Acclaimed Charleston restaurant Husk, which Bon Appetit named Best New Restaurant in 2011, is heading to Nashville. Neighborhood Dining Group — which owns the original Husk, McCrady's, and Queen Anne's Revenge in Charleston as well as Chicago's Steak and Seafood in Roswell, Georgia — has announced the second location of Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock's ode to Southern cuisine will open in the Spring. According to the Tennessean, the restaurant will occupy the former location of the restaurant Andrew Chadwick's, an 1895 house on the National Registry of Historic Homes.
News of this expansion comes a couple months after a lawsuit against the restaurant settled out of court. Back in August, Neighborhood Dining Group agreed to pay $1.1 million to the family of a man who died in a car crash caused by a former Husk employee, who'd been drinking at the restaurant after hours.
Husk Charleston. [Photo: Raphael Brion / Eater.com]
Before Brock landed in Charleston, he was the executive chef at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville for two and a half years. Brock tells the Tennessean that they picked Nashville for the second Husk because "It's hands down one of the most exciting towns in the South for sure," and because it's close to purveyors he already works with like pork/ham/bacon man Allan Benton. Also, according to Google maps, the amount of time it takes to drive from Nashville to the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery, home of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, is three hours forty minutes, as opposed to just over nine hours from Charleston. Doing it for the Pappy?
Husk Nashville will serve daily dinner, lunch on Fridays, and brunch on the weekends, a departure from the original which serves lunch every day except Sunday. No word on whether the new location will also have a bar attached. According to the Post and Courier, Brock will oversee the new location but plans on keeping Charleston as his home base.