The Hermitage Hotel announced a new partnership with chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will oversee the direction of all culinary operations at the hotel. The centerpiece of the partnership will be a new destination restaurant and café at the Hermitage. Construction is underway, and the new venues will make their debut in the fall of 2021.
Vongerichten is responsible for 39 acclaimed restaurants in New York City, Miami, London, Paris, Shanghai, and other gateway cities around the world. From concept, menu and interior design, to staff training and guest experience, Vongerichten is thoroughly involved in the development of the culinary program at the Hermitage Hotel, which began with his visit to Nashville in 2020.
The restaurant will undergo a modern design update from Thomas Juul-Hansen, including a new kitchen visible from the dining room. The design mastermind behind Vongerichten’s restaurants has conceived a glamorous, yet understated restaurant and bar space that will introduce timeless warmth and ambiance. Juul-Hansen will use a simple palette of natural materials – metal, wood, leather and stone – and dramatic lighting designed to uplift the restaurant’s iconic arched ceiling. All furnishings, from the mother-of-pearl pendant lamps to the seating, tables and curved banquettes, will be entirely bespoke to the Hermitage Hotel and crafted specifically for the space.
Rendering: Courtesy of the Hermitage Hotel