Set to open in May 2022, Conrad Nashville has introduced two highly-anticipated restaurant and lounge concepts in partnership with celebrated James Beard Award nominated hospitality industry veterans and husband-wife business partners, Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla.
Blau and Canteenwalla are bringing Blue Aster and Thistle & Rye to Music City’s blossoming culinary scene. Blue Aster, Conrad Nashville’s mainstay restaurant, welcomes seafood-centric American cuisine and innovative Southern flavor with modern sophistication, style and world-class hospitality. Adjacent to the restaurant is The Lounge at Blue Aster, featuring stylish classic cocktails and a luxurious afternoon tea service. Thistle & Rye, located on the third floor of the hotel, is a vibrant, beverage-centric concept featuring shareable, globally-inspired small plates. Design firm Champalimaud has brought to life all three concepts, featuring intricate, bespoke architectural elements as well as opulent textiles, fusing modern luxury with natural simplicity.
“Named for the iconic native Tennessee wildflower, we love that the Aster is known for its unique star shape symbolizing love, wisdom and charm,” shares Blau. “Kim and I are so excited to bring the culinary inspirations we have gathered and honed over the years to these beautiful restaurants.”
The Lounge at Blue Aster will provide a contemporary space to enjoy cocktails and wines by the glass, as well as small plates, making it the perfect day-to-night destination. The lounge features an afternoon tea service with international teas, Southern cocktails, quintessential tea sandwiches, scones, and delicate pastries.
Thistle & Rye offers live music, an indoor-outdoor bar, large patio, and windows overlooking downtown Nashville. The menu features international street market foods like Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewers, Pork Belly Bao Buns, and Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Kofta as well as approachable classics including Nashville’s Famous Hot Chicken Sliders and Fresh Lobster Rolls.
Exclusive to hotel guests, the Pool Deck at Conrad Nashville draws from the menu at Thistle & Rye, alongside house-made gelato, boozy ice pops, and batched craft cocktails.
For more information or to make a reservation, head over to Conrad Nashville’s official website.
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