Duane Nutter left One Flew South, the heralded Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport restaurant, in May. Three months later, the chef is ready to reveal what his future holds. Nutter, along with restaurateur Reggie Washington and beverage director Tiffanie Barriere, will open Southern National in Mobile, Ala., this winter.
"Southern National will feature locally sourced seafood from the waters around the great city of Mobile, as well as some fun fish that I have been fortunate enough to get to work with during my days serving over 800 people a day in the first fine-dining restaurant in the world's busiest airport," Nutter said in a prepared statement.
With Barriere’s involvement in the new project, a representative confirms she is no longer with One Flew South.
Southern National will take up residence in a mid-19th century building in Mobile’s Arts District, and Atlanta-based Smith Hanes Studio will design the space. Plans call for a December opening. The food and beverages will be “influenced by Louisiana haunts” from Nutter’s formative years.
In addition to their Mobile restaurant, Nutter and Washington are looking to make a return to the Atlanta market. The two have submitted a bid to open a new full-service eatery inside Hartsfield-Jackson, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and another venture in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood could begin service sometime in 2018.
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