On our first day in Nashville 4 years ago, Matt and I walked down to 12 South Taproom, our neighborhood beer joint, for a merchant association meeting.
We met a ton of folks on that first day, one of which was Alex Torres, a co-owner of the Taproom. And from that day on, Matt and Alex have been thick as thieves. Anytime we have ever needed a favor, Alex is most often first to show up ready to lend a helping hand.
Alex started to tell Matt a couple of years ago about Taproom’s dreams and plans to open a second location under a new name and different concept. Soon after, Alex and his partners chose and bought the oldest building in downtown Nashville for this new venture.
Alex would come grab Matt for lunch here and there. I didn’t really get it when Matt would tell me that they were going to sit on the rooftop of some old building to eat a sandwich. Come to find out, during those lunch breaks, Alex was mapping out to Matt what that old building would some day be: PUB5.
Now 2 years later, the dreams and blueprints and sweat and tears have come to reality. PUB5 is now housed in that old building and open for business. And also, I’m like a proud sister to say: it is nominated for The City Of Nashville’s Historic Project of the Year.
Matt took some customers to lunch at PUB5 a couple of weeks ago. He came back saying that I would not believe my eyes. I believed him that I wouldn’t, but still didn’t really understand what I would see when I saw it for myself.
So last week, we headed downtown for a meal at PUB5. Then it all clicked.
Not that I ever doubted Alex Torres, because I didn’t. But what Alex and his partners have pulled off will come to be known as one of the most treasured spots in this city.
Alex gleamed when he took us on a tour of the 3-story establishment, carefully pointing out every special nook and cranny that makes the project, in my book, a stellar renovation and a fantastic restaurant.
PUB5 was carefully and precisely thought out, but not overdone. In an otherwise loud and lively downtown, once you walk into this old building, you still feel the magic of the liveliness, but are in calm and comfortable company. The food is not trying to be something, it just IS something.
Matt and I both want to shout from their rooftop down to the crowd and out into the city, “GET UP HERE!”
Please do go check out this treasure and support yet another really good thing about Nashville, Tennessee… compliments of 3 talented and hardworking partners: our buddy Alex, Will Shuff and Jamy Borda.
And don’t leave the place until you eat the poutine.
You will see.
104 5th Ave S
Carrie + Matt