Etch Restaurant, Nashville

The conventional wisdom is that Nashville is the new Charleston, but there are differences. In Nashville, the frenzied pace of high-rise construction is obliterating what’s left of the historic downtown. Like Charleston, though, restaurants exist on one end of a continuum: either rustic, down-home BBQ joints or temples of new-wave fusion. Etch, located at 3030 Demonbreun St., blends tradition with cutting-edge innovation. The sleek and modern interior would not be out of place in lower Manhattan or San Francisco. The vibe is hip yet relaxed, beginning with the intimate lounge near the entrance and opening into the large dining room dominated by an open kitchen. That kitchen is calm and low-key, leaving diners to focus on the food and their companions. Etch was the brainchild of Deb Paquette, a CIA graduate who has been leading the culinary charge in Nashville for three decades. Her previous establishment, Zola, was named one of America’s Top 60 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine. After shuttering Zola and taking a sabbatical, she returned to Nashville and opened Etch in 2012; she’s also involved in another restaurant in the city’s Green Hills neighborhood. Full Article Here

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