Milkshake Concepts is preparing to launch its 3rd restaurant concept in Nashville – The Finch Grill & Raw Bar (The Finch). Located in the historic Union Station complex, the new 6,896-square-foot space will be more than double the size of the former tenant Flying Saucer Draught Emporium which closed in 2021. The restaurant interior has been comprehensively renovated to reflect the historic character of the 123-year-old Union Station Baggage Building, infusing it with new life and vibrancy. The Finch is located at 111 10th Avenue South.
Suitable for both relaxed encounters and formal engagements, The Finch concept is an, “all-day oasis of culinary craft and casual sophistication”, offering lunch, dinner, happy hour, brunch, and kid’s menus. Standouts from the seafood- and steak-centered menu include the Japanese A5 Katsu sandwich made with premium Wagyu beef, a daily selection of fresh oysters, poached snow crab claws, and steak frites made with Black Angus New York strip steak accompanied by their famous house l’entrecôte sauce. Additional favorites include signature entrées such as crispy striped bass and an unforgettable smash burger.
“Elegant yet approachable, The Finch will be your anytime escape from the bustle and grind,” said Imran Sheikh, Co-Founder & CEO at Milkshake Concepts. “We’re thrilled for The Finch to soon become a new centralized community gathering spot for any occasion while breathing new life into a historic and beloved building.”
The Union Station complex, including the Baggage Building, opened on Oct 9, 1900, a stunning example of late-Victorian Romanesque Revival architecture with high towers reminiscent of European castles. Union Station became a historic landmark in 1976 and remains registered on the National Register of Historic Places for its relevance to the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee.
Franklin-based Barnett Design Group spearheaded the remodel, crafting a breezy and laid back aesthetic, with elegant accents to elevate the space. White oak furnishings are complemented by marble-topped bars throughout the restaurant, while bird-feather wallpaper, gold-toned fixtures and blue slate accents tie in The Finch’s signature style. Three massive mirrors reflect the train yard, pulling the property’s history into the space. A large, central marble-topped bar anchors the room, along with a raw bar and a capacious open kitchen lined with seating. Dowdle Construction is the contractor.
“In design, our overall goal was to hold, maintain and honor the character of the historic building while adding beautiful furniture, lighting, and décor to create the ideal everyday dining destination,” added Sheikh.
Milkshake Concepts is the brand behind notable recent restaurants such as Layered Cake and Harper’s Steakhouse. This also marks the 3rd location for The Finch restaurant concept, building on the success of its Texas-based locations for the experiential hospitality group. The Finch will open in early 2024 paying homage to the past while charting an exciting future built around community and memorable experiences.
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