Aura Restaurant Bringing Global Flavors to Midtown



Aura, a new restaurant featuring “world fusion” cuisine, small plates and specialty cocktails is under construction in a high-profile location on Division Street in Midtown.

It’s going in at 1811 Division St., the home of Virago before it moved to its vast current space in the Gulch.

Aura’s managing partner is a longtime Nashville restaurateur, Mathew Igwonobe, whose past projects include owning Quails restaurant in Brentwood. He also did a stint as chef at Mere Bulles and Merchants.

Igwonobe promises a diverse menu with globally inspired cuisine, including a separate lunch menu. He also said he’ll use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. The cocktails will be made with fresh fruit juices and herbs, he added.

The team is doing an extensive overhaul of the space, both inside and out. Igwonobe hopes to open sometime in the next three weeks. A sneak peek at the menu is available at

A version of this story appeared in this week's Food Biz column in The City Paper and online in the Nashville Post.

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