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Union Station Nashville Yards Announces New Executive Chef

Chef Sean Foley brings extensive experience leading gourmet restaurants, cooking with Michelin Star chefs

The Union Station Nashville Yards, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s collection of independent hotels hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, today announced Chef Sean Foley as its new Executive Chef responsible for overseeing the hotel’s growing portfolio of restaurant and catering services.

“We’re transforming the guest experience at The Union Station Nashville Yards, revitalizing the hotel’s iconic exteriors, restoring its breathtaking interiors, and creating new food and beverage offerings that both locals and visitors will love,” said Marc Sternagel, Area General Manager. “Everything we’re doing is designed to breathe new life into one of Music City’s favorite social hubs while honoring and celebrating its 120-year history. Chef Foley shares that vision and we’re thrilled to have him aboard.”

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Foley has more than 15 years of fine dining experience, cooking under renowned Michelin Star Chef Daniel Boulud, opening a restaurant under Thomas Keller protégé Ian Campbell, and holding leadership roles in high-end restaurants across the East Coast and in Nashville.

Most recently, Chef Foley served as the Executive Chef of 5th & Taylor, five-time James Beard Award nominee Daniel Lindley’s Germantown restaurant that has been repeatedly recognized for its elevated American cuisine.

“It’s an honor to lead such an incredible team at one of the country’s most beautiful, historic hotels,” said Chef Foley. “I’m excited to help bring new and extraordinary culinary experiences to Nashville’s food scene. We have a lot of surprises up our sleeve and can’t wait to share them with our guests – both tourists and locals alike.”

Chef Foley will lead the menu development and operations of The Union Station Nashville Yard’s casual, fine dining, event catering, and room service menus. He will also oversee the offerings at ERGO, the new bar in the hotel’s 120-year-old lobby featuring craft cocktails, small bites, locally sourced brunch and dinner options, and nightly live music. Chef Foley will also design the menus at a new restaurant concept located at the original Broadway entrance to the hotel, which is slated to open its doors later this year.

Built in 1900, Union Station originally served as Nashville’s central train terminal for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The terminal closed in 1979 and the building was reopened as a hotel in 1986, later becoming a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Today, The Union Station Nashville Yards is best known for its stunning Richardsonian-Romanesque architecture, sweeping four-story lobby, and original stained-glass windows.

To learn more about The Union Station Nashville Yards, visit the hotel’s new website,, and follow @unionstationnashville on Instagram and @Nashville.UnionStationHotel on Facebook.

About Nashville Yards

Nashville Yards is an 18-acre project located in the heart of downtown Nashville. When complete, the project will be a walkable, urban community featuring high-end hospitality offerings, including the 591-room luxury Grand Hyatt Nashville and the newly renovated Union Station Nashville Yards; exceptional retail and restaurant options; a world-class entertainment district and concert venue developed in partnership with AEG; and creative and Class-A+ office space anchored by Amazon Nashville and a new multi-tenant office tower that will include the future headquarters of Pinnacle Financial Partners. 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 www.nashvilleyards.comor follow @NashvilleYards on Twitter and Instagram.

About Autograph Collection Hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 180 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 30 countries and territories. Each is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or follow along to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Autograph Collection Hotelsis proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

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