Rooted in the traditions of regional cooking, Henley celebrates quality products made by American hands, we are a restaurant with a southern soul and French technique. Whether it is our dynamic small plates menu, the cocktail cart providing tableside manhattans, or our delicious Sunday brunch with live music; there is always something at Henley worth experiencing. Henley is a neighborhood communal space that is as accessible for locals as it is for people taking their first bite out of Nashville.
Executive Chef Kristin Beringson began her culinary journey in 2009 when she made the bold decision to leave behind her career in retail management and hasn’t looked back. After graduating from The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, Chef Beringson transformed the East Nashville speakeasy-style restaurant, Holland House, into an acclaimed dining destination. She went on to sharpen her knives and skillset at Germantown’s upscale bistro, SILO, the Japanese fusion-style concept, The Green Pheasant, and Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill. Chef Beringson has also flexed her culinary skills on Food Network’s “Chopped” and brought home the winning title of Chopped Champion.
At Henley’s helm, Chef Beringson weaves her appreciation for classic French technique and her fondness for fresh Mediterranean flavors into the Southern soul of our modern American brasserie. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can catch her and hanging with her two sons, Oliver and Harvey, and husband, Ryan, or tending to her garden.
A Tennessee native, Natalie grew up in Murfreesboro where she graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a double major in Film and Communications, with a Geology minor. Having dabbled in the restaurant industry since the age of 15, she moved to Nashville in 2012 and got her start in the Music City as a bartender at Sinema Restaurant + Bar, located within the historic Melrose Theater. Over the next three years, Natalie delved into expanding Sinema’s cocktail program, specially creating a brunch program, before accepting a position as bartender at Henley.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Natalie began flexing her cocktail skills under the mentorship of Henley’s former head bartender, Jon Howard. In 2018 and 2019 she competed in Speed Rack, in 2018 she won Castle & Key Distillery’s “Cocktail Competition” and in 2019 she was the regional winner of the “Fernet-Branca Barback Games.” While bartending and competing, she also took on the role as a consultant for Mission Chinese, an eclectic Asian restaurant with locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco. In 2021, Natalie accepted the position as head bartender of Henley where she draws Southern ingredient and flavor influences from childhood memories of running around her parents’ garden.
When she’s not behind the stick, Natalie can be found reading, collecting sneakers, enjoying cocktails at her favorite spot, The Fox, eating nachos at Bastion, or relaxing at Cowboy Public House with her pup, Atari Tamagotchi, by her side.