TALENTS: What box? Foodie, visionary, thinker
Manuel Zeitlin is a busy Nashville architect. If you ask him about all those projects, though, he's somewhat sheepish about how prolific Manuel Zeitlin Architects has been. "You know the pathological liar on Saturday Night Live?'' He says, "That's who I felt like because [a prospective client] would mention, 'We saw this cool project today,' and I'm like, 'Oh yeah, I did that.'
'We like to try new things, grow as artists,'' he continues. "That’s always been really important to us as architects, taking risks. We very rarely do the same thing twice."
Zeitlin doesn't fly on airplanes, so he says part of his motivation to help make Nashville a world-class city is self-serving. "If I'm going to be here for the most part, I want it to be really interesting."
Part of what he loves about Nashville today, compared to when he moved back to the city in 1980, is the breadth of dining options. "I got homesick and came home. And there was basically one little Korean restaurant in the back of the market with three stools. Now the choices of ethnic food are just unlimited," he says. And although he's the architect behind The Catbird Seat, among his favorite places to eat around town are two holes-in-the wall in Inglewood: El Jaliciense and Bailey & Cato.
What might be most surprising: Golf is my new passion. I’m either working or golfing.