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Germantown Pioneer The Mad Platter Will Close After 27 Years

New Year’s Eve will be its last service

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It’s a rarity these days to hear of a restaurant in the white-hot Germantown neighborhood closing its doors, but when it’s after nearly three decades in business, one certainly understands the desire for some rest.

Speaking with The Tennessean, The Mad Platter owners Craig and Marcia Jervis announced that they will close their pioneering 27-year-old restaurant and catering business on New Year’s Eve so that they can spend more quality time together and travel, including to their home in Costa Rica.

Opened in August 1989 in a two-story brick building at 1239 6th Avenue North, the restaurant was way ahead of the curve, opening at a time when Germantown was primarily made up of warehouses and not the desirable residential and restaurant destination it has become today.

But the door is left open for a possible return of The Mad Platter in the future, with Marcia Jervis saying that “The Mad Platter is not dying. We might pop up somewhere else in a different form. But The Mad Platter as a seven day a week restaurant is not happening[.]”

As for the property itself, the Nashville Post reports (paywall) that the 3,858-square-foot building owned by the Jervis’s is currently under contract to a prospective buyer that “is very aware of what’s happening in Germantown and will be a heavy contributor to the neighborhood[.]”