Edit Offers Cocktails and Light Bites with Tiki Bar Flair

Edit Restaurant
Photo from Edit Facebook

A hot place on a cold winter night, Edit brings a touch of French Polynesia to Hendersonville’s Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center. It is the brainchild of Jon and Lindsay Yeager of Pour Taste, and chef Brandon Frohne, best known for his time on Chopped. They have brought together a look, taste and feel of lazy tropical days and nights with their concept coffee and cocktail café.

Opened a little over a year ago, the café is a coffee bar for a late breakfast in the morning, a café at lunch and a cocktail bar in the evening. The look is modern minimalist meets tiki bar lite with lots of rattan, bamboo seating, a mid-modern mural of tropical leaves, and lighting that appears to be a giant tanning bed. 

The Yeagers are well-known among the craft cocktail crowd, as Jon gained footing by being part of the emerging craft cocktail scene when it started to go crazy in Nashville with the opening of Holland House and Patterson House in the late 2000s and early 2010s. From this experience, the couple began a cocktail consulting business that has taken them all over the world as they help hotels, restaurants and bars develop their own unique cocktail menu and bar vibe. They helped Gray’s in Franklin develop their bar’s cool culture. 

A fifth-generation chef, Brandon Frohne blends his European and Southern roots with his love of tropical flavors to create his one-of-a kind blend of flavors and textures, most recently at the pop-up Wildcat BBQ. The newly revised menu at Edit, Frohne has limited to a few items that are served all day.

One item that remains on the menu is the butter candle. Frohne offers a candle made of butter that melts as it burns and turns into a dip for his crunchy French baguette bread. Another item remaining from the original menu is the charcuterie board made with an ever-changing assortment of meats and cheeses.

Standing out on the new menu is the Black Truffle Garlic Bread. It is made with fontina and gruyere cheeses. Two other finger foods worth a try are the Whipped Feta served with Naan and the Butternut Squash Flatbread with its smoky, sweet and spicy flavor. 

Other items on the new menu include the Loaded Adobo Fries; Sticky Chicken Wings; Yum Yum Buns, their version of sliders; and the Hautè Dog, which is a little taste of Nashville blended with a little taste of Waikiki.   

For breakfast dishes to go with a barista-made morning coffee, the three burritos have been cut down to one and chocolate banana bread has been added. The small coffee bar serves premium hot and cold beverages featuring Retrograde coffee and organic tea drinks like chai and Tazo’s Calm. 

While the original menu was a bit more substantial, this new menu works better with the bar café concept, as the focus is on the drinks. Something that needs finger food instead of heavy, sloppy sandwiches. 

The cocktails are the big hit. They have the standard tropicals, like a Mai Tai and a Mijito, but they also have some that are little known beyond the lands of trade winds, sun and sandy beaches. Anyone who has loved a Pisco Sour or a Suffering Bastard on a vacation in Hawai’i or the Caribbean can quench their thirst on these retro drinks at Edit, where they have added their own special twist. 

House-created, tropics-inspired drinks are also on the menu. These include the Brown Butter and Banana Old Fashioned, Murder Points and Common Problems. The Brown Butter and Banana Old Fashioned is made with brown butter-infused rye, brandy, Cynar, and fresh banana. Sherry, Amaro, lemon, dragonfruit, and champagne comprise the Murder Points. And the Common Problems is a blend of gin, lime, ginger, cucumber and lychee nut.

An extensive wine and beer menu is also available. They focus on French wines.  

Catch their Instagram or Facebook for entertainment, like music or a magician who does close-up illusions. And they had pop-up dinners on Tuesdays during December. Since there is no kitchen, just a place to warm-up the premade tapas menu, the pop-up chefs offer a limited menu. In December, Chef Marino Bianchi offered a fire-roasted menu. 

Edit is located at 300 Indian Lake Boulevard in Hendersonville, next to the Regal Cinema. They are open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until midnight on Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and noon until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.