Friday, September 5, 2014

Mad Platter Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

With all the hoopla about new restaurant openings in town, it's easy to forget about some of the longtime players in Nashville's culinary history. On Aug. 22, the Mad Platter team celebrated 25 years since they first opened their Germantown favorite. I don't know how many Bitesters lived in Nashville in 1989, but it wasn't the hip culinary destination that it is today. That Craig and Marcia Jervis made the gamble to bring fine dining to the neighborhood is a testament to their dedication.

Another restaurant had been located at the same spot at 1239 Sixth Ave. N., but had been closed for more than a year when the Jervises made their leap. Soon after opening, the couple moved in upstairs so they could keep a closer eye on their new venture. As the neighborhood gentrified around them, they have remained dedicated supporters of Germantown and independent restaurateurs.

In her own way of quietly commemorating the occasion, Marcia invited a few notable ladies over to dinner last Friday night. She was joined around the table by Nicki Wood, Carrington Fox, Kay West, Nancy Vienneau and Thayer Wine for some deep discussion about the history of Nashville dining. Oh, to be a fly on that wall ... (not to imply that there are flies in the dining room at Mad Platter.)

There was no set agenda, just some remarkable women sitting around talking. The fact that our city has five great food writers that Marcia acknowledges could really make or break a restaurant during the '90s and Aughts with their intelligent commentary on the pages of the Scene, The Tennessean and the Banner is something that we should all be proud of. That they are all women should not be an issue, but it certainly is another inspiring detail about the history of Music City's culinary community. Kudos to Marcia for bringing them together and congratulations on 25 years!

Drop by Mad Platter sometime soon and wish them a happy birthday.

Mad Platter
1239 Sixth Ave. N.
(615) 242-2563

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