After 62 years in business, German restaurant and bar Gerst Haus will close its doors later this month.
Situated at 301 Woodland St. across from Nissan Stadium, The Tennessean confirmed with restaurant reps earlier this morning that next Saturday will indeed be its last day of service. A exact reason for the closure is not currently known.
First opened in 1955 by the Gerst family, the restaurant was relocated from its original spot to Woodland St. in 1970. Current owners Jim and Jerry Chandler purchased the restaurant in 1988, which had to be moved again to its current location on Woodland to make way for the construction of the city’s new professional football stadium.
The Chandler brothers have seen plenty of changes for their portfolio of casual restaurants and bars over the past year and a half. In the fall of 2016 their pool hall Melrose Billiards closed after 47 years in business, with local restaurateur Austin Ray and his A. Ray Hospitality Group taking over the space, giving it a spit polish and upgrades and reopening as Melrose Billiard Parlor just a few months later. The Chandlers are currently working on opening Chandler Brothers Houston Street Pool Room in Wedgewood-Houston.
And just last week the Hillsboro Village building that houses Sportsman’s Grille went on the market. Opened in 1991, Jim Chandler tells the Nashville Post that an exact closing date is not currently known for the northern hunting lodge-themed bar, but “that if the opportunity arises, ‘we may be able to negotiate a new lease’ with the future owners of the building.”