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After Tornado and Pandemic, Geist Rebuilds and Reopens With New Menu and Year-Round Champagne Garden

A retractable roof and heaters make outdoor dining friendlier throughout the year

Kenzie Maroney

After tornado devastation ceased operations prior to COVID-19 setting in in Nashville, chic Germantown watering hole Geist is reopening its doors for business on Friday, December 11.

The new menu (still from executive chef Seamus Rozycki) shows a few familiar dishes but there are also lots of new options. On the dinner menu, cheese and charcuterie lead the cause, with other starters like whipped feta with garlic honey, hot broiled oysters with aleppo bread crumbs, and a warm beet salad to follow. Large format menu items include a pepita-sprinked mushroom pappardelle, grilled salmon in sweet corn broth, and a braised pork shank. There are beefy options like a burger or an 8-ounce filet, too.

For brunch, look for the usual suspects like daily special pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or a traditonal breakfast platter. There’s also chilaquiles, a fried oyster BLT, a pork roll, and beignets on the weekend brunch menu.

Freddy Schwenk will still run the bar with his signature drinks like the sherry margarita, guava-laced daiquiris, and the champagne julep.

Starting Friday, December 11, Geist will. be open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, plus brunch on weekends.

Geist first opened in March of 2018, in the former blacksmith that was well over a century old. The post-tornado rebuilt involves a transition to the outdoor champagne garden, with a movable roof and heaters that make it more friendly for year-round outdoor dining.

The historic space reopens on Friday, December 11 at 5 p.m. Reservations, available on OpenTable, are recommended but not required.

See the full drink, brunch, and dinner menus, plus a shot or two of the new space below.

Kenzie Maroney

Geist will follow Metro’s Health Department guidelines, including requiring masks, social distancing, and requiring staff temperature checks.

Geist [Official Site]

Geist Bar + Restaurant

311 Jefferson Street, , TN 37208 (615) 920-5440 Visit Website

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