SINEMA Restaurant + Bar : A contemporary approach to americana cuisine
Sinema Restaurant + Bar takes a contemporary approach to classic Americana cuisine. The historic Melrose Theater, which opened in 1942, has a storied history of delighting movie-goers and creating long lasting memories. Today, housed in the same space, Sinema aims to keep that tradition alive. The guest experience is inspired by the history of the theater: the architectural design, the patrons, and the stars who graced it's big screen.
The culinary team, led Executive Chef Kyle Patterson, looks to take familiar dishes and make you fall in love with them all over again through his innovative and inspired approach to cooking. Chef Kyle's team takes a fresh look at what classic Americana should be, and the result is a diverse and timeless menu.
Sinema's cocktail program celebrates over 150 years of craft libations and includes a rare whiskey program with over 100 selections, thoughtfully selected wines and craft beers.
Whether you're looking to have a mid-week dinner, celebrate a special occasion, or host a red carpet private dining experience, Sinema takes guests back in time with an opulent and nostalgia inducing atmosphere, timeless dishes, and unrivaled service.
Our space features two levels of dining space, including a bar and private dining areas. The décor, developed by Anderson Design Studio, is a combination of preserved elements of the original building and modern, custom design. The grand lobby, including the curved staircase, have been restored and complemented by exposed brick walls, cozy velvet tufted booths, and legendary music photography by Robert Knight and Mary Ann Bilham.
Since opening in June 2014, Sinema has achieved many accolades, including national coverage and acknowledgements from Eater, Bon Appetit, Tasting Table, Zagat, Thrillist, Southern Living, and Food Network, and glowing local reviews from Nashville Scene, Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles and StyleBlueprint. Opening executive chef Dale Levitski won the 2015 Iron Fork, Nashville Scene’s annual culinary competition, won both best presentation and dish at “Beards for Beard” culinary competition, and claimed first prize in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine’s 2014 Savor Nashville Challenge to the Chefs brunch cook off. Additional accolades include: Nashville Scene-Best New Restaurant, 2014, Best Restaurant & Best Dessert, 2015 and Best Cocktails & Best Date Night, 2016; Thrillist--Best New Restaurant, Best Restaurants in Nashville, Best Whiskey Bars, Best Cocktail Bar & Best Happy Hour. Southern Living voted Sinema One of the South's Best Brunches in 2016 and Zagat rated Sinema one of the 10 Hottest Restaurants in Nashville in 2016.
SINEMA IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY COLIN AND BRENDA REED, BROTHERS ED AND SAM REED, AUSTIN RAY, AND Q-JUAN TAYLOR
Meet the family
A native of Chicago, Kyle relocated to Nashville to join the Sinema team as Sous Chef in advance of its June 2014 opening. He worked alongside executive chef Dale Levitski since 2012, including the opening of Levitski’s Frog n Snail. Kyle was promoted to Executive Chef in 2016, and the daily menu at Sinema reflects his creativity.
Alex came to Sinema in advance of the June 2014 opening, after working at Levy restaurants, Tripel, and Purdue University. He relocated from Chicago after spending four years working with Dale Levitski to become Sinema’s Chef du Tournant, and was recently promoted to Sous Chef.
Q-Juan Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, spanning restaurant concept, management, operations and training. His experience started at age 14 at a restaurant in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Since then, he’s managed and opened a variety of restaurants, hotels and resorts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and Nashville.
Before Sinema, Q was the manager at Simon LA for three years, before traveling with Simon to Las Vegas to manage Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place. Q has also worked with Elizabeth Blau, and served as the Director of Restaurant Operations for the Palms Place Hotel in Las Vegas. In Nashville, Q has offered his expertise as a food, beverage and management consultant for Loews Hotels and Gaylord Entertainment.
As Managing Partner of Sinema, Q is responsible for establishing and training the full staff and providing a stellar experience for guests.
Richard joined the staff in 2015 as General Manager, and came to us with over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry. His previous experience includes being part of the opening team for The Miami Beach Edition created by legendary Ian Schrager and Chef Jean-George. Prior to that, Richard served as the General Manager of Etch in Nashville. He also has experience in restaurant management and as a fromager and sommelier for many properties within the Gaylord Resorts family.
Richard excels in creating unique customer experiences at both Sinema and cites love and passion for the food and beverage industry as his driving force.
Seth is a Nashville native who joined the team in 2015 as part of the serving staff. With a background in IT and Design, Seth spent time in San Francisco to pursue design, then came back to Nashville, realizing his roots in hospitality were strong and that his ideal job included interacting with people and not from behind a desk. His work ethic as manager comes from being on the service side of the restaurant and he blends his customer service and knowhow to create great experiences in our restaurant.
According to Seth, he thrives on the hand shaking, joke telling, wine tasting, amazing food eating parts that comes from the food and beverage industry.
Director of Marketing and special Events
Carrie joined the Sinema team in February of 2015. Her experience started with Knoxville-based Copper Cellar Corporation which brought her to Nashville, and most recently worked as catering manager for Gaylord Opryland and Sodexo at HCA headquarters. Carrie was recently promoted to Director of Marketing & Special Events, and oversees the Private Dining program as well as marketing for the restaurant. .
In her spare time, Carrie loves to travel, explore the outdoors, cheer on the Tennessee Vols, and is the human of choice for her Boston Terriers named Butch and Doc Holliday.