KISS manager Doc McGhee opening upscale Nashville restaurant

 / Nashville Business Journal

A Music Row executive who's helped shaped the careers of Bon Jovi, Diana Ross, KISS and Darius Rucker is opening a restaurant in Midtown Nashville.

Doc McGhee, CEO of McGhee Entertainment, is one of the co-owners behind Tartufo, according to an announcement made June 2. Others involved in the project include McGhee's wife, Wendy; longtime local real estate developer Mack McClung; and the restaurant's executive chef, Rome native Marco Rossi.

The upscale Italian restaurant is occupying the building at 1808 Hayes St. formerly occupied by restaurants Mambu and, most recently, Magnolia South. Those behind Tartufo spent $800,000 renovating the 1890s building. The project is another indication of slowly growing retail and restaurant investment in this part of Midtown, near Church Street. It also points to how the city's legacy music industry can have other effects on the local economy (similarly, country singer Alan Jackson is an investor in Acme Feed & Seed downtown, for instance).

The dining room will seat 48, and an outdoor covered patio contains 26 more seats. The restaurant also features a bar and piano lounge. It is named after an Italian dessert.

Guests can also eat at the chef's table, which will be located in the kitchen. For $500, a guest at that table will eat a seven-course meal with five wines.

The restaurant formally opens at the end of next week.

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