a new cocktail popping every week. The bar will also sling rotating beers on draft and wines by the glass or bottle.

Flatiron slides into the space formerly occupied by steakhouse Union Common, which closed last January after a six-year run. The reimagined setup sports 40 seats at a central bar surrounded by big screen TVs. A colorful mural starring recognizable sights in Nashville and Tennessee is currently getting splashed around the facade.

The anticipated opening comes after a full year of delays caused by COVID-19.

“We were ramping up to open Flatiron in May 2020, but we quickly went into survival mode at answer.,” says Raucci.

Answer is currently open for happy hour and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, with the whole menu available for carryout.