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Urban Grub Nashville Building 12th South


Urban Grub is a casual fine dining spot located in a renovated carwash in Nashville’s booming 12 South district. The indoor-outdoor restaurant-bar opened as a signature landmark on 12th Avenue South in the Spring of 2012, as a project led by seasoned restaurateur Jay Pennington and Chef Edgar Pendley.

Chef Edgar Pendley has created a diverse menu featuring everything from fresh seafood and house-made pasta to tender chops and prime in-house dry-aged steaks. In the back-of-house at Urban Grub, you’ll find more than your typical commercial kitchen. Pastas are made in house in a vintage pasta machine, the meat pantry is well stocked with freshly butchered pigs, goats, lambs and cows, and the meat curing room has slabs of bacon, prosciutto and culatello aging and curing in preparation for its debut on The Grub’s world-class charcuterie boards.

The design of the restaurant features a rustic elegance, filled with custom woodwork, stone fireplaces and rounded booths tucked in intimate corners. Urban Grub offers both indoor and outdoor seating with a combination of the two in the beer garden with a view of the restaurant’s meat curing room, as well as a covered gazebo for larger parties. At the epicenter of the restaurants multiple nooks, rooms and patios, diners can visit the oyster bar overlooking the open, wood-fired kitchen.


Chef Edgar


Edgar Pendley is the Chef-owner at Urban Grub: Fresh Fish & Fine Aged Meats in Nashville’s popular 12th South neighborhood. He is a Nashville native who grew up ensconced in the restaurant business from all directions. From his family’s experience in the restaurant business and its corresponding construction education, to menu development and operational management,  Pendley has become a prodigal force in the restaurant world on an international scale. In the years following his graduation from Johnson & Whales’ International School of Culinary Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, he spent time opening hotels all over the United States. He has been the executive chef of Urban Grub since its opening in April 2012, and in the past years since, Edgar has continued to bring inspired dishes to the Grub’s menu.

In 2015, Pendley launched a produce stand for the 12th South neighborhood across the street from Urban Grub. The idea would serve both the local community and eventually serve as a supply chain for the restaurant’s produce needs. No other restaurant in Nashville possess this both unique and convenience to support its operation.

Chef Pendley’s execution of the dishes and creativity to take it to the next level has him in the spotlight as a rising chef in the ever-growing Nashville food scene and beyond.