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Germantown’s Newest Bar Opens Just in Time to Escape Family During the Holidays

New York-based Mother’s Ruin opens its Nashville outpost on Monday, December 23

Chef/Partner Nick Pfannerstill
Courtesy of Nick Pfannerstill

Germantown welcomes a new bar serving late night food on Monday, December 23, when lively New York-based bar Mother’s Ruin opens in the former Mad Platter space.

Located at 1239 Sixth Avenue North, the bar is the brainchild of TJ Lynch and Richard Knapp, who have also added partners James Metze and Nick Pfannerstill (who will serve as Nashville’s executive chef).

The name Mother’s Ruin is a nod to the mid-eighteenth century nickname for gin, but non-gin lovers can breathe a sigh of relief because they’re pouring much more than just gin here. There will be a constantly changing cast of cocktails and slushies. A few Nashville-appropriate cocktail names on the opening menu include a vodka based “death by roundabout” and the “runaway bride” tequila concoction.

Mother’s Ruin claims to focus 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.

On the food side of things, get excited for another new much-needed late night dining option, with a full menu running until 2 a.m. nightly. There’s a double cheeseburger with old bay waffle fries (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. See the full menus and scroll through some sneak peeks of the food offerings below.

Mother’s Ruin is also opening in Chicago soon. Once open in Nashville, Mother’s Ruin will attempt to establish themselves as a year-round watering hole — open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., 365 days a year.

Old Bay seasoned waffle fries
Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]
Cholula honey chicken wings
Mother’s Ruin [Official Photo]

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