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Jody Faison, the restaurant impresario who breathed life into Nashville's nascent culinary community nearly three decades ago, is on his way to law school.

Three years after exiting the restaurant business, Faison—who previously owned Faison's, 12th & Porter, Iguana, Pub of Love, Cafe 123, Jody's Hot Chicken Shack and Jody's Bar Car—will matriculate to Nashville School of Law in January.

When he graduates, he'll have a job waiting for him at the law firm of Durham & Dread, where fellow NSL alumnus Adam Dread plans to ramp up the restaurant-related part of his practice, as soon as he rolls off the Metro Council as an at-large representative next month.

"We'd like to work with restaurants, with codes issues, ABC issues and Beer Board issues—things I'm all too familiar with," says Faison. This won't be the first time Dread and Faison have worked together. A young Dread served as the first manager at Faison's restaurant on Belcourt, where the Trace now stands.

Since giving up the restaurant gig, Faison has been writing music and putting together a CD on his indie label, Hot Chicken Club. If you can't wait to see Faison's work in court, catch his crooning at Kimbro's in Franklin on Sept. 19 at 7:30.


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