NEW GERMANTOWN RESTAURANT HENRIETTA RED TO OPEN LATER THIS YEAR
Nashville Native Julia Sullivan to be Chef, Co-owner with friend and colleague Allie Poindexter and partners with Strategic Hospitality
NASHVILLE, TENN. (May 25, 2016) – Nashville native Julia Sullivan has partnered with hospitality professional Allie Poindexter with plans to open Henrietta Red, a 4,500-square-foot restaurant and bar in the heart of Germantown.
Situated on the corner of 4th and Madison, Henrietta Red will be a convivial and comfortable gathering place for all occasions, from happy hour conversations to family dinners. Airy and inviting, the front door will open to a lively bar, featuring patterned ceramic tile, mirrored back bar, and comfortable seating options. Guests will have the option to dine in the bar, which will offer a selection of oysters and other raw bar items, as well as access to the entire dining room menu. Communal tables will encourage a casual atmosphere for barroom dining.
The dining room will seat approximately 70 guests in a warm environment with attentive and welcoming service. Banquettes along the wall will be wrapped in a textured fabric, with the entire restaurant echoing soft tones of blues, greens and purples. A subtle coastal influence will envelope the space, as the name is tribute to Sullivan’s grandparents, Henrietta, who was from a small town on the Intercoastal Waterway in South Carolina, and her husband Edgar, a Southern gentleman and beloved redhead. The menu and décor of Henrietta Red harken to their warm and generous spirit.
“I’m thrilled to be back in my hometown and have the opportunity to share so much of my heart with Nashville, “ said Sullivan. “The food, décor, and ambience all comes from a genuine desire to create a lovely neighborhood space for people to enjoy. I love the idea of cooking seasonal, vegetable-driven food that is bright and satisfying, and then gathering all of my friends around a table for a simple, delicious meal. That is how Henrietta Red will feel.”
Sullivan, who attended CIA and has experience at notable New York kitchens, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Per Se and Franny’s, returned home in 2013 to pursue her longtime goal of opening a restaurant. She was an opening sous chef at Pinewood Social upon returning, and more recently consulted on menus for Dozen Bakery and Steadfast Coffee. The menu at Henrietta Red will feature contemporary, seasonal food with influence from her previous experiences. Plates will be conducive for sharing and highlight local produce and proteins. The raw bar will feature oysters from various regions, as well as other seafood, when available.
Sullivan has enlisted friend, hospitality veteran, and Virginia-native Allie Poindexter as the General Manager. Allie and Julia met while working at Haven’s Kitchen in New York and recognized their shared passion for the restaurant industry. Poindexter’s love of food expanded during her graduate years at NYU where she studied World History with a focus in Food Studies. She has kept food as the constant in her professional career, from an editorial assistant for Saveur Magazine to a freelancer for other food publications, including Gourmet Live and Epicurious. She also worked in restaurants during this time, including Birreria at Eataly in Manhattan. When Poindexter became the Programming and Outreach Manager at Haven’s Kitchen, she and Sullivan developed a strong working relationship and interest in entrepreneurship.
Strategic Hospitality will be partnering with Sullivan and Poindexter on Henrietta Red. “I have actually known Julia since 1st grade, so to be able to work with her in this capacity and bring this restaurant to our hometown is really a dream come true,” said Max Goldberg, co-owner of Strategic Hospitality. Henrietta Red is expected to open Fall 2016. To learn more about the restaurant, you can follow them @HenriettaRed on Instagram.