A photo rendering shows how the four-sided bar at 1799 Kitchen and Cocktails will look when the Harpeth Hotel opens this summer. // Photo submitted
By JOHN McBRYDE
As they look ahead to the scheduled opening this summer of the Harpeth Hotel in downtown Franklin, the owners and manager have looked behind in the naming of the two dining areas that will be part of the hotel.
They’ve given a nod to Franklin’s history with the main restaurant known as 1799 and the smaller café that will go by McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions. 1799 Kitchen and Cocktails, an upscale, chef-driven restaurant that will serve contemporary American cuisine, is named after the year the town of Franklin was founded. McGavock’s pays homage to the McGavock family that built and owned Carnton from 1826 to 1911.
McGavock’s is described on the Harpeth Hotel’s website as “a European-style street café that will offer more than your ordinary coffee shop.” It will have open seating underneath an exposed ceiling and will also have a patio.
McGavock’s will serve a variety of coffee drinks as well as pastries, scones and similar items for breakfast as well as sandwiches, salads and other lunch fare. Drinks and food will be sourced locally as much as possible, according to Justin Foster, the Harpeth Hotel’s general manager.
“We’re trying to keep it all within Williamson County,” he said. “In everything we’re doing in the hotel, if we can get it locally and it makes good sense, we’re going to do it.”
The idea of local will also permeate 1799, from its dinner menu to its hand-crafted cocktails. For instance, Foster said he has been in touch with Leiper’s Fork Distillery and H Clark Distillery about possibly carrying their brands. He also plans to work with local breweries and wineries.
1799 will be located opposite the hotel lobby from McGavock’s. One of its unique features is a large whiskey barrel that will encompass the room and have booths along both sides. The restaurant will also include a four-sided bar and patio seating, as well as a private dining room that will seat about 14 people and have a private patio.
As part of the Hilton Curio brand of luxury hotels, the 119-room Harpeth Hotel makes up a portion of the overall Harpeth development and is expected to open by the end of July.
“Our goal is to be Franklin’s living room,” Foster said. “We want to showcase Franklin to people from all over the world when they come in, and also be a place where the locals like to come and relax.”
The $105 million Harpeth Square project will also include 150 high-end apartments, a 596-space parking garage, 12,000 square feet of retail space and 6,500 square feet of Class A office space.