In keeping with the theme 14 specialty drinks by the Captain Morgan rum and 300 by Absolut vodka brands — “mixed to perfection so they not only taste good but look good,” said Perry. The restaurant will be open just adjacent to the live music setting with new finger foods available — Perry suggested everyone will want to try the “Gator Fingers.”
This became possible after Somerset citizens voted to go “wet,” legalizing the sale of alcohol, back in June. J. Gumbo’s has been open for a year now downtown, but this is the kind of idea that Patel had in his head all along, he said, with work on the specific plans beginning in October.
While most other restaurants in town applying for liquor licenses are out on U.S. 27, this type of restaurant and bar dining experience will be a completely new thing for downtown Somerset, which has virtually nothing in the way of nightlife so far. Perry said they’re hoping to reach a demographic of young urban professionals all the way up to those around age 75, with a vision of a “high-end establishment for the downtown sophisticated corporate people of Somerset” where they can go and wind down after work.
The restaurant is working on crossing the final T’s and dotting the final I’s for its liquor license, and Perry said the city has gotten tons of feedback so far about what’s going on at J. Gumbo’s. Perry and Patel hope to have the license in place by Friday, when local artists Pearlie Jenkins, Jonathan New, and Cory White are scheduled to perform.
It’s that kind of “high-caliber local music talent,” as well as other established artists from the Nashville area, that Perry is planning to help bring in to the Captain’s Lounge, making it one of the premier live music venues in this part of the state.