Friday, May 18, 2012

Southern Hospitality starts here

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

You may not have heard about it yet, but you'll certainly be hearing more about it soon.

I'm talking about the tentative October opening of Southern Hospitality at 1433 17th St. in LoDo Denver, at the corner of Blake and 17th streets.

The barbecue eatery and bourbon bar draws from the fame of co-founder Justin Timberlake and now the repute of franchise shareholder Ryan Tedder.

But there's some other ties to Colorado and the Springs in particular that make this an exciting venture to keep an eye on.

For starters, the corporate headquarters is located inside the FirstBank Building downtown, operated by Ryan's father Gary Tedder, the president of Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp.

Next, chef Victor Matthews of Green Mountain Falls' Black Bear restaurant and Paragon Culinary School is playing a consulting chef role in the venture.

So as the newly formed company seeks to head out across the nation, with an initial target of building 30 stores, as quickly as one per quarter or at least two per year, in Gary's words, keep in mind that the string pulling is happening in your own back yard.

I'll print some of my interview with Gary in next week's Indy and likely follow up down the road with more from others involved in the project, including chef Matthews.

Southern Hospitality barbecue bourbon
  • Though each Southern Hospitality location will draw from the flagship menu, Gary Tedder confirms that a portion of the menu in each city will draw from local culture, including craft beer, spirits and regional cuisines.

In the interim, you can glean a good bit from some other media outlets who've reported on the project.

Here's Gary Tedder in the Westword.

A release published in the Daily Markets.

A blip in the Denver Post.

And even a mention in Rolling Stone.

And you can read more about the new company on its website, including more on Ryan Tedder's involvement, here.

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