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May 25, 2024

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M.L. Rose to Open in Franklin

M.L.Rose Franklin is expected to open at 3084 Columbia Avenue, a former Chili’s location, in the spring of 2024.

M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers has plans to expand to Franklin, founder Austin Ray recently announced. M.L.Rose Franklin, the brand’s second new location announced for 2024, is expected to open at 3084 Columbia Avenue, a former Chili’s location, in the spring.

“Many of our friends in Franklin have been asking for an M.L.Rose for years, and we’re excited to be breathing new life into an existing restaurant building with plenty of parking,” said M.L.Rose founder and CEO Austin Ray. “I’m thrilled our expansion is bringing us South to Franklin. The patio will have a real front porch/back yard feel with plenty of TVs for meeting up to watch sports. Next year will be an exceptional time of growth for M.L.Rose, and we’re ready to offer Franklin the great atmosphere, burgers and craft beer we pride ourselves on. Our commitment to craft beer will only grow with this move, and we love meeting and supporting breweries near our new locations, both big and small.”

M.L.Rose Franklin will be uniquely designed to cater to the local sports crowd with ample space and TV coverage. The location will also feature a covered, dog-friendly patio in addition to a spacious turf area and outdoor fireplace.

Financing for both projects totals over $7.5 million, including the purchase of the building at 3701 Gallatin Pike in Inglewood.

“We’ve been enjoying burgers and beverages at M.L.Rose for years, and we are proud to partner with this local, growing restaurant company by financing their new Franklin and Inglewood locations,” says Rob Boyd, senior vice president at First Bank. “We have several offices throughout Tennessee, but our team in downtown Franklin is especially excited about this new option for a place to meet up.”

About M.L.Rose

The original M.L.Rose opened on 8th Avenue South in 2008 and quickly became a neighborhood staple. The combination of great burgers, pub food and a focus on the emerging craft beer market prompted rapid growth, as well as the second location on Charlotte Avenue, which opened in 2012, M.L.Rose Capitol View, which opened in 2017. M.L.Rose Mt. Juliet, the first location outside of Nashville, opened in 2021. In addition to Franklin, M.L.Rose plans to open a location in East Nashville’s Inglewood neighborhood in 2024.

With the M.L.Rose brand now well-known to craft beer lovers, guests can expect an expansive craft beer menu with 36 local and craft beers on tap, as well as some of the Nashville area’s favorite burgers, served with a crispy pile of signature waffle fries, pub food favorites like nachos and wings, and fresh items like sandwiches and salads for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch.

Additional details for the Franklin location, including a specific opening timeline, will be released at a later date. For more information, visit



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.