Pub5, a Sister Restaurant to 12South Taproom, Opens Downtown

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The owners of the popular 12South Taproom have opened a new establishment just off Lower Broadway. Called Pub5, it aims to combine culinary sophistication and a casual pub vibe, staking out a historic storefront on Fifth Avenue South, directly across from Bridgestone Arena.

The team behind Pub5 (presumably the restauran'ts name refers to the fact it's on Fifth Avenue South) consists of entrepreneurs Will Shuff, Alex Torres and Jamy Borda, and the executive chef is Chris Futrell, most recently of Silo.

Pub5 opened a week ago and is rolling out the food and drinks menu in stages, starting with small plates and sandwiches, with entrees debuting this weekend. Also this weekend, they’ll be adding cocktails to the beverage list of craft beer and wines.

The menu is intriguing. Pub5 is one of the few places I know of in town that serves the folksy Canadian specialty known as poutine, which unites cheese curds and french fries, topped with brown gravy. The smoked clam chowder is also quite hearty, with littleneck clams, Benton’s bacon and leeks, with a dollop of caviar.

The Pub5 Burger uses local grass-fed beef from Gourmet Pasture, and the toppings change daily. The menu itself will change based on seasonal ingredients.

The cozy interior reveals the building’s historic bones (part of the structure dates to the early 1800s), with exposed brickwork. In addition to the ground-floor pub, there is private dining space on the second floor and a rooftop bar that is sure to be a hot ticket this spring.

Pub5 is at 104 Fifth Ave. S. The phone number is 780-4005. It serves lunch and dinner daily.

A version of this story appeared in my Food Biz column in today's print edition of The City Paper, and online in the Nashville Post.

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