Developers Pick Miranda Whitcomb Pontes To Launch Restaurant, Called Josephine, in 12 South Flats

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A drawing of the planned 12 South Flats development
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Restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, known for her popular 12South businesses Burger Up and Frothy Monkey (which she founded in 2004 before selling her stake to her associates a few years ago), is the entrepreneur behind Josephine, the new cafe that will open in the ground floor of the ambitious 12 South Flats mixed-use development, coming to the neighborhood later this year.

Chef Phillip Shyatt, a veteran of Burger Up, will run the kitchen at Josephine.

The announcement that Pontes is the restaurateur chosen to lease the 3,000-square-foot space in 12 South Flats may be a savvy move by the project's developers, H.G. Hill Realty and Southeast Venture. Not only does she have a a solid restaurant resume, she is closely associated with the neighborhood and its renaissance. The developers have taken flak from some neighbors who aren't thrilled by the scale of the apartment-and-retail project or the fact that pioneering local business Rumours Wine and Art Bar was torn down to clear the way for the new venture. (Meanwhile, Rumours is scheduled to reopen soon at 12th and Division in the Gulch.)

My colleagues over at Nashville Post have more details about Josephine. Check out the story here.

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