City Fire American Oven and Bar launched last week. Henry Hillenmeyer, the man behind the two previous restaurants in the space (Urban Flats and Music City Flats) is still the owner, but he brought in a new general manager, Nathan Shryock, who says the team has created a completely different concept.
Shyrock says the menu is 100 percent different and so is the restaurant’s interior. They spent six months renovating the space and brought in warmer details like walnut tables.
The menu delivers good American comfort food made from scratch, Shryock says, with some items fired in the restaurant’s stone oven. The entree list ranges from shrimp-and-grits to filet of beef to Skillet Verlasso Salmon to bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Some items, like the salmon, are marked with asterisks indicating they can be prepared gluten-free. Various sandwiches and salads are also on the menu.
The full bar offers some twists on classic American cocktails, and a wine list featuring only American producers.
Shryock repeatedly stresses the fact that it has the same owner as the previous incarnations in the space, but is a completely new concept. Furthermore, he notes, Nashville’s City Fire American Oven and Bar is an independent restaurant, but shares a name with two restaurants in Florida. The Nashville eatery has a very different menu and atmosphere from those restaurants.
City Fire is now open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.