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Five Senses owner Mitchell Murphree has announced he’s opening an upscale steakhouse this summer.
Steakhouse Five — a name that gives a nod to his flagship restaurant — will open in the former space of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Fountains at Gateway, 1500 Medical Center Parkway.
“The theme is going to be Southern historical, a classic steakhouse with a Southern historic motif,” said Murphree, who opened Five Senses Restaurant, Bar and Catering over 15 years ago and made it one of the most popular upscale restaurants in Rutherford County.
Murphree garnered the idea for Steakhouse Five as a way to fill a void in the dining scene. He said Murfreesboro has a lot of restaurant options that keep diners eating local. “But people were still driving to Nashville to get a high-end steak meal. I was like, ‘We can make this happen.’”
Steakhouse Five, a new restaurant from chef Mitchell Murphree, will be located in the heart of Fountains at Gateway, overlooking the small park in the center of the campus at 1500 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. (Photo: Submitted)
About the menu
A steakhouse also ties his childhood to his profession.
"My grandparents raised livestock, my family ran a country ham business," said Murphree, whose grandfather started founded Clifty Farms, a well-known purveyor of meats. "And I was a member of the UT Knoxville meat judging team. You could say an appreciation for meat has been with me since I was born."
The menu will be different than Five Senses, he said, which will set both restaurants apart from each other.
“(At Steakhouse Five) you’re going to see shrimp cocktail, oysters Rockefeller and the best meats, dry-aged steaks and chops that money can buy,” said Murphree, who is procuring products from local farms as well as high-end butchers.
Intimate dining experience
To complement the classic steakhouse vibe, Murphree plans to create an intimate feel for the dining room.
“We’ve basically gutted the entire interior. It’s four walls and a concrete floor again,” he said.
The restaurant will seat up to 100 guests inside as well as 20 on the adjoining patio overlooking the main pocket park.
The décor in the main dining area will feature heavy drapes in blues and greens, and wooden tables with “cushy benches” throughout.
There will also be conservatory-style bar with a full-width glass door that open to the patio, along with New York-style cocktail tables that “give off a bigger city approach” that Fountains exudes, Murphree said.
Mitchell Murphree, owner and executive chef of Five Senses Restaurant, will open an upscale steakhouse in Fountains at Gateway.
In the center of the restaurant will be a dining room divider with elevated booths set amid hanging accent pieces that should help with noise reduction in the large space, he said.
“Everything we are doing (décor wise) we are taking into consideration the noise situation,” Murphree said.
Along with the main dining area, Steakhouse Five will boast a large private room and a mezzanine that seats a smaller group.
Eventually Murphree hopes to capitalize on the classic steakhouse theme and introduce cocktails from some of the country’s finest dining establishments.
Steakhouse Five is the kind of restaurant Fountains at Gateway wanted to attract, said developer Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties.
“Ever since planning began for Fountains at Gateway, we envisioned authentic chef-run restaurants as part of the fabric of the Fountains experience. A high-end steakhouse is what we felt Murfreesboro needed next," Graby said. "Mitchell’s Five Senses restaurant had been recommended to us numerous times, so we were elated when he decided to bring a steakhouse concept to Fountains. It’s a perfect fit.”
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