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Henrietta Red, Nashville

Nestled in Nashville’s trendy Germantown neighbourhood, strands of twinkling lights hang above friends and families piling their plates with fresh and roasted oysters, lies a communal, convivial and delectable Henrietta Red.

Chef Julia Sullivan developed the concept of Henrietta Red while in New York, but her vision evolved upon resettling in Nashville. More than two years in the making and her Southern space filled a void in Nashville’s exploding culinary scene. Offering seasonal contemporary cooking and an oyster bar, the restaurant has become a favorite for their craft cocktails, share plates and of course, oysters.

Named after the chef’s late grandparents, the restaurant is influenced by the romance of New Orleans. Taking into consideration Nashville’s popular design aesthetic of concrete floors and exposed brick walls, it was a conscious decision to make the feel of the restaurant softer. That translates to a colour scheme with blues, greens and complemented by luxurious marble and soft leathers.

Using a Coco Republic favourite, the Drexel Barstool exudes refined character along the bars. Hand crafted in South America, luxurious tan leather complements a blackened metal frame.

The coastal-chic space seats approximately 100, plus 20 on the patio and is a must for any oyster lover.

Jessica Theuerjahr