End of an era: Josephine announces last day of service
In a recent post on Instagram, Karen Van Gilder-Little announced that Josephine would not be renewing the lease in its current space in 12 South. Van Gilder-Little, the restaurant’s general manager and sommelier, went on to note that the last day of service would be Saturday, December 23rd.
Chef Andy Little, the head chef and culinary force behind Josephine, took joy in melding his Pennsylvania Dutch roots with Southern ingredients and hospitality. In his time with Josphine, he earned two James Beard Semi-Finalist Best Chef (Southeast) nods.
Van Gilder-Little went on to note in the post that they’ve, “taken an immense amount of pleasure in welcoming so many guests through our doors and to our tables; guests who have now become friends. We believe we have succeeded in those goals and hope from the bottom of our hearts that we will leave Nashville just 1% better for having Josephine on 12 South for 10 years.”
The restaurant will be open during its usual hours (with the exception of holiday modifications) until December 23rd.
International Market receives Thai cuisine seal of approval
International Market has been dishing up classic Thai cuisine in Nashville since 1975. Originally opened by Win and Patti Myint, the Nashville institution was recently recognized for its fare by the Ministry of Commerce and Royal Thai Government with a Thai Select Classic Award — the first for Nashville.
The Thai Select Classic Award is similar to a Michelin recognition for Thai eateries around the globe. Part of the selection criteria includes anonymous dining visits to the restaurant where a committee considers food authenticity, heritage, atmosphere, and hospitality with high standards.
IM, which is currently operated by Win and Patti Myint’s children Anna and Arnold, is open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner service.
Burger + Grain opens in the Nations
After months of teasing on Instagram, Burger + Grain is slated to open its doors to the public on Thursday, November 9. Owned by Nashville local Chris Payne, the kitchen at the new Nations eatery is helmed by executive chef Chris Polley (formerly of True Food Kitchen) with a focus on in-house dry-aged meat, seafood, and an extensive whiskey program.
The sleek, brick-walled dining room features both communal and table seating and is anchored by an open kitchen concept churning out comfort like a giant meatball, pan-fried bologna sandwiches, dry-aged prime beef burgers topped with sous vide bacon, and Mibrasa-oven cooked branzino, ribeye, and bourbon-braised short rib tacos with tempura avocado.
Burger + Grain will be serving an all-day menu daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Teeny martinis and happy hour at Otto’s Bar
Otto’s Bar is now in the happy hour game. The West Side haunt on Charlotte Avenue announced its new “teeny martini” happy hour. For $7, you can get a half-pour of the cocktail of your choice Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Classic and specialty martinis are in the mix, including a seasonally-inspired pumpkin spice option. Additional happy hour specials include $10 small cheeseboards, $5 house wines, $1 off drafts, and $1 off well drinks.