Rambler, an Underground Cocktail Bar, is Coming to Melrose

Aug 7, 2018

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A bar-within-a-bar is slated for the underground space in 8th Avenue South’s The Sutler Saloon,adjacent to The Melrose Billiard Parlor.

Owner Austin Ray says the underground cocktail bar at 2600 8th Avenue South will be a standalone brand and destination. Details are still in development, but Ray says to look for a space for groups of all sizes, as well as an approachable cocktail menu—with ingredients that don’t require a dictionary.

Rambler is the newest project for Nashville-based hospitality group A.Ray Hospitality, of local restaurants M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, The Sutler, Melrose Billiard Parlor, and Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House.

Rambler, The Sutler, and Melrose Billiard Parlor are owned by A.Ray Hospitality and Joe Parkes, Jr., David Parkes, and Gary Parkes of The Parkes Companies.

The “cellar,” which was never officially named, had previously served as a speakeasy bar and private event space since The Sutler opened in September 2014.

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The Sutler to See Cocktail Bar in Below-Ground Space

Aug 7, 2018

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Nashville-based restaurateur Austin Ray is eyeing a subterranean cocktail bar to operate from the space below his The Sutler Saloon in Melrose.

According to a release, an opening date for what will be called Rambler has not yet been finalized. However, the bar will be a “standalone space” within the Sutler. Adjacent to that restaurant/bar is Ray’s Melrose Billiard Parlor.

The three businesses join residential and other retail and restaurant spaces with The Melrose development at 2600 Eighth Ave. S. Across the street sits Ray’s M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, open now for 10 years.

Ray, who operates his restaurants and bars via A.Ray Hospitality, is not disclosing the cost to get the cocktail bar operational. In the release, Ray notes Rambler will be a “standalone brand and destination.” It will function as a “distinct bar within a bar.”

“Across all of our brands, we focus on the ‘third place’ where people can unwind and socialize outside of their home and office,” Ray said in the release. “A great bar should be fun and personable, and shouldn’t require too much explanation. Expect a cocktail menu worthy of exploring — but that doesn’t require a dictionary — in a memorable underground space. People in Nashville love to go out in groups, and we’re upping the ante on design and seating areas for different sized parties.”

A so-called “cellar” (pictured), which was never officially named, previously had been used as a speakeasy bar and frequent private event space since The Sutler opened in a reinvented manner in September 2014. Since then, phase two of The Melrose mixed-use development has been completed, bringing what Ray called a “substantial increase in residents, as well as free surface and garage parking.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

In addition to A.Ray Hospitality, Joe Parkes Jr., David Parkes, and Gary Parkes of The Parkes Companies own The Sutler, Rambler and Melrose Billiard Parlor.

A.Ray Hospitality also owns and operates M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers in Sylvan Park and in Capitol View, and Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House in North Capitol near Germantown.

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Austin Ray Announces New Melrose Bar

Aug 7, 2018

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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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Underground Cocktail Bar 'Rambler' to Open Inside The Sutler Saloon

Aug 7, 2018

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A new underground cocktail bar is set to open inside The Sutler Saloon, the latest in the historic Melrose redevelopment on 8th Avenue South."Rambler," which owner Austin Ray describes as a "bar within a bar," is being spearheaded by A.Ray Hospitality.

The restaurant group also owns The Sutler, Melrose Billiard Parlor, M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers and Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House.

While the cocktail lounge will be located in the basement of The Sutler, Rambler will be a standalone brand and destination, A.Ray Hospitality announced, making it one of three distinct bars to visit in Melrose.

Details are still in development, and Ray hasn't announced when the new bar is expected to open.

Patrons can "expect a cocktail menu worth of exploring – but that doesn't require a dictionary," the group announced in a news release Friday.

Seating areas will be designed for different sized parties inside what has unofficially been known as "the Cellar" of The Sutler, which opened in 2014.

Phase two has since been completed in the Melrose apartment development located on the same property, bringing even more traffic to the adjacent bars and restaurants and an opportunity for the company to expand to add another brand.

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Midland Toasts First Career #1 with "Drinkin' Problem"

Oct 12, 2017

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NASHVILLE, TN (October 12, 2017) – Nashville came out strong yesterday (10/11) to celebrate Midland’s first career No. 1 for their certified-GOLD debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” at the Sutler Saloon. Midland co-wrote Country Music’s definitive drinking tune of 2017 with hit tunesmiths Shane McAnally (GMR) and Josh Osborne (ASCAP) and recorded alongside esteemed producer, Dann Huff. The feat marked Osborne’s 14th no. 1 and McAnally’s 25th ascend during the celebration hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

Midland follows the chart-topper with their new optimistic tune, “Make A Little” from their critically-acclaimed debut album on Big Machine Records. Touted as “the year’s best Country album” by The Washington Post, ON THE ROCKS earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart.

Fans can catch Midland this weekend at Austin City Limits Music Festival and out with Jon Pardi on CMT On Tour this fall. In early 2018, the trio will take the stage with Little Big Town and Kasey Musgraves. For more information about new music and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit MidlandOfficial.com.

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Jake Owen and Writers Celebrate 'American Country Love Song'

Sep 5, 2017

Exactly one year after topping the charts, Music Row, friends and family assembled at The Sutler Saloon in Nashville on Tuesday (Sept. 5) to celebrate Jake Owen's sixth No. 1 single "American Country Love Song."

Written by BMI's Ross Copperman and ASCAP's Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, the close friends - who cumulatively boast over 50 No. 1 hits - shared many laughs as they rejoiced in their second shared chart topping hit.

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Best Brunch Spots In Nashville

Jul 5, 2017

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Nashville has become a city full of culinary talent providing locals with amazing restaurants. While dinner often steals the spotlight, we are highlighting the BestNashville Brunch Spots! We define the best brunch spots based on menus, originality, and atmosphere. All of the following restaurants are locally owned and operated.

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  • Neighborhood: Melrose
  • Brunch Days & Times: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • What to Order: Sweet Potato Pancakes
  • Good to Know: It’s Bluegrass Brunch! Bottomless Mimosas are $15.

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Lauren Alaina and Writers Celebrate ‘Road Less Traveled’

Jun 14, 2017

Friends, family and fans of Lauren Alaina packed the Sutler May 24 in a “number onesie” celebration for BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina and the co-writers of her #1 hit “Road Less Traveled.” Written with BMI writer Jesse Frasure and writer Meghan Trainor, the song hit #1 last month. “Road Less Traveled” is also the title track of an upcoming movie starring Lauren and featuring six original songs written and performed by the rising star.

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Michael Ray and Writers Celebrate ‘Think A Little Less’

Jun 14, 2017

The Sutler Saloon saw a crowd of friends, family, and industry executives converge on June 13 in celebration of “Think A Little Less,” which recently soared to number one on the country charts. Written by BMI talents Thomas Rhett and Barry Dean with writers Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite, the song is the second number one for Warner Music Nashville artist Michael Ray. Fresh off the heels of his moving performance at CMA Fest with Randy Travis, Ray has a new music coming soon and a summer full of tour dates across the country. Congratulations to the country music stars!Read the full article here.

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