Veteran restaurateur and chef Tom Neville recently purchased Gulf Pride Seafood in The Factory at Franklin. If you loved having fresh seafood close to home, don’t worry, Chef Neville will continue to operate the space as a seafood market and restaurant called Music City Seafood. Chef Neville invites the community to the grand opening on September 1, from 5 until 8 p.m.
During the grand opening, you will be able to sample the restaurant’s menu, enjoy live music, a special tasting of local brewery BriarScratch Brewing’s Lemon Thyme beer, a brew that was created just for the opening event. There will also be balloon art for the kids. On Saturday, Sept 2, the restaurant’s regular service will begin at 11 a.m.
The inside of the restaurant will boast a whole new look, menu, and will continue to sell seafood products as before offering the freshest seafood from the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
“We want to put a lot of love in the community,” said Chef Neville. He continued by telling us this is a family business with his wife, Rhonda who will also be an integral part of the restaurant.
The restaurant will have two menus. The first consists of signature items, including oysters, served two ways, fried calamari, smoked fish dip, the area’s best fish and chips, fish tacos, po’ boys and shrimp and grits. The second menu, posted on the restaurant’s blackboard wall, changes regularly and is based upon seasonal items from the restaurant’s seafood suppliers. The menus also incorporate locally sourced products, such as Queen Bee Pollinators honey, Bear Creek Farm beef, BriarScratch Brewing beer and Beaverdam Creek Farm grits.
“Our mission at Music City Seafood is to bring the freshest and tastiest seafood to Middle Tennessee,” added Chef Neville. “I want diners leaving our restaurant to rave about how we provide a fun, casual, and quality dining experience comparable to venues on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts but with a definite Nashville flair.”
Chef Neville has more than 30 years of knowledge and expertise in the restaurant and fresh meat and seafood industry and brings that passion to Music City Seafood. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y., and has worked for Disney World, Holiday Inn, Halpern’s Steak and Seafood and Performance Food Group. His talent and expertise have been recognized locally by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, where he has served as president and vice president. Music City Seafood’s Co-chef Karl Orr brings extensive fresh fish and seafood restaurant experience from Florida.
Music City Seafood will be a 50-seat venue and will serve lunch Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Thursday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant will feature live music on Friday nights. The restaurant currently has a beer license, but it is “bring your own bottle” with no corkage fees for other alcoholic beverages. For reservations or more information, please call 615-599-4923.