Following the opening of Ole Red in Tishamingo, Oklahoma last fall, Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. are set to open the doors to their newest Ole Red property on famed Lower Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville in May. Just ahead of the opening, they announced acclaimed chef Garrett Pittler as Executive Chef of the 26,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment venue.
Chef Pittler was Finalist on Food Network “Chopped”
Pittler has worked for some of Music City’s most prestigious hotels, restaurants and venues, including Omni Nashville, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel and most recently City Winery Nashville. The James Beard Award nominee was also a finalist on Food Network’s “Chopped” and has won numerous awards for his culinary prowess.
“Chef Garrett’s creative culinary skills coupled with his unique experience bringing exceptional menus to both intimate and large-scale, non-traditional spaces make him an outstanding leader for both venues at Ole Red,” said Pete Weien, Senior Vice President of New Venue and Retail Operations for Opry Entertainment.
Ole Red Offers Two Distinct Dining Areas
Ole Red will feature two distinct dining experiences. The downstairs entertainment space will offer traditional Southern fare with a twist. Menu items will include catfish corndogs, Nashville hot chicken biscuit and champagne bucket of chicken. On the rooftop, The Lookout at Ole Red will feature small plates and unique, specialty hand crafted cocktails along with top shelf bourbon, rye, Casamigos and Codigo tasting flights.
“We’re excited to add to the dining experience at Ole Red through the food and beverage offerings in our Nashville location,” adds Pittler. “The restaurant menu will feature Southern comfort food and adventurous bites like catfish corndogs, pulled bar-b-que mushroom sandwich and signature Ole Red Onion Burger. On the rooftop, The Lookout at Ole Red menu will offer shareable small plates like pimento cheese burrata, Nashville hot calamari and fresh seafood bank. From traditional to imaginative, our intention is to provide unique menu options that satisfy every craving.”
Pittler will also oversee menu options for Ole Red’s private event space, The Hall at Ole Red, which can host anywhere between 200 to 300 guests. The private event space will feature a spectacular view of Lower Broadway with a distinct look and feel of its own and can be used to host private parties, small conferences or industry events.
Venue Features Multiple Spaces Including an Event Space
Designed to embody the spirit of Shelton’s chart-topping hit “Ol’ Red,” the venue includes a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and private VIP booths for small groups. The property will also feature a third floor, private event space and a separate dining menu for the 6,000-square-foot rooftop with an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant showcasing panoramic views of Lower Broadway.
The performance space at Ole Red Nashville will be equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and acoustics tailor-made for the event programming that will take place there, including intimate concerts, live-band karaoke and showcases for up-and-coming talent. Additional programming details will be announced closer to opening.