One of Tennessee’s favorite breweries will soon add a new food option for its patrons. The classic combination of a burger and brew came to mind when Linus and Lila Hall of Yazoo Brewery and Steve and Susan Richter of Grillshack Burgers and Fries teamed up to bring forth a Grillshack walk-up service window inside Yazoo’s Madison taproom, located at 900 River Bluff Dr.
The team will likely start slinging burgers and fries by the end of the year, if not, by the new year. An exact grand opening date is forthcoming.
The partnership comes at an exciting time for both brands, with the Yazoo and the Grillshack teams each celebrating a milestone 20th anniversary since beginning operations in Nashville. Originating as a food truck, Grillshack opened its small brick-and-mortar shack at 1000 Riverside Drive in East Nashville in 2003, followed by a second location in Germantown in 2019. The residency in Yazoo’s taproom marks the brand’s third location in 20 years. Grillshack serves a no-frills, authentic menu with options for all, including burgers with locally sourced beef, Impossible meat, homemade veggie burgers, chicken wings, sandwiches, fries, and wedge salads.
According to a press release, the pairing of the two concepts is a match made in heaven, as both owners were already well acquainted with each others’ work.
“We hit it off, and soon decided to lease them our small kitchen, to create a Grillshack location inside our taproom”, said Linus in the release. “Their fries are the best I’ve ever had. And what could go better with a pint of Yazoo than a hot order of fries and a great burger?”
Steve agreed, saying, “Susan and I have been enjoying Yazoo beers for years, often as we honed our unique five-stage cooking process that makes incredible fries you’ll find nowhere else. It seems natural to pair our passion for the ultimate fry with another family-owned Nashville original like Yazoo.”
Yazoo began operations in Marathon Village in 2003, its inception marking Nashville’s first production brewery since prohibition. Operations later moved to its much larger 5,000-square-foot taproom and 24,000-square-foot brewery in Madison, where it currently operates. Yazoo offers over 20 staple beers in its rotation, as stated on its website.