The 185 seat restaurant in the seven-story CityLights condo development is currently under construction, but has been officially dubbed ‘The Rutledge,’ named after it’s street address (20 Rutledge Street). Under the direction of seasoned Nashville restauranteurs Curt and Mason Revelette it is being conceived serving a classic American menu and boasting a contemporary setting with a sophisticated dinner vibe.
While the brothers have known success in the form of their upscale sports bar Jonathan’s Grille, they see The Rutledge not just as an opportunity to open another restaurant, but the chance to open a completely different concept with a more refined menu, posh atmosphere, and in a new downtown location.
“The Rutledge will be an upscale, American concept focused on the guest experience,” says Mason Revelette. “From fresh, quality ingredients and preparation, to polished service and modern design, it will be approachable, affordable and will incorporate some of the best practices I learned while working in restaurants such as Houston’s and Hillstone in Los Angeles.”
Located on the ground floor of CityLights, The Rutledge is being designed by Nashville architect, Nick Dryden of DAAD who is also responsible for other Nashville concepts such as Prima, The 404 Nashville and Noelle. At the Rutledge, Dryden will incorporate a “current” feeling by using high ceilings and glass walls on three sides, one which will feature accordion style doors opening to the outdoor patio which will allow guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of concerts at Ascend Amphitheater, Titans Stadium and the downtown skyline.
“My brother and I have been passionate about doing this for quite some time,” says Curt Revelette. “The timing and location of CityLights is a perfect fit for what we want to do – become a staple of the area, and downtown.”
The Rutledge will also provide room service for residents of the adjoining 71-unit building. Thirty-nine units are currently under contract, according to Village Real Estate Services, which is handling sales and marketing for the boutique development that will be completed by the end of 2018.
“We are thrilled to be anchoring CityLights and in a prime location overlooking Ascend Amphitheatre,” said Curt Revelette. “This area of town is transforming with exciting projects planned for Rolling Mill Hill and the riverfront area and we are delighted to be part of the transformation.”
A Spring 2019 opening is anticipated for The Rutledge.
Units in CityLights average 1,800 square feet up to 2,600 square feet for two- and three-bedroom condos. Four penthouses with four bedrooms will be between 3,200 and 3,400 square feet. Each unit includes two parking spaces in a secured underground garage and a storage unit. In addition to The Rutledge, amenities include a rooftop terrace and sky lounge, a swimming pool terrace and a green roof, a fitness facility, a conference room and a clubroom.
CityLights is designed by Houston-based architecture firm Meeks + Partners. Don Meeks and three investors are developing the project. RG Anderson is the general contractor.