An upscale sports bar that doubles as an events space and popular brunch spot is targeting an early summer opening in Midtown.

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By Lizzy Alfs
The Tennessean
April 17, 2018

The Ainsworth is under construction at 206 21st Ave. S. in the Aertson Midtown development, which is also home to Caviar & Bananas, Henley and Nada. New renderings show The Ainsworth will have a huge bar planted in the center of the space, garage doors that will open along 21st Avenue, big booths for group dining, and lots of greenery and wood details.

The Nashville outpost is the first in Tennessee for The Ainsworth parent company Paige Hospitality Group. The Ainsworth has four locations in New York, two in New Jersey and one in Kansas. 

“We wanted to go in smaller markets that have good (food and beverage), good community and good sports,” said Brian Mazza, president of Paige Hospitality Group. “I feel like every crane is in Nashville right now, developing either a building or new restaurant.”

Mazza described The Ainsworth as a “sophisticated sports bar” with a focus on much more than sports. Mirrors can actually cover the 40 to 50 televisions so diners won’t see the TVs when it’s not a big sports day. The restaurants in New York play a lot of ‘90s hip-hop music and only have game sound on for popular games. 

“We can’t rely on sports being our only stream of revenue, so we cater to a ton of major events in New York, and we’re starting to get some traction in Kansas City with events,” Mazza said.

The Nashville restaurant is designed with events in mind. Different sections of the restaurant could be reserved for private or semi-private events, and there is a designated private events space that will accommodate about 50 people. 

“(The Ainsworth is) basically like an events space that just has TVs and really great food,” Mazza said.

Mazza said craft cocktails and quality food are important elements at The Ainsworth, which serves a gourmet macaroni and cheese burger that’s gone viral on social media. Other menu options include crispy artichokes with lemon-garlic aioli, chicken lettuce wraps, Cobb salad, butternut squash and kale salad, veggie burger, short rib sandwich, filet and brick-pressed chicken. 

Menu prices haven’t been determined for the Nashville restaurant.