Owner

Owner 360 Bistro

Nick Jacobson

As Owner of 360 Bistro, Nick Jacobson assumes several roles. Although his main responsibility lies in the day-to-day behind-the-scenes organization, his presence on the floor is evident. Awarded a degree in History from the University of Tennessee in 2003, Nick knew his future lay outside prototypical career paths. After spending two years in the financial sector at a Franklin, Tennessee venture capital fund, Nick knew it was time to reach for something he truly enjoyed. A lover of food and wine his entire life, Nick opened the restaurant in 2005. During the past fourteen years, he has guided the restaurant through many changes while assuming many different roles. His main emphasis now is 360's wine program. Nick is also Co-Owner and Partner of Party Fowl, a hot chicken restaurant. Opened in 2014, there are now six locations, with plans to open two more locations in 2022. He currently resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Ashley, and their children Cameron and Avery. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors while skiing, running, and scuba diving.

general-manager

General Manager

Elise Loehr

Elise Loehr has had a dazzling and passionate career as a restauranteur, sommelier, and beverage director at F. Scott's, Table 3, and The Wine Market. Her education has led her on extensive travels across the world's great wine regions and has accredited her with some of the wine industry's most challenging programs: The Advanced School of Service and Hospitality in Napa, and the completion of the Court of The Master Sommelier's advanced exam to name a few. Since 2013, she has been the Cellar Master for the Nashville chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the few global chapters to maintain it's own wine cellar. In March of 2020, she won the Cochon 555 Sommelier competition, exemplifying the spirit and accuracy of her educated palate. She has numerous appearances as "the wine guru" on "Sing for your Supper", a nationally syndicated cooking and entertainment series. She served as a founding board member of the Green Fork Academy, a non-profit organization fostering healthy and sustainable food, cooking, and urban agriculture learning, and has also shared her talents and knowledge through teaching wine classes such as those with the Nashville Professional Wine Academy and "Wine Talk", an educational series offered through The Nashville Wine Auction. She consults for several restaurants and has been featured in many magazines, including, People Country and the Sommelier Journal. She regularly participates as sommelier and lecturer for a variety of events such as The Nashville Wine Auction, the Hilton Head Island Food and Wine Festival, Savannah Food and Wine Festival, and the Sandestin Wine Festival in Florida.
We are delighted to have her to 360 as our General Manager and Wine Director! Let her do the thinking and get ready for her to take you on a wine pairing ride!

Executive Chef

Ben Kassman

Ben Kassman has spent a good portion of his life in the kitchen. At the young age of 12, he went to work for his Father's restaurant, a New York-style delicatessen called Rein's, just outside Hartford, Connecticut. Ironically, it was Ben's father that discouraged him from pursuing a culinary career, but that didn't end up sticking.

Ben made the move to Nashville in 2006 and naturally took a restaurant job to pay the bills. Finding himself surrounded by talented chefs in Nashville's fast-growing restaurant world, it became clear to him how much he enjoyed the creative process. The value of starting with an empty plate and building something for it. For all of his family members involved in the business, he realized it was in his blood and got serious in 2010.

Ben has worked in a variety of notable Nashville restaurants including; Bound'ry, Southstreet, Mac & Kate's, and The Little Octopus Commissary. Having been with 360 Bistro for a little over three years and expanding on his classic French style of cooking, Ben was enthusiastic to step into the position of Executive Chef.

Chefs
Sous Chef

William Norton

Will Norton grew up in beautiful Huntsville, Alabama. His career path looked obvious at first; grow into and eventually take over his mother's engineering firm. The problem came when he realized that sitting at a desk all day was not the work for him.

In 2011, he made his way to Nashville to attend The Art Institute's Culinary program. He was able to sink his teeth into his new profession at places like Sinema, Treehouse, and 360 Bistro. He often reflects on how rewarding his job is, and that it doesn't feel like "work" at all. He truly loves putting energy into his craft. Will is well-traveled, and enjoys eating and creating in all styles of cuisines.

Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager

Chris Silva

Chris is native to Schenectady, New York. The son of a nuclear engineer and a hands-on Mom, Chris had an idea to study economics at the University of Iowa. He ended up having way more fun at his side job as a singing waiter at a restaurant called Givanni's, where he likened himself jokingly to Johnny Mathis.

Fast forward a few years and back in New York, he found himself pursuing his two loves; one as a theatre student at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute and HB Studios, the second, a coveted position as a captain at The Windows on the World restaurant located at the top of the World Trade Center.

In 2003 he moved to Nashville and went to work for our very own Brett Allen at The Wild Boar. They've teamed up again as managers here at 360 and he is definitely part of the family. He loves 360 for the food, wine, and cocktails, but it's the people he really loves. His coworkers and all of our wonderful guests are special to him and he says his experiences with them have been cathartic and have made him a better person. "360 is very organic; no false notes about the food that comes out of the kitchen or the people that work here. There's not a lot of places like it." We think the same of your Chris!