Social concept steakhouse Union Common plans summer opening in Nashville
New Midtown restaurant focuses on shared plates for group dining
NASHVILLE, Tn. (April 23, 2014) - - - The restaurateurs behind La Coop: Bistro à Vins and Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar in Louisville, Ky. with executive chef Bobby Benjamin plan to open Union Common in Midtown this summer. Located at 1929 Broadway at the corner of Broadway and Division St., Union Common will focus on shared plates including bar snacks, fresh seafood and aged steaks paired with an extensive wine and whiskey list for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The 125-seat social concept steakhouse is built around easy sharing and group dining allowing guests to customize a meal to their cravings.
The name Union Common stems from the idea of friends and family coming together, breaking bread and enjoying a memorable evening. Executive chef Bobby Benjamin, who earned a “Best New Restaurant” award from Louisville Magazine for La Coop in 2013 and spent time at Capitol Grille and Flyte in Nashville, will lead the kitchen in creating dishes like loaded tater tots with bacon crème fraiche; grilled dry-aged bone-in ribeye with citrus gremolata; and Southern fried pork chop with bacon-tomato jus.
“We think the dining experience should be like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book,” said Benjamin. “You can start with something small and then decide if you want to make a big meal out of it or just share a few bites with friends without any restraints.”
Owner and Tennessee native Brett Davis, one of 135 master sommeliers in the country and the first to operate a restaurant in the state, collected nearly 200 wines that will be available by the glass or bottle, 10 of which will be on tap. The bar program will also include over 100 whiskeys, six beers on tap and a selection of craft cocktails.
Lynh Nguyen of LDN Interiors designed the 4,200 square foot restaurant space pulling inspiration from the building’s art deco architecture and in part, from steakhouses of the past. By incorporating elements of Art Deco and industrial design, Nguyen created a comfortable but elegant atmosphere at Union Common. The distinct brass, gray and black color scheme is highlighted by red vinyl seating and marble-topped tables in a nod to vintage steakhouses. The dining room seating is composed with large parties and shared plates in mind, as referenced by the menu and Union Common name. Seating for parties of four or more, along with traditional tables for two, and plush booths are accented by a stunning 27-seat bar, a lively focal point that will serve as the center of attention for the venue.
About Chef Bobby Benjamin:
Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies grad Bobby Benjamin honed his culinary skills in the field in stage positions for nationally renowned chefs Sean Brock, Wolfgang Puck and Gino Angelini before returning to Louisville to work at The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel. He joined the DC Management team in 2012 to open La Coop: Bistro à Vins, which was named Louisville Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant 2013.”
About DC Management:
The veteran restaurant development team at DC Management is comprised of restaurateurs Steven and Michael Ton, master sommelier Brett Davis, attorney Chip Hamm and chef Bobby Benjamin. As a group, they run La Coop: Bistro à Vins and Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar in Louisville, Ky. Doc Crow’s opened in 2011 and was one of the key players in revitalizing Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row. The menu showcases traditional Southern fare, barbecue and bourbon. La Coop: Bistro à Vins, located inside the award-winning Green Building in Louisville’s NuLu district (one of Food & Wine’s “10 Best Foodie Streets in America”), features French comfort food with a Southern twist.
About Union Common:
Union Common is a social concept steakhouse featuring shareable plates paired with an extensive wine and whiskey selection. The restaurant is located at 1929 Broadway in Midtown and will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Share and socialize with Union Common on Facebook and Twitter.
Note: Additional renderings of restaurant space available upon request.