Mar 18, 2022 - Food and Drink

Atta boy, Attaboy

Brandon Bramhall of Attaboy.
Brandon Bramhall of Attaboy. Photo: Larry McCormack/The Tennessean/USA Today Network

East Nashville cocktail bar Attaboy advanced in its quest for a James Beard Award this week, nabbing one of five nominations for the best bar service in the country.

Meanwhile, local chef Philip Krajeck — who works at Rolf and Daughters in Germantown and Folk in East Nashville — made the list of nominees for best chef in the southeast.

  • Two other Nashville chefs named to the semifinalist list did not make the final cut for nominations.

What's next: An awards ceremony is scheduled for June.

What they're saying: Brandon Bramhall, managing partner of the Nashville location of Attaboy, said the recognition was encouraging, particularly after a bruising two-year span that included a deadly tornado that killed bar staff.

  • "Everyone in our business has had tremendous challenges since March 2020, so we feel fortunate we have just been able to survive and keep the doors open," Bramhall tells Axios.
  • "Getting a nod this year does feel extra special because of the unknown path forward after the tornado and everything we had to go through around then."
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