Chef John Besh is best known for his affiliation with Louisiana, where he’s opened a diverse group of restaurants over the past decade and served as a culinary ambassador of sorts. But his latest project, Marsh House, finds its niche in another Southern town: Nashville, where the focus is on seafood.
His latest endeavor is a 100-seat stunner that sits on the ground floor of the Thompson Nashville hotel. Eater Nashville got an inside look at the space, which opened last Monday.
Inspired by Southern estate green rooms, the restaurant comes complete with “custom light fixtures, concrete patterned flooring, marsh-inspired wall coverings and a killer tile and tambour bar as the main focal point.”
In total, Besh will oversee the operation of three new concepts inside the Thompson hotel: The Marsh House, a fast-casual breakfast and lunch spot called Killebrew Coffee, and a rooftop bar serving cocktails and small plates.
Besh is a New Orleans culinary icon who opened his first restaurant, August, in 2001. Today, he counts more than a dozen restaurants under the Besh Restaurant Group umbrella, including nine in New Orleans, one in San Antonio, and one in Baltimore. In 2006, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast.
Though his empire has grown in recent years, Besh’s focus has largely been on Louisiana; he’s played an integral role in charitable efforts to preserve the Bayou, especially in the eleven years since the area was hit by Hurricane Katrina.