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Southeast Venture Taps into Nashville’s Restaurant Movement

Brings Prima restaurant to Terrazzo

Terrazzo1In May 2013, Southeast Venture Broker Jon Petty and Principal Axson West helped bring Nashville’s newest fine-dining option to the Gulch by securing a lease agreement for Community Hospitality, LLC in the Terrazzo.

Local restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes and Jim Lewis, managing partner and CEO of Cumberland Consulting Group, who make up Community Hospitality, LLC, secured Chef Sal Avila for their innovative new restaurant, Prima. Sal previously worked at City House, 360 Bistro and Jay Jay’s Good Food Truck.

Terrazzo2Over the last couple years, Nashville’s burgeoning foodie scene has garnered national accolades from publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Conde Nast, Bon Appétit, The Guardian and Food & Wine, and this development of new restaurants has helped spur other development around Nashville.

Prima’s 7,000-square-foot first floor space at 700 12th Avenue South fronts Division Street and sits across from Music City Flats. The restaurant will provide a unique international spin on farm-to-table dining and include an expansive wine cellar and private dining space via a mezzanine that overlooks the main dining lobby. The restaurant will use a wood-burning oven along with a mozzarella and olive bar to pair with fresh, chef driven cuisine. The restaurant is expected to open in early 2014.

Terrazzo3Location Nashville, Tenn.

Date Completed May 2013

Client Community Hospitality, LLC

Project Scale 7,000 Total SF Class A Retail Space

Services Provided Brokerage

Burger Up’s Miranda Whitcomb Pontes to Open New Restaurant “Josephine” in 12 South Flats Development

Veteran restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes will soon bring a new restaurant to the 12 South neighborhood. Pontes has successfully launched two other concepts in the district: Frothy Monkey and Burger Up. For the home of her newest creation, Pontes chose 12 South Flats, a new mixed-use apartment/retail property currently being developed through a joint venture between H.G. Hill Realty and Southeast Venture.

The restaurant, dubbed “Josephine,” was “born out of my love for this community and the new space coming in,” Pontes said. The new lease for 3,163-square-feet is located at 2316 12th Avenue South, in the end cap of the development closest to the 12 South Taproom & Grill.

The restaurant will highlight old school cooking techniques, emphasize proteins and utilize relationships that Pontes has with her current vendors at Burger Up. “I can tell you what Josephine isn’t. It isn’t fussy, and it isn’t based on another restaurant in another town,” said Pontes.

Phillip Shyatt, recently nominated for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, will head up Josephine’s kitchen. Philip’s brother Geoff Shyatt has been tapped as general manager for the new space. Robin Riddell Jones will design the wine list.

When asked about the name, Pontes said, “If my son Landon had been a girl, that would have been his name, Josephine.”

Nick Dryden, who designed both Burger Up locations, will be the architect on the project.

The décor will be neutral and warm, utilizing orange and beige colors, a tiled floor, booth and banquette seating.

The restaurant will be open six days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. It will seat roughly 130 and have a small outdoor patio and a private dining room for groups.

“We are excited to be bringing this locally owned and operated restaurant to the 12 South neighborhood. Miranda’s new concept will serve as a great new amenity to the residents of the development and the neighborhood. I’m sure it will complement the existing retailers in area and the new ones we hope to attract to the neighborhood,” said Greg Coleman, broker for Southeast Venture.

The 12 South Flats project will feature a total of 10,000-square-feet of retail space with an expected completion date of August of this year.