The Hermitage Hotel is partnering with internationally acclaimed chef, restaurateur and innovator Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the biggest names in the dining industry, to oversee the direction of all culinary operations. Just as with his Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, he will be thoroughly involved in every aspect of the program, from concept, menu and interior design to staff training and guest experience.
The centerpiece of the partnership will be a new destination restaurant and café. Guests can expect elevated, yet approachable, menus that include the chef’s signature plant-based offerings and oven-fired pizzas. “I am inspired by the bounty of the American South and look forward to honoring the recipes, flavors and traditions of the region, while also presenting a global perspective at this beloved and iconic Music City landmark,” said Jean-Georges. He plans to showcase seasonal, regional produce, including that from the hotel’s two-acre garden at Glen Leven Farm.
As far as the design, architect Thomas Juul-Hansen is giving the restaurant a modern feel with a simple palette of natural materials and a state-of the-art kitchen visible from the dining room. The space will be outfitted with dramatic lighting from world-renowned Hervé Descottes of L’Observatoire International and bespoke furnishings including mother-of-pearl pendant lamps and curved banquettes. A separate entrance will make the restaurant directly accessible from Sixth Avenue. The new café will be more casual, with indoor and outdoor seating and a menu that evolves throughout the day. Frequent guests will be thrilled to know that Thomas is revitalizing the ladies’ room into a glamorous pink marble space that promises to be as Instagram-worthy as the hotel’s iconic men’s restroom.
In addition to directing the restaurant and café, Jean-Georges will oversee all food and beverage concepts for weddings, meetings and other high-profile events at The Hermitage Hotel. Construction is already underway, and the yet-to-be-named venues are expected to debut in the fall of 2021.
Renderings courtesy of Thomas Juul-Hansen