First look: Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House in Germantown

Restaurateur Austin Ray and chef Jason Brumm plan Tuesday to pursue conceptual design approval for their new Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House that’s in the works for Germantown.

A related filing with the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s design review committee provided a preliminary glimpse of the patio structure for the restaurant planned at 1004 Fourth Ave. N.

“We are looking for approval to gain the building permit,” said John Root, the project architect. “We are renovating the existing building, so we are looking for approval for all proposed changes.”

The sausage and beer garden is targeted for opening this summer near First Tennessee Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds. The communal dining concept is expected to offer roughly 40 beers on tap with a variety of sausages.

Until 1983, the 7,500 square foot building at 1004 Fourth Ave. N. housed the Trailblazer Station bus depot. Most recently, it was used as a construction office for Embrey Builders, which built the Carillon Apartments nearby.

Root’s Nashville-based rootARCH is the architect for the Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House project. Tuesday’s presentation to MDHA’s design review committee is related to the Germantown location being within a redevelopment district.

Ray is the founder of A.Ray Hospitality, parent company to M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, The Sutler and the newly opened Melrose Billiard Parlor.

Chef Brumm’s background includes stints with Watercolors, 30A, Radius 10 and Strategic Hospitality, which he left to join A.Ray Hospitality as a partner and chef.

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