Charcuterie. For Lindsey Hickman, owner of BYH in Gallatin, and Alyssa Connelly, Lindsey’s good friend and business associate, charcuterie means much more than just fancy meats and cheeses.
Four years ago, Lindsey and Alyssa’s passion for connecting people to local farm goods inspired them to do more in the community. They began teaching classes and holding events to demonstrate the importance of incorporating healthy, local foods into everyday life. Seeing success in their efforts, that eventually led them to opening a small local market in a small, northern California town, which still thrives today as a full, farm-to-table restaurant called The Barn and Pantry.
Today, Alyssa and her family live just outside of Gallatin and they found a perfect spot to bring something unique to Gallatin. This new venture in Middle Tennessee led Lindsey and Alyssa to continue to do what they love--working with local farmers and making local goods available to the community! The connections made here led them to open a charcuterie café, Bless Your Heart, or BYH, offering unique breakfast and lunch options, as well as charcuterie boards, grazing tables and shareable dessert boards. BYH is a warm and inviting restaurant just off the square in downtown Gallatin with an upbeat and social atmosphere. “Our BYH menu offers warm breakfast and brunch items like house-made seasonal quiche, Belgian waffles, tea sandwiches and scones; it’s a place for people to gather, converse, eat, snack and spend time together to relish life's moments and enjoy the company you’re with," says Lindsey.
Opening a restaurant is not without processes. From BYH Board + Bubbles to BYH Brunch + Boards, obtaining a liquor license in their downtown space was a challenge. Due to local and state regulations, and in combination with BYH's layout/size, their licensing to serve alcohol was initially denied. Lindsey and Alyssa quickly pivoted to a bring-your-own-bottle service! One month after their grand opening celebration, and after pursuing different optionss for approval, BYH was approved to sell liquor by the drink in March! Their curated cocktail list includes high-end whiskeys, ryes, bourbons, TC Craft Tequila, high-end reds, sparkling wine and of course mimosas!
Whatever you’re celebrating, BYH is quickly becoming Gallatin's meeting place and hangout to do just that. It is Gallatin's place to enjoy any day of the week, to celebrate any occasions, date night and any excuse for a ladies (or guys) weekend brunch! Aside from dining in, to-go, and catering, what’s next for BYH? Lindsay and Alyssa’s vision for the future is to further the relationship between people and food through community events like bread-making workshops, build your own cheese boards, preservation/food canning classes and more, all in an attempt to bring people and community together!
Article by Nicole Bell
Photography by Plum Poppy Photograpy
Originally published in Gallatin Lifestyle