NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center not only reopened its doors for the first time since the May flood on Monday, but also opened several new restaurants.
Authentic Mexican restaurant Solario is now located inside Gaylord Opryland's Garden Conservatory Atrium and at nearby Ravello, guests can dine on favorites from southern Italy.
Restaurant spaces inside the Garden Conservatory Atrium were completed destroyed when the Cumberland River overflowed its banks and flooded the resort in early May.
Now, six months later, guests will find a wide variety of dining options within the complex.
At Solario, diners will find dishes as diverse as the culture in Mexico itself.
"It's not your typical Mexican restaurant," Executive Chef Jonathan King told News 2. "You're going to find braised meats as opposed to ground meats, you're going to find cooked sauces and raw sauces [and] you're going to find fresh lime and cilantro on everything."
He continued, "It's as authentic as we can possibly make it, its fun, it's unpretentious, it's easy to eat, it's made to be eaten with your fingers, it's meant to be spicy, it's meant to be shared and that's the communal family part of Mexican food that sometimes I think we forget."
Italian restaurant Ravello is named after a coastal city in southern Italy that is known for artisan foods.
The new restaurant is located where the resort's previous Italian restaurant sat.
Hotel guests will be able to enjoy southern Italy favorites, such as Ravello's version of pizza, which is made with traditional Italian dough.
"We have a unique spin on things," Executive Chief Jason Kroll told News 2, adding, "You're here in Nashville, but you can almost close your eyes and then open them again and then you are in Italy."
In addition to Solario and Ravello, hotel guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails at The Falls, sample wines from around the world at Conservatory Bar or sip on gourmet coffee at Cocoa Bean.