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A First Look at the Menu at Mother’s Ruin, Opening This December in Germantown

A double cheeseburger with Old Bay seasoned waffle fries, green chile queso with corn chips, and more

Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

New York-based bar and restaurant Mother’s Ruin adds a new outpost to its roster — with a potential grand opening date of December 12 in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood. Mother’s Ruin is also expanding to Chicago sometime this fall.

The name Mother’s Ruin, brain child of TJ Lynch and Richard Knapp (who have added as partners James Metze and Nick Pfannerstill) is a nod to the mid-eighteenth century nickname for gin. Pfannerstill takes charge of the kitchen in Nashville, serving up an approachable menu of upgraded bar fare designed for everyday eaters.

On the menu, find a mother’s double cheeseburger with old bay waffle fries (they’re ranked among the best fries in NYC), a loaded shrimp roll studded with celery and creole dressing, and charred eggplant dip with pine nuts and berbere spices, among others. They’ll serve brunch seven days a week, with vegan and vegetarian options available throughout the day. The full menu runs until 2am nightly.

Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

To drink — a constantly changing cast of cocktails and slushies. Mother’s Ruin prides itself on “hospitality over ego” — breaking free from bowties and jiggers, with bartenders trained to deliver the highest quality drinks in the fastest possible time. Bartenders undergo an intense training program, focused on spirits knowledge and technique, to train both their palates and their hands.

Located at 1239 Sixth Avenue North, the Mother’s Ruin team has restored the historic building that previously housed The Mad Platter. The 1200-square-foot main bar room at Mother’s Ruin Nashville features a 36-foot bar, while upstairs, a renovated owner’s apartment and glassed-in patio is available for private event bookings and sunset views.

In the spring, look for an additional 1500-square-feet of garden seating.

Once open (grand opening December 12), Mother’s Ruin Nashville will attempt to establish themselves as Nashville’s year-round watering hole — open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., 365 days a year.

See the full menu below.

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