Deacon’s New South Names New Chef de Cuisine

Deacon's New South

Deacon’s New South, a modern steakhouse featuring dry-aged steaks and robust vegetables, today announced A. Joel Harrington as its new chef de cuisine. Harrington will serve as Chef Travis Sparks’ second-in-command, working closely with the culinary team to ensure day-to-day kitchen operations run smoothly while infusing new flavors of the South into Deacon’s menu. Deacon's New South A. Joel Harrington

“We could not be more excited to expand our team and welcome Joel to our Deacon’s New South family,” said General Manager Jenn McCarthy. “His experience and talent will help shape our Spring and Summer menus and further position Deacon’s New South as a top choice in modern Southern dining.”

A “seasoned” chef, Harrington brings nearly 20 years of culinary experience from several esteemed restaurants across the U.S. He received his degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and served as a sous chef at Restaurant Aquavit in New York in 2000, where he met and worked alongside Sparks.

Harrington most recently served as the executive chef at Lido Bottle Works in Newport Beach, California. Prior to this, he worked in Dallas at both Apheleia Restaurant Group and Brown Bag Concepts and in New York at Red Rooster Harlem. Additionally, Harrington served as a chef de cuisine at several Ritz Carlton hotels around the U.S.

“I’ve always had a passion to work and live in the South, and Nashville’s vibrant culinary scene makes this the perfect fit,” said Harrington. “Deacon’s focus on fresh meats and produce from local farmers is what really excites me – not many chefs have this opportunity to cultivate relationships and provide fresh, quality food from a local network.”

Deacon’s New South, an A. Marshall Hospitality restaurant, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Brunch is served on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit  Reservations are now available on OpenTable or by calling 615-994-1994.

Deacon’s New South is a modern Southern steakhouse featuring dry-aged steaks, robust vegetable dishes and a sommelier-driven beverage program. It is located in the iconic L&C Tower in the heart of downtown Nashville’s business district at the intersection of 4th Ave. North and Church Street. The “upscale casual” restaurant entices guests with a fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere that speaks to Nashville’s Southern hospitality and authenticity. From traditional porterhouse and ribeye steaks to imaginative entrees and small plates, Deacon’s has a variety of high-end and affordable menu options for every guest. Established in Fall 2017, Deacon’s is the 12th culinary project by Andy Marshall and his Franklin, TN-based company, A. Marshall Hospitality. For more information, visit

A. Marshall Hospitality is a Franklin-based company with 12 family-owned restaurant and hospitality businesses in Middle Tennessee. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, A. Marshall Hospitality was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies. The company was also the winner of Nashville Business Journal’s 2015 Best In Business Award, and the 2016 Williamson County Impact Award recipient for the third year in a row. To learn more about A. Marshall Hospitality, including career opportunities, visit