This Week's Dining Column: The New, Revamped O'Charley's

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In today's issue of the Scene, Steve Cavendish checks out the ubiquitous casual dining chain O'Charley's, which has seen some changes under its new owners, Fidelity National Financial. Last year Fidelity National Financial decided to overhaul both the restaurants and the menu.

"I would encourage you, in the first or second quarter of next year, to take a trip to where some of the stores have been remodeled and just take a look and try the food, because it's outstanding," Fidelity National CEO George Foley told the Scene's sister publication, Nashville Post, in November.

Cavendish did just that, checking out the new O'Charley's. His story begins with his teenage memories of O'Charley's, then continues with a present-day account of persuading his reluctant wife to join him for a meal at the revised version. One positive thing that Cavendish notes is consistently good chicken dishes. Some other items were less satisfactory.

Read the full story here.

O'Charley's launched its first restaurant in Nashville more than 40 years ago, on 21st Avenue across from Vanderbilt. So there's a deep history here. How about you, Bites folks? Has anybody tried O'Charley's under the new ownership? Do you, like Cavendish, have some funny memories about the bastion of chicken tenders and bleu-cheese iceberg wedges?

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