Chic all-day cafe by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens downtown

Internationally acclaimed restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten is rounding out his new Nashville presence at the historic downtown Hermitage Hotel with the addition of a delicate cafe open morning til night.

Jean-Georges’ Pink Hermit is the casual counterpart to Drusie & Darr, the hotel’s months-old flagship restaurant that marked the star chef’s first foray into Nashville.

Its new all-purpose cafe, open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (231 6th Ave N., Nashville), offers downtown a sunny spot for coffees, pastries, and sandwiches and salads to go. A sit-down dinner menu designed for before-and-after theater get-togethers includes decadent bar snacks, French wines by the glass, and elegant cocktails like a raspberry lychee bellini and cucumber martini and negroni topped with Plymouth gin.

The Pink Hermit kicks off the day with juices, espresso drinks and loose teas from In Pursuit of Tea; bakery bites like brown butter chocolate chip cookies and vegan blueberry matcha muffins; and chia seed pudding and croissants stuffed with egg whites and goat cheese. Savory sandwiches built on a brioche roll include varieties of prosciutto and mozzarella or ham and Gruyere, joined by seared Nice tuna or roasted beet salads.

The intimate cafe, accessed through a new street-level entrance at the corner of Union and Sixth Avenue, offers a mix of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. Award-winning interior designer Thomas Juul-Hansen, who also created the look for Drusie & Darr, dressed The Pink Hermit in floor-to-ceiling gray marble accents and pale pink tones (with cups and plates with matching blush tones).

A one-page dinner menu includes wood-fired pizza topped with black truffles, ahi tuna tartare, elaborate charcuterie and cheese boards, a large order of caviar-topped egg toast ($58) and lush desserts like a salted caramel fudge sundae.

Owners of the 122-room hotel, Molly and Robert Hardie, have also teamed up with the celebrity French chef to lead Marigold’s menu at sister property Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Hermitage’s executive chef, Kelsi Armijo, oversees daily menus in Nashville.

The 1910-born art deco luxury hotel got a makeover last year, while preserving original features like a stained-glass ceiling above the lobby.

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