21c Museum Hotel and Executive Chef Levon Wallace Open Gray & Dudley in Nashville on Tuesday, April 25
Award-winning Hospitality Group to open its seventh property, located in Downtown Nashville's historic Gray & Dudley building
Nashville, TN (April 24, 2017) - 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant group, is pleased to announce that Gray & Dudley, the restaurant located inside 21c Museum Hotel Nashville (221 2nd Avenue North) will open April 25, 2017, with the hotel scheduled to open shortly thereafter. Gray & Dudley, led by executive chef and 21c alum Levon Wallace, will showcase the chef's commitment to sourcing local, high-quality seasonal ingredients and thoughtful yet simple cooking techniques.
"I'm looking forward to continuing to explore the local ingredients of the region at Gray & Dudley," said Wallace. "I'm excited to bring my vision to this menu, creating dishes inspired by both my West Coast roots and my travels."
The restaurant name is an homage to the building's past life housing the Gray & Dudley Company, which redeveloped the building around 1899 using the first floor as its retail showroom and upper floors for wholesale hardware operations. The former use of the building provided inspiration to 21c and the design team led by Deborah Berke Partners as they reimagined the space as a restaurant and lounge, embracing and celebrating both the history of the space and the future of modern hospitality at Gray & Dudley.
The menu will offer guests the opportunity for shared experiences and culinary discovery, regardless of whether Gray & Dudley is their destination for social gatherings, special celebrations or casual bites. On any occasion, guests will receive heartfelt hospitality at every encounter. Wallace's approach is eclectic with a variety of influences, inspired his own West Coast roots. From the traditional hearth oven comes House Bacon & Onion Tart with buttermilk, black pepper and olive oil. The market-driven menu will change frequently with a selection of dishes that are fresh, bright, simple and playful, such as Gulf Catch Ceviche with avocado, mint, bourbon barrel soy and puffed rice; Lumpia with boudin and pepper jelly; Shrimp Noodles with jalapeno spaghetti, fennel sofrito, garlic-lemon crunch; Half Chicken with grilled bread, lemon, chicories and pan gravy; and Thin Cut Pork Chops with Grana, Herb Salad, Pickled Peppers, Cast Iron Peas. Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies with ice milk is the perfect ending.
Guests at Gray & Dudley can expect a thoughtfully curated list of classic cocktails and an informed and engaged staff to guide those who seek to venture beyond familiar territory. The wine list is familiar and inviting and meant to be enjoyed. Wallace previously worked with 21c Museum Hotels in Louisville, when he joined Proof on Main in 2012. During his time there, 21c Louisville was selected among Bon Appetit's "10 Best Hotels for Food Lovers" and he was selected by Star Chefs as the 2014 Rising Star Chef. Wallace returned to 21c Museum Hotels in September of 2016 after serving as the opening Executive Chef of James Beard Award winner Donald Link's Cochon Butcher Nashville.
The front-of-house team at Gray & Dudley is led by Food and Beverage Director Shane Batchelor, previously of Nashville's Strategic Hospitality where he oversaw restaurant operations. Batchelor also oversees banquets, catering and in-room dining services.
Guests will enter Gray & Dudley via Banker's Alley, between Second and Third Avenues in downtown Nashville. Inside, they'll find a lively yet relaxed reprieve from the commotion of Broadway, and an ambiance that plays with the grit of the building's history but maintains an element of sophistication. The east dining room, bar and lounge space soars with double-height ceilings, grounded by a custom wood and blackened steel bar with copper and zinc accents. The rich color palate and industrial materials juxtapose the space's past and future. The west dining room is intimate, with a more refined décor of marble accents and softer materials. Two private dining rooms, each with seating for 12, can be used independently or in unison for casual or more ceremonious group events for up to 24. Large historic windows overlook Banker's Alley, bringing renewed attention to the underutilized downtown passage.
The opening exhibition at Gray & Dudley, entitled Menagerie, features the work of Beth Cavener Stichter. From her Emotions series, the ceramic sculptures combine human and animal traits and are named for the four "humours," the Greco-Roman theory that physical health and personality are determined by the relative balance of bodily fluids. Adjacent 21c Museum galleries showcase exhibitions of contemporary art as well as permanent site-specific installations, where exploration over cocktails or following a meal is encouraged.
Gray & Dudley is open from 5:30pm - 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. The lounge is open 5:00pm - 12:00am Sunday through Thursday and 5:00pm - 1:00am Friday and Saturday, serving the bar menu until 12:00am. Expanded hours of service will be announced at a later date in conjunction with the opening of 21c Nashville. Gray & Dudley also provides all banquet and catering services and in-room dining for 21c Nashville. For more information, visit GrayAndDudley.com or follow on Instagram @GrayandDudley.
Room reservations, packages, group bookings and events at 21c Nashville are now available for May 10, 2017 and beyond. For information or to book, visit www.21cNashville.com or call 615.610.6400.
About 21c Museum Hotel Nashville
21c Museum Hotel Nashville, opening spring 2017, is a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and chef-driven restaurant. Building on its mission of engaging the public with contemporary art and supporting the revitalization of American downtowns, 21c is rehabilitating the historic Gray & Dudley Building in Downtown Nashville near Printer's Alley. The 124-room property will feature a 10,500 square foot contemporary art museum open to the public free of charge 7 days a week and offering curated exhibitions, interactive site specific installations and a full roster of cultural programming; a locally grounded restaurant and bar led by Chef Levon Wallace; a spa; and seven rooftop terrace suites, including the spacious 21c suite, with up-close views of the Cumberland River and surrounding historic district.
About 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville, Kentucky-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple opened the first 21c Museum Hotel in 2006 along downtown Louisville's West Main Street, rehabilitating a series of 19th century warehouses. Much more than just a place to spend the night, 21c is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, careful design and culinary creativity - all anchored by a multi-venue contemporary art museum with thought-provoking exhibitions, interactive site-specific art installations and a full roster of cultural programming. 21c operates hotels in Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bentonville, Arkansas; Durham, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A 21c Museum Hotel is under construction in Kansas City, Missouri, and under development in Miami, Florida. The company is equally focused on creating unique, chef-driven restaurants that are as much a part of the community as the hotel. 21c operates a diverse roster of restaurants including Proof on Main at 21c Louisville, Metropole at 21c Cincinnati, The Hive at 21c Bentonville, Counting House at 21c Durham, Lockbox at 21c Lexington, Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge at 21c Oklahoma City and Garage Bar in Louisville, Kentucky. Visit www.21cMuseumHotels.com for more information.