Popular Germantown bar + restaurant, Geist, announced that it will be re-opening its doors on Friday, December 11th, after nine months of reconstruction following severe damage from the March 3rd tornado that tore through Nashville earlier this year.missing or outdated ad config
Set within historic walls, Geist was once home to Nashville’s oldest family-owned business where three generations of the Geist family worked blacksmithing and horseshoeing. Thankfully, Geist was able to rebuild brick by brick, salvaging every significant piece that gives the building such character and pays homage to Nashville’s past. In addition to the March 3rd tornado, the Geist team, like many others, faced challenges this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, shifting construction timelines in order to safely navigate the renovation process.
“We can’t thank the community enough for their support throughout this rebuild. We want our guests to walk back in to Geist and feel like we haven’t skipped a beat, almost like it’s March 4th and none of this ever happened,” shares owner Doug Martin. “While a devastating tornado followed by a global pandemic is not how we had imagined celebrating our two-year anniversary this past March, we’re thankful that our team was safe and that we’ve had such eager anticipation for our re-opening. We can’t wait to pop some champagne and welcome everyone back to the Geist they know and love.”
While the majority of Geist’s renovations will allow the space to remain the same as before, the restaurant is excited to introduce a new improvement to its outdoor Champagne Garden: a louvered roofing structure from StruXure Outdoor. As the first of its kind in the Nashville market, this smart roofing system adjusts based on the weather and comes equipped with heaters, allowing for patrons to dine outside even on rainy or colder days–a welcome addition to those looking to comfortably eat al fresco during the winter months and beyond.
Opening for weekend brunch and Tuesday–Sunday dinner service, Executive Chef Seamus Rozycki will be back in the kitchen serving up fan-favorites like Geist’s housemade charcuterie board, beef tartare and shrimp & grits, while Freddy Schwenk shakes up drinks like the Pleasure Point (vodka, aperol, st.-germain, pineapple and cinnamon) and the Champagne Julep (brut, cognac, mint and sonic ice) behind the bar.
In accordance with metro health guidelines, masks will be required to enter Geist, tables will be socially distanced, and all staff will be temperature checked daily as well. Geist will be open Tuesday–Thursday from 5–10 p.m., Friday from 5–11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.–11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.– 9 p.m. Walk-ins are welcomed but reservations are encouraged and can be made on OpenTable.