Nashville’s dining scene has been abuzz ever since Austin Ray and Chef Jason Brumm announced they were partnering on an undisclosed project in a yet-to-be-named location. There were few details in the original disclosure other than it was promised to bring a much-needed type of food to a neighborhood that was underserved, but Tennessean food writer Jim Myers breathlessly hinted, “I’ve been selfishly waiting thirty years for a place like this to open in Nashville. I am giddy with hope and excitement.”
High praise, indeed, but if you know Jim, there were some clues in that initial article. In addition to being a veteran food writer, Jim is a proud native of Wisconsin and a big baseball fan. So when word became official that the new Ray/Brumm restaurant will be a sausage and beer garden named Von Elrod’s, located less than a hundred feet from the home-plate entrance of First Tennessee Park, it all begins to make sense.
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