Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, known for its exceptional spirits Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey, Nelson Brothers Classic Bourbon and Nelson Brothers Reserve Bourbon, announced the grand opening of its new distillery restaurant located in Marathon Village. Collaboratively conceived by the talented Nelson’s Green Brier hospitality team, the restaurant showcases a diverse range of gourmet distillery-inspired cuisine, paying homage to the rich heritage of the Nelson family.
“A top-notch, experienced group has been leading the charge in opening this restaurant,” says Erica Dahlgren, Manager of Hospitality at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. “We’re proud of the dedication and thoughtfulness that’s gone into this space, menu and team. Our guests are sure to experience a wonderful meal and environment when visiting.”
The menu features a refined twist on comfort food infused with Southern flair and local influences with sides and appetizers like fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and BBQ carrots, as well as entrées like the Croque Madame, a smoked Gifford’s bologna on brioche; the Soft-Shell Crab, a Nashville hot crab sandwich; and a Niman Ranch double patty smash burger dubbed The No. 5. For dessert lovers, there are tantalizing treats like German chocolate cake, peach and cinnamon poundcake and a boozy milkshake made with Louisa’s Liqueur.
The restaurant distillery boasts a full-service bar offering an impressive selection of flights from a wide range of Nelson’s products, including exclusive distillery releases, as well as imaginative cocktails crafted with Nelson’s bourbons and whiskeys, as well as their new house-made vodka and gin. Some noteworthy concoctions include the Peach & Thyme Smash, a light and refreshing blend of Nelson Brothers Classic Bourbon, peach puree, lemon and thyme; The Bollinger, a delightful fusion of Nelson Brothers Classic Bourbon and Louisa’s Coffee Caramel Pecan Liqueur; and the Cold Fashioned, a frozen twist on the classic Old Fashioned made with Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey. Additionally, beer enthusiasts can enjoy a selection of domestic and local brews such as Modelo, Bearded Iris Brewing Homestyle IPA and Walker Bros.
Executive Chef Joey Ray expresses, “It was our goal to create a menu that strikes the perfect balance between approachability and sophistication, while also showcasing the captivating stories from the Nelson family heritage. We want this restaurant to be a gathering place for friends and family, whether after a distillery tour or any occasion, for locals and tourists alike.”
Executive Chef Ray and the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Hospitality team have been integral in the development and opening of the restaurant, including key members
- Erica Dahlgren, Manager of Hospitality
- Kevin Dolson, Assistant General Manager of Hospitality
- Mike Wolf, Assistant General Manager of Hospitality
- Rachel Ramirez, Beverage Lead
- Christopher Garritson, Sous Chef
The restaurant, which seats 100 guests, also services several onsite private event spaces, including the Whiskey Garden, Coopers Club, Oak Room and Rickhouse Room, with capacities ranging from 30 to up to 200 attendees. These exclusive spaces are available for private booking and ideal for hosting mixers, seated dinners, corporate events, weddings, distillery product launch parties and more.
The restaurant is just one element of a larger-scale transformation of the distillery experience, which encompasses educational and interactive tours, expanded hospitality offerings, private event spaces and additional enhancements slated for completion by the end of this summer. Once renovations are finished, the newly furnished and redesigned 50,000-square-foot distillery will be divided between consumer and hospitality spaces, including Nelson’s Green Brier spirits production and office space.