At 5th & Taylor, we believe the simple act of sharing a meal returns us to the days when what we have in common is more important than what separates us. Though we may come to the table with a variety of hopes and needs, we can relate through the universal necessity to nourish our bodies and connect with others.
5th & Taylor is Chef Daniel Lindley’s homage to the American family meal. Inspired by Sunday dinners from his childhood, the menu features familiar yet refined expressions of traditional fare meant to foster a sense of community among guests.
In early 2013, Lindley began designing 5th & Taylor American Restaurant. His earliest visions for the historic Germantown warehouse space included a tribute to General Francis Nash, Nashville's namesake, to be executed by Chattanooga-based artist, Cessna Decosimo. The life-size sculpture floats over ample banquette seating, both of which now dominate the main dining room. A residential feeling permeates the space and oversized two-way mirrors, shielding private dining rooms, add depth to the raw interior. Additionally, plans called out a prominent, open kitchen with a French island suite and 8-foot wood burning grill; as well as a 28-foot bar beneath the original hot rolled steel warehouse windows. An enclosed patio space featuring a diamond-shaped, infinity-edged fountain and matching exterior bar were also designed by Lindley. The chef-designer worked with Nashville architect firm, Smith Gee Studio, to draft his plans from graph paper to architectural drawings as well as Chattanooga-based Range Projects on furnishings, new store fronts and custom kitchen cabinetry. Lindley collaborated with Ruth De Jong of LA-based De Jong & Co for furniture design and interior decorating.
Texture and color thoughtfully divide the main dining, bar and lounge areas, while the raised dining rooms provide private accommodations for up to 70 guests. Shielded by evergreens, the relaxing patio encourages a neighborhood atmosphere and departure from the bustling city.
Our wish is for the experiences and memories made at 5th & Taylor to foster a sense of community, hospitality and warmth. We hope we have created a place, much like home, one can return again and again.
Daniel James Lindley, born July 20, 1977, is best described as a renaissance man. Most recognized as a James Beard Foundation nominated chef and restaurateur, he also vigorously pursues projects as an artist and designer.
Brimming with ideas, his passions are only tempered by his pragmatism.
Lindley’s family moved from Sparta, Illinois to Philadelphia to Chattanooga by the time he was six. As the middle child of five boys growing up in the South, he found creative outlets in sketching and painting. His father, a history teacher, spent summers working as a homebuilder and enlisted the help of his teenage sons as additional laborers. Unknowingly, Lindley was forming a structural aptitude that would resurface when he began work on his own homes.
He began his cooking career as a teenager working in local restaurants before volunteering on a hospital ship bound for Europe and West Africa. Even in his youth, Lindley took pride in his work. Upon his return, he moved to Westchester County, NY to work for Chef Terry Harwood at Harvest on Hudson. He then worked at Gramercy Tavern under Tom Colicchio before returning home for the opening of now acclaimed St. John’s Restaurant in 2000. Deeply rooted in Chattanooga, he considers the unique community his hometown.
Lindley has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. By the time he was 23, he was the executive chef at St. John’s. Soon after, he became partner and took over ownership in 2004, at which time he conceptualized and opened the more casual Meeting Place next door. By 2009, his third restaurant, Alleia, opened its doors in the Southside of Chattanooga. In addition to restaurants, Daniel has designed and executed four residential projects; three in the Southside neighborhood and one in the historic Fort Wood district.
In April of 2014, Lindley parted ways with his former business partner and sold his interest in St. John’s and Meeting Place. During his tenure as executive chef of St. John’s, he received five nominations by the James Beard
Foundation for Best Chef Southeast. He remains chef-owner of Alleia Restaurant as well as his latest venture, 5th & Taylor American Restaurant in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, which opened in the spring of 2015.
A father of two, Daniel is a devoted and patient parent who encourages his children, Keller and Jade, to be creative, critical thinkers. He currently splits his time between Chattanooga and Nashville.