Germantown favorite Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen is planning an expansion to be completed by next spring.
The restaurant and open-air beer garden, which opened in October 2017, covers 7,500 square feet of indoor dining and a 1,200-square-foot covered patio.
A covered, heated 6,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor pavilion will replace the beer garden, according to Nashville-based hospitality group A.Ray Hospitality, which is also behind local establishments M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers and Melrose Billiard Parlor.
Private events of up to 300 guests in the pavilion can make use of a newly added kitchen, storage and audio-visual capabilities. Overall, the complete building will be able to host 800 guests.
Extra seats will be available under a roof with heaters and fans to accommodate guests during all weather throughout the year.
“We are seeing increasing demand for space, both for private events and regular business, especially during weekend brunches and ‘Big Stein Thursdays,’” owner and founder Austin Ray said.
“The vision for the property was always to use the entire space as a sprawling beer garden.” Ray added that it was recent news of mixed-use and multifamily construction projects nearby that influenced the decision to expand.
At the renovated Von Elrod’s, the fast-casual setting can allow customers to pick up their meals as well as beer and cocktails at a walk-up, concession-style bar.