“Top Chef” Alum to Open Restaurant Downtown

Church and Union
photo from Church and Union Facebook

A new restaurant called Church and Union will open later this year, led by “Top Chef” contestant Chef Jamie Lynch.

The new restaurant will open under Charlotte-based 5th Street Group, which includes restaurants in Charlotte, N.C. and Charleston, S.C.   No definite date was shared on the opening of Church and Union; however, the website states winter 2020. It will be located at 201 4th Avenue North, Nashville.

Unlike most downtown restaurants, they will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is described as New American cuisine utilizing local ingredients.

Partner Chef Jamie Lynch boasts an impressive culinary background including Le Cirque, Aureole, and Café Boulud. Chef Lynch also ompeted on Season 14 of Top Chef in Charleston where he made his mark with his controversial decision to give up immunity, the only time in the show’s history. He will also be competing in the upcoming Top Chef All-Stars LA Season 17.

“We are very pleased to expand to the Nashville market, it is a place that our group has always wanted to be,” says Patrick Whalen, Operating Partner in a statement.  “Our goal is for Church and Union to partner the food, ambiance, and service together in a way that makes our guests feel inspired and satisfied.”