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.