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Grand Hyatt Nashville Taps Chef Sean Brock for its Signature Dining Experience

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Chef and restaurateur Sean Brock has been tapped to conceptualize and operate a signature restaurant for Grand Hyatt Nashville, which is slated to open in Fall 2020 within the 17-acre Nashville Yards project. Brock will bring to life a reimagined take on continental cuisine and classic American fare. Located on the entry level of Grand Hyatt Nashville, the restaurant will offer a lively and comfortable atmosphere with an ageless and elegant feel, making it a destination dining experience for locals and visitors alike. 

Brock, a James Beard Award-winning chef and cookbook author, has specifically developed this concept to anchor the luxury hotel property. With this new venture, the Nashville-based chef embraces a new vision for what a modern hotel restaurant can be, complete with elegant design, throw back service style, and timeless cuisine. Guests can expect contemporary renditions of luxury favorites from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Crab Louie, Lobster Thermidor, and Oysters Rockefeller, as well as traditional Gueridon service offering tableside cart presentation of dishes like Trout Amandine, Caesar Salad, Crepes Suzette, and more. Whole Roasted Chicken will be a menu staple, carved tableside, as well as Beef Wellington from the Gueridon. The forthcoming restaurant will meld Brock’s passion for culinary history with the traditional elegance of fine dining to create an unparalleled experience. 

“The idea is to truly embrace and be inspired by the original great American hotel restaurants, to invigorate the spirit of those historic dishes” said Brock. “This will be a place for diners to share a satisfying and leisurely meal together, host a power lunch, or partake in celebration. The restaurant will embody the idea of a celebratory attitude towards eating out, no matter the occasion.”

Designed by Nick Dryden of DAAD, the space will feature plush banquettes, two bars—one open and lively while the other will be warm and intimate—and large booths to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, encouraging guests to sit and stay a while. The luxurious feel of the restaurant will fit right in with the other spaces slated for the 25-floor Grand Hyatt Nashville, which will feature a bold and vibrant design, 591 contemporary guestrooms, 77,000 square feet of event space, multiple bars, a rooftop lounge, a 5th floor pool deck overlooking Music City, a Grand Club Lounge, and a world-class spa and fitness center. 

“We are thrilled for Grand Hyatt Nashville’s restaurant collaboration with Sean Brock – one of the most celebrated, iconic chefs in the country – who will offer guests and visitors an exceptional, captivating restaurant experience,” said George Vizer, senior vice president, franchise operations, Hyatt. “The Grand Hyatt brand is all about celebrating the iconic and magnificent moments – and this signature dining experience will help Grand Hyatt Nashville deliver on this brand mission by celebrating classic, elevated American cuisine through Chef Brock’s culinary artistry.”  

Nashville Yards will be a walkable, urban community featuring high-end hospitality offerings in addition to the Grand Hyatt Nashville and signature restaurant by Chef Brock, including exceptional retail and restaurant options, a four-acre entertainment district and concert venue spearheaded by AEG Worldwide and MGM, and creative and Class-A+ office space anchoring Amazon’s future Operations Center of Excellence.

“Chef Brock has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative chefs in the nation, but his talents extend far beyond the kitchen,” said Cary Mack, co-managing partner of Southwest Value Partners, the owner and developer of Nashville Yards. “After working with Sean for months to develop this restaurant concept, I’ve seen firsthand that he brings unparalleled passion and raw talent to all facets of the process – from the design and aesthetics of the dining environment to the culture and values he instills upon his team – and it’s clear Chef Brock’s attitude, integrity, and passion is perfectly aligned with our overarching vision for Nashville Yards. The restaurant will be a crown jewel for the Grand Hyatt Nashville, positioning Nashville Yards as a leading destination for refreshing and inventive culinary experiences, and we’re very excited to bring it to life.”

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Sean Brock 

For the past 12 years, Chef Sean Brock was the chef of McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina. Sean was also the Founding Chef of the Husk restaurant concepts throughout the American South. Raised in rural Virginia, he has been involved in the repatriation of the Southern pantry and cuisine for the past 20 years. In 2010, Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast, and is a four-time finalist for Outstanding Chef, as well as a three-time finalist for Rising Star Chef. His cookbook, Heritage, is a New York Times Bestseller and the winner of the 2015 James Beard Award for American Cooking. Brock hosted season 2 of the Emmy Award-winning television show Mind of a Chef, produced by Anthony Bourdain. Sean was recently featured on the popular Netflix show Chef’s Table and released the highly anticipated follow up to his first cookbook in 2019. Chef Brock most recently started a lifelong project entitled “Before it’s Too Late” dedicated to recording and sharing the cultural and culinary wisdom of the American South. The project includes a podcast, his personal photography and eventually a large format book to showcase his discoveries.

About Nashville Yards

Nashville Yards is a 17-acre development located in the heart of downtown Nashville. When complete, the project will be a walkable, urban community featuring high-end hospitality offerings, including a luxury Grand Hyatt, exceptional retail and restaurant options, a four-acre entertainment district and concert venue spearheaded by AEG Worldwide and MGM, and creative and Class-A+ office space anchoring Amazon’s future Operations Center of Excellence. The development will benefit from open plazas and green spaces, including a 1.3-acre urban park that will span the west side of the project from Broadway to Church Street. To learn more about Nashville Yards, visit or follow @NashvilleYards on Twitter and Instagram.

About Grand Hyatt 

Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels bring travel dreams to life by celebrating the iconic in small details and magnificent moments. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to be a captivating destination within a destination. Grand Hyatt hotels deliver welcoming and elevated service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and bold and vibrant design. Grand Hyatt properties boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit Follow @GrandHyatt on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #GrandHyatt.


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