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 Nashville native, Samuel Stephens brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience to the Henley team. Samuel got his start in the restaurant business via his former bandmate who happened to be a bartender and convinced him to give the industry a shot. After a few years into serving tables, Samuel landed his first bar position at a local steakhouse in Nashville and was hooked after his first week on the job. He immediately fell in love with bartending and the creative freedom and heightened level of engagement that came with it. He went on to secure roles in different establishments throughout the city, including being part of the opening crew of Little Fib, an American Retro restaurant. After a year at Little Fib, he started a new position as co-lead bartender at Ellington's Restaurant at the The Fairlane Hotel, where he really began refining his skills and defining his style as a craft bartender. With more experience under his belt, Sam took the leap in 2021 and became Lead Bartender at Hotel Indigo Nashville, continuing to expand his mixology knowledge and abilities.
In his new role as Henley’s lead bartender, Samuel will be responsible for leading the bar team, ensuring the bar operation runs efficiently and dreaming up new creations and menus that follow the Henley’s well established elevated and seasonal approach, while pushing the boundaries on flavors and creating a sense of identity within each of his cocktails.
When he’s not behind the stick, Samuel can be found checking out new restaurants and bars with his wife, practicing martial arts or writing music with his death metal band, Plagueis.