Chotto Matte, a London-based restaurant concept focused on Peruvian and Japanese dishes, will open in early 2023 in the under-construction ONE22ONE in downtown Nashville.
According to a statement from developer GBT Realty, Chotto Matte will occupy 11,000 square feet of retail space on the first and second floors of the company’s 24-story Class A office tower in 1221 Broadway — the office part of which should be delivered by the middle of the year.
The terms of the lease are not disclosed.
Kurt Zdesar, founder of Chotto Matte, launched the concept in 2013 after years of research in Peru and Japan. Chotto Matte (“wait a moment” in Japanese) focuses on Nikkei cuisine, which fuses Japanese and Peruvian techniques and ingredients/products such as ceviche, tiradito, barbecue anticucho, sushi, sashimi and tempura.
After starting in London’s Soho neighborhood in 2013, Chotto Matte expanded to Miami in 2018 and Toronto in 2019. Chotto Matte restaurants are also planned in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Various international cities are planned for the concept. London-based Andy Martin Studio will design the local space for Chotto Matte.
“Chotto Matte celebrates the best of authentic and innovative Nikkei cuisine, located in vibrant and elegant architectural spaces, in exciting cities around the world – and Nashville is absolutely the perfect setting for our vision,” said Zdesar, who once was the European president. New York-based director of Nobu, said in the statement.
Alan Lloyd, senior vice president of leasing at GBT Realty, said the company had undertaken a “global search” for a flagship restaurant for the building, which will also house FirstBank’s headquarters.
“We couldn’t have found a better partner than Chotto Matte, who will instantly elevate and diversify the city’s culinary scene,” says Lloyd. “Their presence will be a tremendous asset to our tenants at ONE22ONE.”
GBT Realty’s ONE22ONE development team is led by Jeff Pape and Fiona Haulter. For the tower, Gresham Smith & Partners is leading the architectural and design tasks, with Brasfield & Gorrie the general contractor. George Tomlin is President and CEO of GBT Realty.