Before his fall, Jody Faison dominated Nashville’s restaurant scene. Act 2: New law practice, fresh outlook
August 16th, 2013 - By BRAD SCHMITT, - The Nashville Ledger
In his heyday, Jody Faison’s employees called him “King,” and Faison indeed ruled – and, in many ways, created – Nashville’s modern-day restaurant scene.
In the 1980s, Faison began launching innovative eateries, starting with Faison’s in Hillsboro Village. The King also founded 12th & Porter, Iguana, Jody’s and Café 123, among others, each creating a buzz and attracting its own unique clientele.
Faison – who struggled with payroll taxes, substance abuse and divorce from the woman who also became his business and creative partner – eventually dismantled his empire, completely by 2004.
Then, Faison, married to a second wife and father to his “second litter,” went to law school. At 54, he is now beginning his second career in a humble office on Third Avenue North, 25 yards from Printer’s Alley after passing the Tennessee bar exam in April.
The Nashville Ledger talked with him about his journey from Nashville’s restaurant king to new lawyer: