Mission & Purpose
Our company shall earn position as a world-leading, premiere hospitality collection brand that tenaciously pursues the Exceptional Experience for our guests and our people.
There are many dining and nightlife options for guests to choose from in this growing city, be it for a special occasion or simply grabbing a bite and a beer. Our commitment is to appreciate each and every guest, and promise to provide an outstanding experience through exceptional and sincere hospitality.
Chef Andrew Whitney was born in Dallas Texas, but spent most of his life in Middle Tennessee. He began as a dishwasher at the age of 15, and worked his way around various areas of the kitchen. “I don't think I ever had that ‘moment’ were it hit me. I just fell in love with cooking at a young age, so I did everything possible to find success in the industry.” Andrew believes his passion for success and hard work comes from his father. “He was a career driven man. He worked his way from a construction worker framing houses, to becoming the Vice President of the largest home building company in Middle Tennessee. He accomplished all of this by working hard and being self-motivated. I know that is where I get my drive from.”
Andrew went on to accomplish his career goals by receiving his Chef’s training at the Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitney was the Executive Chef for a local Nashville food truck turned Brick and Mortar, Riff’s Fine Street Food, before joining the M Street Family. He is now the Executive Chef of the award winning Asian fusion restaurant, Virago. His newest menu contributions are heavily influenced by the season, created with respect for regional traditions as well as the Asian culture.
Jay Flatley was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, where he began cooking at a young age with his mother and sister. Like many chefs, Jay started his restaurant career washing dishes in a neighborhood restaurant. He moved to Dallas, TX and began cooking for Outback Steakhouse, where he learned all areas of the restaurant. After Outback, Jay began cooking in a privately-owned restaurant when he decided to further his career and attend culinary school. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Culinary Institute of America and shortly after returned to New Orleans to be a Sous Chef at Crescent City Brewhouse. While there, he worked for three years before and after Hurricane Katrina, until leaving for the Gulf Coast where he was Chef De Cuisine for the upscale dining restaurant, Fire.
After two years on the beach, Jay moved to Nashville, TN and began cooking at Lime, where he became Sous Chef. Finally, in 2013, Jay became Executive Chef at Tavern in Midtown, M Street’s cool-casual, gastro-pub concept. As Chef of a local “foodie favorite,” Jay has been able to explore his creative mind by creating fun, inspired, and mouth-watering dishes
Growing up in Tennessee and north Georgia, Chef Robert Grace was steeped in rich, southern cooking with farm fresh ingredients. He has been working in kitchens since the age of 16, ultimately following his passion for food to Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island to earn a degree in Culinary Arts. Robert continued to hone his skills working in the thriving Providence food scene before coming to Nashville in 2007. In Nashville he served as Sous-chef and Chef de Cuisine under a James Beard Award winning chef before coming to M Street and Kayne Prime.
During Robert’s tenure at Kayne Prime, the chef and the restaurant have become multi-award winners. Some of the recent accolades include Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. 2013 from Gayot, the Nashville Scene’s Iron Fork Audience Award, Best Steak, Best of the Best and Best Restaurants from Nashville Lifestyles. Continuing to innovate with Kayne Prime’s artful, farm-to-table creations, Chef Grace can often be found at the Nashville Farmer’s Market sourcing fresh, seasonal produce.
Jason was born and raised Chicago, Illinois. He remembers being interested in cooking since he was a young boy. He started his culinary career washing dishes and prepping school lunches during high school. He attributes his inclination to cooking to his mother’s lack of cooking ability, so some of his best memories are cooking in the kitchen of his family home with his mother and father.
In Chicago, he worked for the Garden Restaurant in the Art Institute Museum, Walker Brother, Kumas Corner, De Cero, Lockdown Bar and Grill, and Veresway. The owners of Veresway were looking to reinvent their restaurant at the time, so they asked Jason to help create a new concept for her. He helped turn Veresway in Grange Hall Burger Bar, which featured grass fed beef burgers, homemade pies and ice creams, and hand cut fries. At Lockdown, Jason won Chicago's Best Burger Award and was interviewed for multiple TV outlets, such as Fox News, CBS, NBC, and the Living Well Network.
Jason moved to Nashville to be part of of the thriving food scene. After living in Nashville for only five days, he started his career with M Street and has been with the company since. Jason is now the executive chef of Saint Anejo, M Street’s cantina-style Latin inspired concept, where he implemented the weekend Brunch program and has seen immense growth in the restaurant’s success.
Shane Midnight grew up in Dansville, a small town in upstate New York. It was there that his parents engrained in him a strong work ethic from an early age. At his mother's beckon, Shane first set foot in a kitchen as a dishwasher at the age of sixteen...if he could have only known then the doors that experience would open down the road.
With the restless spirit of a twenty-something, Shane was fortunate to experience the diverse culinary scene of the United States. His stops along the way included stints at the Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise, the Grassy Key Dairy Bar in the Florida Keys and the Portland City Grill in Oregon. Throughout this time, he continued to hone his craft and learn from a diverse set of mentors along the way. He also earned his Associates Degree from the Western Culinary Institute while residing in Portland.
Sin City called next and Shane Midnight answered, accepting an opportunity to work under world famous Chef Mario Batali at Ristorante B&B. However, his vagabond soul led him away to Southern California where he served as Lead Line Cook at Cafe Chloe and Sous Chef at the very popular PrepKitchen in San Diego. That same sense of adventure even temped him briefly with a stint on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska feeding fishermen and their staffs.
Shane moved to Nashville in 2013, finally ready to settle down, and began working Whiskey Kitchen as a Sous Chef. Now, after a year and a half away, he has returned and accepted the position of Executive Chef. Chef Midnight has a passion for the tight-knit family his kitchen provides. He enjoys cultivating the budding careers of his colleagues and believes an inspired staff leads to an inspired menu.
Luke Senderling, originally from Dallas, Texas, started his career in Aspen, Colorado working in a steak house. This led him to be offered the opportunity at M Street to open their new steak house concept, Kayne Prime. After opening Kayne Prime, Luke moved to Virago, where he remained for a little over two years. Though he left Nashville for California for about a year, Luke came back to be part of the opening crew of Moto Cucina + Enoteca. He started as a line cook and worked his way up to managing the kitchen there. Luke has been part of the MStreet team for a cumulative five years. Though most people know Luke’s passion for cooking well, not everyone knows that he studied percussion at the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has an adorable son named Phoenix, and enjoys eating around town and learning from what other chefs are doing.
CEO, Founder & President
Chris Hyndman is the Founder and CEO of M Street, whose vision and execution pioneered the city’s modern restaurant scene. At age 16, Hyndman’s restaurant career began humbly as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. He opened his first restaurant, Virago, in 2000. Since, Hyndman has built his company M Street Entertainment Group, LLC to include eight highly successful ventures: Virago, Whiskey Kitchen, Kayne Prime, Tavern, Citizen, Saint Anejo, Moto, and The Rosewall. More than just a collection of restaurants, M Street has established itself as one of the city’s premiere lifestyle and entertainment brands.
Chief Operating Officer
Jamie is the Chief Operating Officer for M Street with a focus on cross-functional teams, business development, employee engagement, and special projects. Jamie joined the M Street team in July 2015 as the Director of Strategy and New Projects. She was recently promoted to COO in just over a year after proving an invaluable asset to the organization and its future direction. Previously, she undertook a three year entrepreneurial adventure as CEO and Proprietor of Tropical Suites Boutique Hotel in Bocas del Toro, Panamá.
Her professional background includes Bain & Company in a strategic consulting role as well as time in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers in New York City. A graduate of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Jamie holds an MBA with concentrations in strategy and finance, as well as bachelor's degrees in finance, international business, and marketing from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).
Director of Finance
Dan Leverett is the Director of Finance at M Street. A Nashville native, Dan graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Finance. Prior to joining M Street, he worked as an analyst and manager at Owens & Minor, a healthcare distribution company
Director of Operations: Kayne Prime, Virago, Moto, The Rosewall
Eric Martino is the Director of Operations for Kayne Prime, Moto, and Virago. His passion for developing relationships is evident in his commitment to the guest experience and to his community. Eric serves as a member of several organizations, including the Pencil Foundation, Feed America First, and ProStart TN. Eric has lived in Nashville for the last 9 years with his wife and two daughters. Before M Street, Eric worked with Carrabba’s Italian Grill for 18 years.
Director of Operations: Saint Añejo, Whiskey Kitchen, Tavern
Gregg McDermott was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. From a young age, Gregg knew he loved the restaurant business. Working on weekends and summers at his father’s waterfront restaurant, Gregg developed his passion for people, food and hospitality. Gregg moved from New York state to Florida and his restaurant career was off and running. The next 20 years were spent with Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Texas Roadhouse. While there, Gregg worked his way up from Kitchen Manager to Managing Partner, and ultimately to Regional Manager. Gregg joined M Street in early 2014 and has brought with him his passion and desire to "Make It Better". Gregg now lives in Nashville with his wife and four boys.
Ryan McLean, the Controller at M Street, has over ten years of combined public and private accounting experience. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting, Ryan is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining M Street, he was a manager for DGLF CPAs & Business Advisors.
Director of Human Resources
Erin Siler is the Human Resources Director at M Street, with overall responsibility for leading efforts to to attract, retain, and grow the company culture. She joined the organization in November 2015, and previously spent 10+ years leading Human Resources in the third party logistics industry. She received a BSBA in Organizational Communication from The Ohio State University. A resident of Nashville for the past 5 years, she has a passion for traveling, food, and exercise.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Justin is the Director of Sales and Marketing at M Street, responsible for leading various programs including brand and creative strategy, events & event sales, public relations, consumer promotions, advertising, graphic design, social media, consumer insights, as well as general internal and external communications. Justin joined the talented team at M Street in January of 2016; previously he founded his own Nashville-based advertising agency, ThreeOneThree.
In his earlier career, Justin dedicated seven years in trade marketing and sales with R.J. Reynolds after graduating with a degree in marketing from Arizona State University. Upon earning his MBA from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management with concentrations in brand management, marketing, and corporate strategy, he worked as a Global Brand Manager with Mattel Toys in Los Angeles. Justin also has experience in product marketing with technology leader Asurion and as Marketing Director with singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney, both here in Nashville. He has made his niche helping organizations develop, position, and launch new brands.
Marketing & Events Team
Rachael is responsible for executing branding and integrated advertising promotions across all of M Street's concepts. Rachael joined the team in June of 2016 and previously spent over 10 years leading the creative strategy for regional and national campaigns in the local Nashville advertising industry. Rachael's portfolio of brands includes Logan's Roadhouse, Cracker Barrel, Colgate, Claire's, Kirkland's, Pigeon Forge, Hotel Jerome and The Greenbrier.
She received her BSA in Advertising from the University of Tennessee. Rachael is a Nashville native who has a passion for anything that involves the city's thriving food scene and also an avid contributor to Five Dishes Nashville.
Kimberly Sawyer has been producing events since 2009 and is very passionate about creating one-of-a-kind experiences for her clients and for the community. Her dynamic background ranges from producing art and music-focused events for the surf industry to executing large scale events, such as the New York City Food & Wine Festival's Grand Tasting and Maxim Magazine's Hot 100 Party in Los Angeles. As M Street's Creative Producer, Kim uses her broad background to infuse elements of creativity into all aspects of the organization. She is charged with developing employee, philanthropic, and M Street-produced events as well as influencing future strategic projects.
Citizen Member Relations Manager
Haley Steinbuchel currently serves as the Citizen Member Relations & Event Manager at M Street. Her passion for customer service can be seen in her genuine interest in people and relationships.
With an extensive background in high-fashion, travel, and the music industry, Haley's worldly approach to member relations and VIP clientele truly shines.
Chelsea was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and her love of the Nashville food and entertainment scene brought her to the city in 2011 as a student at Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating, she began her career with M Street Entertainment Group as an Office Assistant. Quickly, she proved a valuable asset and was promoted to a member of the Marketing team in April of 2016. Chelsea manages M Street's social media program, the Word.On.The.Street. blog and various digital aspects of the marketing program. M Street's emphasis on creativity inspires her to think outside the box and she is always eager to learn & grow as a marketer. On the weekends, you can find her traveling, dining at one M Street's concepts, or baking something delicious at home.