Led by Executive Chef Levon Wallace, Gray & Dudley brings an eclectic menu to downtown Nashville, inspired by Wallace’s West Coast roots.

Market driven dishes are fresh, bright, honest and playful, with some showcasing traditional hearth cooking methods. Paying homage to the building’s past life as the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company, the reimagined restaurant and lounge space embraces and celebrates high and low, new and old. Adjacent museum galleries exhibiting contemporary art foster exploration over cocktails or following a meal filled with heartfelt hospitality.

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Levon Wallace

Executive Chef

Levon Wallace’s thoughtful approach combines technique, creativity and aesthetics to create menus that reflect his West Coast roots. A California native and graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Wallace apprenticed at some of the city’s finest restaurants before becoming Chef de Cuisine at the Ojai Valley Inn, receiving both AAA Four and Five Diamond Restaurant Awards. Wallace previously worked with 21c Museum Hotels in Louisville, when he joined Proof on Main in 2012. During his time there, 21c Louisville was selected among Bon Appetit’s “10 Best Hotels for Food Lovers” and he was selected by Star Chefs as the 2014 Rising Star Chef. Wallace returned to 21c Museum Hotels in September after serving as the opening executive chef of James Beard Award winner Donald Link’s Cochon Butcher Nashville.

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Shane Batchelor

Food & Beverage Director

The front-of-house team at Gray & Dudley is led by Food and Beverage Director Shane Batchelor, previously Director of Operations at Nashville’s Strategic Hospitality. There he oversaw restaurant operations, employee training and development and brand growth for The Patterson House, Merchants, Pinewood Social and Le Sel. Batchelor, a Nashville native, has more than a decade of food and beverage experience, ranging from fast casual to chef-driven tasting menu concepts. He brings an eye for detail and a soul for heartfelt hospitality to the Gray & Dudley team. Batchelor also oversees banquets, catering and in-room dining services at 21c Museum Hotel Nashville.

Menagerie at Gray & Dudley includes a series of ceramic sculptures by Beth Cavener Stichter, as well as photographs by Rodney Batista, Laura Lee Brown, Tim Flach, and Anthony Goicolea that depict animal imagery. Stichter’s ceramic sculptures combine human and animal traits, reflecting her fascination with both human and animal behavior and what she describes as her interest in reading meaning in the subtler signs and the slightest unconscious gestures. Among the works on view are Stichter’s Spanish Feral Meat Goats, a sculptural series modeled on descendants of livestock brought to the United States in the 16th-century, which depict figures caught in movement or conversation, as well as a selection of multi-hued figures from Stichter’s Emotions series, modeled after the four Greek humours.