Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar is nestled into the historic neighborhood of it’s namesake in East Nashville. Woven into it’s very fabric are elements of the community, history and camaraderie that make up it’s charm. From the reconstructed storefront to resemble the original 1930s H.G Hills dry goods store, to the center wall built by friends and family, to the comforting dishes paying tribute to Chef Hal’s upbringing, it all represents a piece of Lockeland Table’s foundation.
The building was constructed in the 1930’s as one of the original H.G. Hills dry goods stores. For over forty years it was Boutique Coiffures, east Nashville’s beauty shop. Elaine was the owner and Star was the main hair dresser. In their honor, Lockeland Table has a drink name after them – the Star & Elaine. During this period, a angry husband drove his car through the front window. Elaine decided to build back where his car landed, thus changing the whole facade of the building.
Hal M. Holden-Bache, executive chef and owner of Lockeland Table, arrives at his East Nashville restaurant each day with one goal — “Everybody who walks out the front door and the back door wants to come back.” His investment is in tomorrow, a motto as simple, yet refined as Hal’s poise and culinary skill. Lockeland Table, Hal’s latest venture with partner Cara Graham, has everyone wanting to come back. Friendly staff, cozy vibe, and ‘upscale dining without any fuss,’ he is cooking for a packed house nearly every night.
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Cara Graham’s inviting smile is a warm, familiar feeling for steady restaurant-goers in the Nashville, Tenn. area. And even if it’s your first time meeting her, the pleasure is all the same. With over 17 years of restaurant experience, Cara’s front-of-house savvy has perfected her knack for setting the tone. Her resume extends to several Nashvillian favorites, along with a Business/Management degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that keeps all things business in check at Lockeland Table, her latest venture with partner and executive chef, Hal Holden-Bache.
Danny ‘Boston’ Bua may be fresh into the food scene in Music City, but he is no stranger in the kitchen. With ample experience in cuisines ranging from French to Mediterranean to Mexican, it was cooking authentic Italian with his grandmother and sister that led him to pursue a career in the culinary industry. At the ripe age of 16, he began as a dishwasher at a Mom & Pop Italian restaurant in his neighborhood. From there, he moved up to line cook and straight into Culinary Arts School to perfect his craft.