Kathy Anderson has yet again waved her magic wand to give Nashville a taste of the 1920s. From the grand piano in the entry to vintage furniture and high-rise ceilings, Kathy has transformed an 1890’s property into a craft cocktail bar and small plate restaurant called Black Rabbit.
Kathy’s work at Black Rabbit can be characterized by the way the venue invites you into the era of Jazz, Art Deco, and Speakeasies. Patrons get lost in time just by stepping through the front door. Head Chef and owner, Trey Cioccia, wanted to preserve the history of the building, and even chose the name after a New York speakeasy.
Kathy is the proud Owner and Principal Designer of Anderson Design Studio and has styled many celebrity homes and some of Nashville’s most famous venues. Black Rabbit, which opened in late November 2017, is just one of her many projects coming to fruition this year.
Working with Kathy on the project was Anderson Design Studio’s Design Director, Katie Stix. With an eye for creating functional, beautiful and inspiring environments, she was the perfect counterpart to help create the vision from the building’s blank canvas.
Katie says, “The vibe we wanted to create was that of an underground speakeasy with a nod to the prohibition era. We took inspiration from the building with its 100-year-old brick walls and wooden floors to create a comfortable yet interesting space for both locals and tourists alike. It was great working with Trey and his talented team whose passion helped drive the vision.”
The space seats 122 inside including bar seating, custom booths and lounge seating by the fireplace. The alley terrace shared with the 21C Hotel accommodates another 2-30 patrons. To enhance the ultimate dining experience, Kathy created an open kitchen with a wood-fire grill as the center piece. Kathy has succeeded in creating a space that boasts functionality, character and sophistication.
Simultaneously, the completion of Kathy’s work on Black Rabbit occurred while her collection of home décor items was released in Nordstrom stores as a part of Swedish design company, Eightmood. Kathy appeared last month with Eightmood at AmericasMart in Atlanta alongside her home furnishing line as it expands across the USA.