Encore Announces Fourth Restaurant Tenant: Fulton's Tavern

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The Encore tower already has one restaurant tenant going strong, Etch, which recently announced an expansion — co-owner Doug Hogrefe said in June that Etch is taking another 1,200 square feet for kitchen storage a little more seating —
and two more Encore restaurants are on the way: Second Wind cafe and wine bar, and farm-to-table restaurant The Farm House.

Now, as my Nashville Post colleague William Williams reports, a fourth restaurant is in the works: Fulton's Tavern, which will occupy the northeast corner of Encore’s street-level space.

Fulton's Tavern, described as "an American pub with Irish pub traditions," is restaurateur Luke McKee’s second concept planned for Encore. The tavern will be adjacent to his cafe/wine bar/coffeehouse Second Wind, which is set to open in August. McKee is also in the process of remodeling the former Red Rooster space on Demonbreun Street and has plans to unveil additional restaurants in the area.

The footprint of Fulton's Tavern also includes a 30- to 40-seat patio on Demobreun. McKee has hired a chef, Frank Aloise, who has cooked in restaurants from Boston to Tennessee, including time at the Copper Cellar in Knoxville and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. In his release, McKee did not give an opening date for Fulton's Tavern

You can read the full press release after the jump:

Encore Leases 75 Percent of Retail Space With Addition of Locally Grown Pub Fulton’s Tavern

Nashville, Tenn. — SoBro residents and visitors have a new reason to raise a glass, with the addition of original pub concept Fulton’s Tavern. The Nashville-born restaurant is bound for the street-level retail space of Encore, the mixed-use condominium development at 301 Demonbreun Street. With the Fulton’s Tavern lease completed, Encore’s 20,000- square-foot retail space is now 75 percent occupied.

Caddy-corner to The Southern, 4,000-square-foot pub Fulton’s Tavern is restaurateur Luke McKee’s second concept slated to open in Encore. Described by McKee as an American pub with Irish traditions, it will be adjacent to his 1,300-square-foot coffee bar, Second Wind, which is set to open in August. McKee is also in the process of remodeling the former Red Rooster space on Demonbreun Street and has plans to unveil additional restaurants in the area.

“Fulton’s Tavern coming to Encore is just another signal of SoBro’s dynamism,” said Tony Giarratana, president of Giarratana Development, who partnered in developing Encore. “With the Music City Center nearing completion and surging demand for quality retail, this area is becoming one of Nashville’s hottest destinations.”

The new lease comes weeks after the announcement that noted local chef Deb Paquette is expanding her new restaurant Etch, also located in Encore, by 1,250 square feet. Fulton’s Tavern is the third Encore retail addition in 2013, following Second Wind and farm-to-table restaurant The Farm House.

McKee said Fulton’s Tavern will feature a menu of “comfort food” entrees including gourmet burgers and grilled cheeses, along with simple appetizers. Chef Frank Aloise has worked with restaurants from Boston to Tennessee, including the Copper Cellar in Knoxville and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. For Fulton’s Tavern, his focus will be delivering high-quality, familiar dishes with a polished presentation.

“Fulton’s Tavern is a place where people can feel just as comfortable showing up in a business suit as a sweatshirt after a Preds game,” McKee said. “SoBro has a unique mix of locally owned restaurants, and our goal for Fulton’s Tavern is to bring a polished yet casual option where everyone feels welcome.”

McKee said the pub will have a classic tavern feel with a trendy feel, featuring booths along the windows and semi-private and private dining areas for parties and meetings. The footprint includes a patio on Demonbreun Street, with seating for 30 to 40.

Austin Benedict of Colliers International in Nashville, manages the retail leasing for Encore, and Fletcher Elkington with Elkington Real Estate Group represented the tenant during negotiations. The pub’s architect is Graham Reese of Memphis-based Graham Reese Design Group. Reese also designed Second Wind and has worked on projects for as Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Metropolitan Bank.

“The addition of Fulton’s Tavern further cements Third & Demonbreun’s reputation as an emerging hotspot,” Benedict said. “With The Southern and Schermerhorn just across the street, Etch in the building and now the arrival of Fulton’s, this intersection of SoBro will provide a very special experience to those downtown.”

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