Austin Ray, the restaurateur behind M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers and a handful of other notable Nashville concepts, is opening a bar within a bar on Eighth Avenue South.

Rambler, the new concept, will be a standalone underground cocktail bar inside The Sutler Saloon, another A.Ray Hospitality restaurant, the company announced Friday. The new bar will replace the existing “cellar” speakeasy bar in The Sutler, which was never officially named.

Certain details of the new bar are still being finalized, but Ray, in a news release, said customers can expect “a cocktail menu worthy of exploring — but that doesn’t require a dictionary — in a memorable underground space.”

Rambler marks the third concept for Ray in the Melrose mixed-use project, which was developed by The Parkes Cos. Joe Parkes Jr.David Parkes and Gary Parkes are Ray’s partners in The Sutler, Melrose Billiard Parlor and the forthcoming Rambler.

The trio of restaurants sit across the street from the original M.L.Rose, which has since expanded to Charlotte Avenue and the Capitol View development.

“The residential density in the [Eighth] Avenue/Melrose neighborhood has grown by leaps and bounds since The Sutler opened four years ago, and certainly since M.L.Rose opened across the street nearly 10 years ago,” Ray said in the Rambler news release. “As the cocktail and bar scene in Nashville becomes much more established, we saw an opportunity to use this space, which is an underground escape in the middle of a bustling area, to create a spot ideal for grabbing drinks and socializing. Building a brand new, standalone concept inside an existing venue like The Sutler is a great exercise in creativity for me and my team — we’re excited to finally give this space the attention it deserves.”

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