No sightings of Justin Timberlake yet, but the liquor-license hearing sign is up in the window of the future home of Southern Hospitality, at 1433 17th Street. And the owners of this branch of a restaurant Timberlake introduced in New York are going for both a standard restaurant license and a cabaret license, which would let them have live music (but no dancing).
But then, One Republic lead singer and Grammy-winning producer Ryan Tedder is one of the partners in this enterprise -- and he knows his live music. He also knows his restaurants: So when Timberlake, who'd already opened a successful Southern Hospitality in Manhattan, decided to put a second location in Hell's kitchen, Tedder jumped in.
And then he and his father, Gary Tedder, decided that the concept would work well in other cities, too, so the pair negotiated the rights and formed Southern Hospitality Franchisee Holding Corp. (Gary is president), which has plans to open thirty restaurants across the country.
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The very first of those is slated for the historic St. Elmo building in LoDo, with a liquor license hearing set for September 24...which could keep the company on track for a fall opening here in Denver.