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Nashville, TN’s Hotels, Restaurants Benefit From Growing Economy

Nashville's hospitality industry is enjoying a boom in hotel rooms and fine dining establishments.

By Kevin Litwin on May 14, 2014

Nashville, TN
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If you build it, they will … eat. And sleep. Nashville’s hospitality industry is enjoying an enviable upswing, with new hotels, restaurants and watering holes of every description popping up, seemingly overnight. Once a city where many restaurant doors closed at 9 p.m., Nashville today offers dozens of celebrated restaurants, presided over by celebrity chefs, inventive menus, revered mixologists and top-notch wine bars. And, yes, you can still find the occasional traditional beer joint and down-home café specializing in that Nashville delicacy, hot chicken.

Foodie Haven

Fluffy biscuits and homemade preserves at the Loveless Café, or the cheeseburger at Rotier’s will always have a special place in Nashville’s culinary heart. But 2013 alone saw the arrival of an armful of new loves, like uber-chef Sean Brock’s Husk, a local iteration of his famed Charleston restaurant of the same name. Also new to the scene: Rolf and Daughters, Silo, Etch, the Southern Steak and Oyster, the Farm House, Treehouse, Blvd and more. That’s on top of established foodie havens like Margot, City House and the much-celebrated Catbird Seat.

Room to Grow

In the lodging department, new luxury hotels debuted or were in the works as the new MCC opened its doors. The Omni Nashville Hotel, across from the MCC and connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wowed with its 800 luxe guest rooms, rooftop pool and Kitchen Notes restaurant, which boasts a biscuit bar. Gussying up to welcome guests, the Renaissance and the Downtown Hilton all underwent multimillion-dollar renovations, and a new Marriott hotel near the MCC is in the planning stages.

With Nashville’s lively music scene and developing downtown making it a top destination for a record number of business, leisure and group travelers, these hotels are enhancing the city’s ability to accommodate more visitors.

Within its first 45 days of operation, the Omni had already secured more than 90 group commitments and booked 400,000 room nights, thanks to meetings scheduled through 2024.

“Nashville is one of the brightest locations in terms of growth and opportunity, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” says Dan Piotrowski, general manager of the Omni Nashville Hotel.

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